McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC


Roberto Napoleon Castillo

August 7, 1933October 30, 2019

Roberto was born in San Salvador, El Salvador to Fernando and Rosa Castillo. He emigrated to San Francisco, California in March of 1953. A month later he proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. After his military service, he met Gladis Beltran and they wed on August 6,1960.

He was employed at Unit Built, a commercial casework manufacturer. With the closure of Unit Built, Roberto opened Designs in Wood out of his garage and eventually became a successful contractor under the name Wood Touch. Wood Touch continues its success under the management of his son, Robert Castillo.

Roberto was a proud Friend of Bill W. and worked sobriety 37 years. He was a generous soul, who promoted sobriety through his sponsorship of many friends. After retiring Roberto and Gladis were fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout the world. Even on vacation Roberto was sure to start A.A. meetings, to continue treating his addiction and help others. While traveling he loved to help underprivileged children, sharing his charity with them by either feeding them or by monetary means.

Roberto was charismatic, funny, loving, caring, full of life and most charitable. He loved sports and conservative politics passionately. He was a scholar of the English language and became an aficionado of the San Francisco Chronicle crossword puzzles. He was an avid reader of informative political books and enjoyed Fox News daily.

He loved his family most of all and is survived by Gladis, his wife of 59 years; his children, Lorena (Jeff), Robert (D'arcy), and Alma Jessica; his grandchildren, JonFranco, Kelsy, Audrey, Ella, and Sophia; and countless other family and friends.

The family will hold a private service in Charlotte, North Carolina where Roberto lived since June 2019. A memorial service will be held in San Francisco, California at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Robert expressed monetary donations in his name to "Project 90", 720 South B Street, San Mateo, California 94401. His passion for recovery from addiction will outlast any flowers.

"Keep coming back it works."

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Roberto Napoleon Castillo

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Celeste B

November 7, 2019

The man who had a tremendous impact in my life !!

Debbie and Bob Good

November 2, 2019

Lorena and Family -Our deepest sympathy. Your father was always so kind to us and the boys. I know he will be missed by all.