2008 Chief Marshal

Meet the Chief Marshal for the 223rd 4th of July Celebration

Edward Castro

Our Chief Marshal for the 223rd Bristol Fourth of July Celebration is a native Bristolian and a 1960 graduate of Colt Memorial High School where he served as a class representative on the Student Council, Athletic Association and Senior Class Executive Committee. He played varsity baseball and basketball. He was selected to the Class C Baseball All Division Team. At graduation exercises he received the Pasquale C. Raiola Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding scholastic and athletic achievements. He attended Bryant College where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and New Bedford Institute of Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

He began his career in 1961 with the George W. Dahl Company in Bristol as a Mechanical Design Draftsman. In 1964 he began a 40-year career with Raytheon Company in Portsmouth, R.I., retiring in 2005. While at Raytheon, he held management positions as Manager of the Data Management Group, Program Manager for Submarine Fleet Support and Program Control Manager for a major Submarine Sonar Program. He was elected to serve as Secretary of the Raytheon Management Association and served as a Program Office delegate for Raytheon’s annual United Way Fundraising Campaign.

Photo: General Chairman David Burns (right)r Chief Marshal Edward Castro and his wife Rachael.

He enlisted in the Rhode Island National Guard in 1961 and attended the Army’s Nike Missile Training Center at Fort Bliss, Texas. His National Guard unit was the 2nd Howitzer Battalion, Battery C, 103D Artillery, located in Bristol.

His community service in Bristol begins at an early age. As a teenager, he was a YMCA Day-Camp Counselor at Camp Hess on Hog Island. Later on in life, he volunteered his services as Treasurer of the King Philip Little League. He also volunteered as a baseball coach for Bristol’s Babe Ruth Baseball League. For 15 years, he volunteered his time to the Bristol school district by offering outdoor gardening classes to grammar school children. He taught youngsters how to effectively start and maintain their own gardens. During that time, over 2,000 students received hands-on instructions on how to start and maintain their own gardens. He has hosted garden tours for the Bristol Garden Club, and for other groups that stop by to view his garden. In 2005, he volunteered as a gardening lecturer at Blithewold’s annual Fall Gardener’s Day. His presentation was focused on techniques for propagating shrubs, and grafting fruit trees. In 2006, his garden was selected by the Bristol Garden Club, and Mosaico Community Development Corp., as one of Bristol’s most impressive Portuguese gardens. The group organized an “open to the public tour” of his garden as a means for raising funds to support the Mosaico Mentoring Program, and the Bristol Garden Club’s Scholarship Fund. He enjoys giving tours of his garden and sharing his knowledge of landscape design, T-bud grafting on fruit trees and roses, propagating unique shrubs, and planting a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

He has received several honors. In 1988, he received a Commendation from the Bristol School Committee for his service to the grammar school students of the district. The Commendation was issued in recognition of his many years of volunteering to teach gardening skills to 1st and 2nd grade students. In 1997, he was recognized by the Providence Journal as an East Bay Gardening Mentor for children. His involvement with mentoring children in the art of gardening was featured in the Home Section of the Providence Journal. He is a member of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, Friends of Linden Place and Blithewold Gardens.

He is a communicant at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Bristol.

Our Chief Marshal has been married to his high school sweetheart for 45 years and has two children. He is the grandfather of two.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor and privilege for me to introduce the 2008 Chief Marshal of the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration, someone that loves Bristol, Edward Castro.


Chief of Staff

Rachel Castro

Honorary Chief of Staff

Mary Oliveira

Chief Aides

Paul Castro
Stephen Castro
Cindy Castro

Junior Chief Aides

Andrew Castro
Olivia Castro

Military Aides

Lucio Cabral – Vietnam
Manuel Januario – Korea
Joseph Medeiros – Korea
Mike Minutelli – WW2
Armand Pereira – Iraq
Steve Skuba – Vietnam
Lt. Margaret Larson
Capt. Anne Lero – Iraq

Civilian Aides

James Alves
Mary Alves
Billy Andrade
Jody Andrade
Joseph Antinucci
Janice Antinucci
Peter Archambault
Robin Archambault
Heather Avila
Mary Benevides
Marie Bogan
Ronald Borges
Gilbert Botelho
Joanne Boudreau
Roger Boudreau
David Burns
Deborah Burns
Laura Butler
Michael Butler
Arthur Cabral
Angela Cabral
Danny Cabral
Georgeanna Cabral
Pat Cabral
Janet Calderiso
Matt Calderiso
Allysen Callery
Naomi Carpenter
Aggie Carraturo
Alvaro Carreiro
Joseph Carreiro
Rachel Carreiro
Theo Carreiro
Valentina Carreiro
Ralph Celone
Julie Colleran
William Colleran
Edward Correia
Jane Correia
Bunny Correira
Manuel Correira
Jo Costa
Joel Costa
Kitty Costa
Norbert Costa
Rev Jared Costanza
Renee Cozzens
Robert Cyr
Sue Cyr
Sue DeFusco
Peggy DeLuca
Bill Donnelly
Cindy Donnelly
Frank Fales
Carol Fay
Robert Fay
Manuel Ferreira
Fatima Ferreira
Diane Gallison
Raymond Gallison
George Garvin
Olivia Gibbons
Richard Gibbons
Ted Hayes
Jeffrey Hirsh
Mae Jenkins
Tim Kelly
Donna Krug
Shane Larson
Francis Mancini
Ed Mara

Civilian Aides

Ellen Mara
Donna Marshall
Kenneth Marshall
Wayne Marshall
Corrine Martin
Joan Martin
Joseph Martin
Arty Medeiros
Anthony Mederos
Diane Mederos
Joseph Mello
Mary Mello
Kieth Metcalf
Rita Minutelli
Tom Monroe
Karen Motta
Missy Munroe
Janice Nickerson
Andy Noronha
Dolores Noronha
Bruce O’Connell
Madeline O’Connell
Kenneth Oliveira
Nelma Oliveira
Peggy Oliveira
Raul Oliveira
Victor Oliveira
Peter Panichas
Sue Panichas
Manuel Pasqual
Terry Pasqual
Brenda Pereira
Dr. Mary Lekas Picozzi
Joseph Pinheiro
Lee Pinheiro
Manuel Pinheiro
Connie Pinheiro
Antero Pontes
Gilbert Pontes
Tancy Puniello
Bridget Rogers
Ed Rogers
Lydia Securo
George Seyez
Joan Seyez
Eileen Silva
Joseph Silva
Lee Silva
Rev Victor Silva
Cheryl Skuba
Cory Sousa
Francine Sousa
Richard Sousa
Rick Sousa
Tracy Sousa
Rachel Staton
Barbara Sustakowsky
Stanley Sustakowsky
Rev Dale Thackerey
Janet Thackerey
David Tognetti
Ann Travers
Alan Tsakeres
Jeane Tsakeres
Yolanda Velleca
Charlene Venancio
Albert Vieira
Carmela Vieira
Diane Wald
MaryAnn Wilson
Michelle Johnson