OBITUARY

Juan Carlos Castro

December 27, 1965July 24, 2020
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We are heartbroken to share that Juan Carlos Castro of Miami Florida, devoted husband and remarkable father, has left this world too soon. He passed away at the age of 54 on July 24th, 2020 after succumbing to a sudden cardiac arrest.

Juan attended the University of Miami and graduated Summa Cum Laude with both a Bachelors degree in Telecommunication/Broadcast Media in 1988 and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 1990. Though his dream was to work alongside George Lucas, he accidentally fell into the banking industry. With his high intelligence and strong work ethic, he enjoyed a very successful career, moving up the ladder swiftly in the banking sector.

Juan left an indelible impact on everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He was kindhearted, compassionate, fun loving and generous. He was known for his quick wit, his boisterous laughter and his charismatic ability to connect with anyone who crossed his path. He must be the only Starbucks customer from Naples to Miami whose order was ready and waiting once his big blue truck appeared. He was the gentlest of giants at 6’10”, a big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make anyone smile.

Juan will always be remembered for his deep love for his wife and daughters and his devotion to his extended family. His passion for Star Wars and Starbucks is evident in his various lifelong collections. His co-workers looked forward to admiring his many antique and unusual tie pins he wore every day. There was only one thing that truly scared Juan (which tickled his girls) and that was his fear that Big Foot indeed existed.

Juan leaves behind a legacy of intelligence, strong leadership, clever sense of humor, perseverance and the pursuit of higher knowledge in his daughters Micaela and Tilly Rose. His constant reminder of loyalty and protection to his girls will be with them forever.

Juan was preceded in death by his father, and is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 30 years, Paula, and their two daughters, Micaela and Tilly Rose. Juan also left behind his mother, Jeris Castro, along with loving in-laws, an abundance of nieces and nephews, four siblings and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, Juan’s brothers-in-law, now surrogate Dads, have requested donations to be made directly to Micaela and Tilly Rose for continued pursuit of their higher education.

If you do prefer to send flowers to the funeral home, please send red roses arrangements.

“Soon will I rest, yes, forever sleep. Twilight is upon me, and soon night must fall. That is the way of things.” Yoda to Luke

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Todd Feinberg

August 5, 2020

He brought out the best in everyone within his otherworldly positive orbit of uncanny wit, humor, and well-placed mischief. Fun times at the office always began with Juan's arrival and the balloons sank to the floor whenever he left for the day. He was a rare force of nature who made a difference on this earth, someone I shall always cherish for insisting not to take life too seriously, and I was fortunate to have been on the receiving end of so many great memories.

Kick it into hyperdrive Juan!

Jeffrey Echavarria

August 3, 2020

Dear Castro Family,
My deepest condolences and may God strengthen you.
I had the honor and privilege of working with Juan for four years at City National Bank. Not only was he a giant in stature, but also a giant at heart. He always carried a smile and had a great sense of humor. He actually nicknamed me his bouncer, since I used to sit right outside his office in Brickell. He always had plenty of internal customers (i.e., the salespeople) waiting outside his office or trying to barge in at any given time of the day and he would jokingly yell "bouncer" as his unique way of saying: I'm going to need some help here. His well known passion for Star Wars actually made me buy him a Star Wars tie once, which he proudly wore to a bank-wide event. He was without a doubt one of the best bosses I've had. Juan Castro was a brilliant banker/leader/mentor, but above all a one of a kind human being that will surely be missed by all who knew him.

Michelle Acevedo

August 3, 2020

To the Castro Family:
Matthew 5:4 - "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." During these hard times, God is that much closer to us. He hears your heart and knows your pain. So be comforted to know that He is close, and comfort will come from the presence of the Lord.
I thank God every day for the opportunity he gave me to work with Juan these past few months. He was an inspiration. I thank him for the confidence he put in me to get the job done. I will always remember you! Rest in Peace, Juan.

