Rich Sentiments


In Memory of Rich Castino

Richard, 66, of Twp. of Washington, NJ, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016. He was born in New York City to Frank and Olga Castino. Beloved husband of Diane Castino. Devoted nephew of Nilda Bonino and her late husband Silvio, Maria Clara Castino and her late husband Stephen and the late Armando Achino. Dear cousin of the late Vivian Bonino, Robert Castino and his wife Della, Elaine Asciak and her late husband Michael, the late Dennis Bonino and his wife Cheryl, Steven Castino and his wife Diane. Cherished uncle of Robert and Brian Cavotto. Dear brother-in-law of Suzanne Cavotto. He was a graduate of Cliffside Park High School and Rutgers University. He earned a variety of Masters Degrees in mathematics, education and biochemistry. He was the past Chair and Treasurer of NYSAS. He was employed by Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ for 40 years. The family will receive their relatives and friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Thursday, May 26 from 3-7 PM. The service celebrating Richard's life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, May 27 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Richard's name to CJD,

Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road Westwood, NJ 07675 ,(201) 664-0292

Sentiments from NYSAS Officers

Kathryn Lee wrote the following along with Rich's boss, Rich Durand about Rich's career:

He was first and foremost such a good person in addition to great scientist who we will all miss. Rich worked at Sun Chemical in the Analytical Department for 40 years, and was a very valuable colleague. He generously shared all the information he had gained over the years about ink and the company, and used that experience and insight to help solve all the analytical questions and problems. He was a kind and patient mentor and an outstanding colleague for the team members that he worked with over the years. He always made time to help people no matter what his own workload. He was dedicated and committed to doing the best job possible and was a true spectroscopic expert who was highly valued. He developed many tests and procedures for analyses which contributed to team success. Rich established many strong relationships across the business which led to frequently being the contact person of choice for analytical support

Howard Mark wrote:

I got to know Richard through the NYSAS, as did many of the members. I was, perhaps, a bit closer to him than others due to our being co-treasurers of the Society (after his term as chair), meeting him at the Student Award meetings and also to our occasionally meeting for dinner with our wives, so that they also got to know each other.

In addition to being a generally nice guy, Richard was always animated, and with a smile on his face. What impressed me most about him was how meticulous he was when he approached the task of being treasurer, an extension of how he was with everything. For example, he did not simply collect the money at the regular meetings and deposit it in the Section's bank account. He also created and kept a careful record of who was at each meeting, and how much each gave, probably his own form of "double-entry bookkeeping". This record could be used to reconstruct the meeting finances if necessary, as well as supplement the "official" attendance sheet. Richard also went beyond the strict definition of the duties of a treasurer. He kept track, for example, of the terms of the various officers, how long each had been in office and who would be coming up for re-election, etc. I'm sure these characteristics are a reflection of the care he took in his professional life, as Kathryn described, that made him a superior analytical chemist, too.


David Tuschel wrote:

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our beloved Rich Castino. Rich was a gentleman, kind and considerate to all who knew him. He was the conscientious Treasurer of NYSAS  and served our chapter with great diligence. Rich will be missed greatly by all of us who had the honor and privilege to know him.


Debbie Peru wrote:

Rich was a good friend and dedicated officer of the NYSAS chapter of SAS.  My friendship with Rich and Diane started 10+ years ago working together as officers  of NYSAS.  Rich attended almost every meeting, and held a variety of positions in NYSAS, helping out whenever he could.   When I was Chair, Rich was by my side the entire time helping me in every way he could to organize meetings.   We enjoyed many student celebration boat rides along the Hudson together along with our families and friends at West Point.  For the past eight years, we have worked closely together to organize the Gold Medal award luncheon and session . Rich was always  lending support, leading by example with his particular attention to financial detail, and always being a good friend .  I will forever miss my beloved friend and colleague. 



Seetha Viswanathan wrote:

I had the pleasure of knowing Rich since 2008 when I first became a member of NYSAS.  I will forever remember him for his kindness and ever present smile.  My colleagues have very eloquently said everything I had to say.  So I will just say ‘Rest in Peace’ my dear friend, your NYSAS family will miss you!!