William Gary (Bill) Castine, Jr., 76, of Richmond, Virginia,entered into eternal life on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at home. He was born September 19, 1946, in Plattsburgh, the son of William and Isabel (Chenevert) Castine.
Bill was a dairy farmer who owned Ridgeview Farms in Champlain until its sale in 2008, using his business acumen and determination to grow it into what at one point was the largest dairy farm in all of New York and New England. He was a 1965 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Champlain.
Billy, as he was known to those closest to him, enjoyed spending time with his family, cheering on the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships, keeping up on current events and business trends, and collecting sports and farm memorabilia.
William is predeceased by his parents; eight brothers, Bobby, Daniel, Donald (Georgianna), Frances (Beatrice), Harold, Stanley (Linda), Wayne, and Wendell (Emily) Castine; and four sisters Carol Castine, Peggy Castine, Gloria Hart (Gerald), and Donna Castine.
He is survived by his beloved wife Theresa of 50 years whom he married September 16, 1972, at St. Mary’s in Champlain. They have two daughters, Julia Riley (James)of Southbridge, Va., and Tammy Jamil (Rodney) of Lancaster, Pa., and four grandchildren, Jacqueline and James Riley II, and Moussa and Kamal Jamil. He is further survived by a sisters in law, Pauline and Viola.
He is also survived by his brothers Gerald Castine and his wife Lorraine of Mooers, John Castine and his wife Jean of Champlain, and Kenneth Castine and his wife Kaping of Champlain; many nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law Ella Blixt and her husband David.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Champlain on Thursday, December 15, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the official charity of the Boston Red Sox.
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