Esther Paine

August 3, 2020

Sending our sincerest Condolences to you all, and wishing you comfort at this very difficult time.
With our love, Esther, Victoria and Eleanorxxx

Andre Thomas

August 3, 2020

It’s hard to sit here and accept that Uncle Juan is gone. It’s hard to accept that such, a kind, generous, and funny person is gone, and I almost couldn’t accept it until today. I literally remember the very first day I met him, and looked through the window at Mom mom’s house to see who was there, and kept having to look up and up and up and it was him. And every day after that, I always looked up to him, not for just his height, but for the type of person he was. He made liking Star Wars and every other geeky thing I liked ok, not just for me, but for my parents, because if someone as successful as he was liked it, then it must mean I could emulate that success. He made my life richer and better, because he and Aunty Paula, from the time they moved into that green apartment building in downtown Miami, made me appreciate music and movies and all sorts of food and trips I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. I mean who finds a hill that makes cars roll uphill in the middle of nowhere in Florida? I’m going to miss his laugh, giving him the biggest hugs, and the sarcastic eyerolls we’d share across a room. But I’ll miss more how such a steady presence he was in my life, and in every room he walked into, and every situation he was in- you could always count on Uncle Juan to be there when you needed him. I miss him, and I mourn his loss and all of our lives are less bright without him in it.

John and Michaelle Schafer

August 3, 2020

We are so thankful to have spent last Thanksgiving with the Castro family and for the opportunity to get to know Juan. Juan was very hospitable and generous toward us and made us feel so welcome. We saw what a loving husband to Paula and father to Micaela and Tilly he was and he showed kindness to our daughter, Brie, Micaela's friend. Paula showed a beautiful display to Michaelle that Juan had made expressing his love for her. Juan and John also shared a common appreciation for Star Wars. We are so glad to have met him. We send our deepest sympathies and love to his family. May God comfort you. You are in our prayers.

Delia Benoit

August 3, 2020

You are one of the best Bosses I have ever worked with. Your intelligence and leadership is unlike others I’ve met, but most of all, your good soul, jokes, quick wit, clever nicknames, contagious laugh, and your ability to always make everyone smile will be deeply missed. You were a GOOD man and a GENTLEman. As the new Angel in Heaven, you will take care of your wife and daughters.

I am honored and blessed to have worked with you Juan C.
You were truly a blessing in my life and I will miss you.
May You Rest In Peace.

Ela Rivero-Prieto

August 3, 2020

My deepest condolences to Paula, Micaela and Tilly, you have always been the light in his life.

I had the pleasure of working with Juan since his start at CNB. He guided us, and structured us and helped us grow in so many ways. One of the most intelligent men I have met but also one of the sweetest and kindest. He will be missed so very much.
Rest in Peace buddy and I am sure looking down at us and smiling like you always did.

Ela

Holly Castro

August 3, 2020

Losing someone in the family is so difficult. I cry for everyone else's pain along with my own. I cry for what they must feel, placing myself in the shoes of the people who will miss them the very most. I am extremely heartbroken to know my Uncle is no longer with us. I dont have any recent memories of him, but I remember all of my childhood ones. He was a happy-go-lucky jokester that could put a smile on anyone's face. I will never forget his signature, "What's that on your shirt?" line. He got myself and my siblings every, single. time.

It's very difficult to not have closure because of the suddenness of the situation and the distance. We may not have been as close in my adult years but my heart aches. I hope he knows how much I do cherish the pool days at his house, getting a ride as a kid in his blue ombre colored SUV, seeing his most amazing Starwars collection, and just always having such joy from the time we did spend together. He was my warm hearted, goofy Uncle that always brought laughter wherever he went . Kind hearted and intelligent. I always looked up to him and would brag about him and his success. I truly wish we had gotten more time together... all of us.
Sending my deepest condolences, as this world, and his family lost him too soon.

Rest in Peace and Love Uncle Juan.
Best Uncle in the Galaxy.
I hope you hear when I speak to you in my prayers. 😔

Meghan Pearson

August 3, 2020

Uncle Juan was such a great father to my cousins Micaela and Tilly and a great husband to my aunt. I have many memories of him driving Micaela, Tilly, me, my sister and all of our other cousins to the movies and to do other fun things together. I remember him for his devotion to his family, his great sense of humor, his love for Star Wars, his patience, and his kindness, all of which I see reflected in his daughters.
We will miss you,
Meghan

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