Johnny Castille Was A Union Member And A Liberal Democrat
I am sad to report the passing of my friend Johnny Castille.
Johnny was proud of his longtime membership in the United Auto Workers as a General Motors employee in Indiana.
He often referred to himself as a “liberal Democrat.”
Johnny had also fought in Vietnam.
He was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Houston.
Johnny was one of the first friends I made after I moved to Houston in 1998.
Waiting for his full retirement benefits to kick in after leaving GM, Johnny took a job as a bagger at a local supermarket.
He and I struck up a friendship in the once or twice a week I would see him at the store.
I’m sorry to say that after Johnny’s health no longer allowed him to work at the store, I did not do a good job in keeping in touch.
He left the store within the last six months or so. I made one effort to call him at home.
Johnny did not have a cellphone or a computer or an answering machine.
I just should have kept calling until I reached him.
If you have someone you value in your life, try keep in touch with them as best you can