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George J. Castrataro of Croton-on-Hudson, NY passed away on June 23, 2018 at the age of 80. He was born in Queens, NY on January 3, 1938, the son of Vincenzo and Evelyn (Fiorito) Castrataro.

George is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Elise Mary (Brennan) Castrataro, their children, Lynn Ann Castrataro and her husband Jeff Grayzel, James (Jim) Vincent Castrataro and his wife Dana, Michele Marie Newberger and her husband Jeremy; eight grandchildren, Lynn's sons Jacob and Alexander, Jim's sons Ryan and Tyler and daughters Jamison and Lexie, Michele's son Samson and daughter Annabelle. George is also survived by siblings Marie Mazzarella, James Castrataro, Paul Castrataro and Anthony Biondolilo.

George was an avid reader and learner with a passion for history, religion and the law. George received a law degree from St. Johns University in Queens, NY and was barred in the State of NY. Early in his career he was the general counsel for the Department of Housing for the City of New York in Mayor Lindsay's administration. Subsequently, he became a partner in the law firm Herman, Beinan, Castrataro and Coriero where his most notable client was Carl Ichan and where he was instrumental in the Bus Stop Shelter project building shelters across the city. Eventually he left Corporate law and worked as an independent attorney mostly for not for profits.

George had a vibrant and social personality who loved the art of debate. As he was always reading and learning and with the skills he had developed as a litigator, it was often difficult to win a debate against him.

Another passion of his were his beloved Yankees who he followed from a young age when the old timers would come to his childhood home to visit his father Jim Castrataro. Phil Rizutto and Jim Castrataro remained close personal friends until Jim's passing. George instilled his love for the Yankees in his children and his grandchildren often hosting Pennant and World Series parties. When he learned that his new sons-in-law were Mets fans, he happily hosted Subway Series viewing parties and relished it when the Yankees would win. Three of his grandsons are avid baseball players playing for their middle school and high school teams.

He encouraged all three of his children to be athletes and would often come to their games, matches, races and dance recitals. He was so proud of all they had accomplished and relished watching his grandchildren play as well.

His family will miss his joie de vivre and the passion he brought to their lives.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a visitation on Wednesday, June 27th from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home in Mahopac, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 28th at 10 AM at St. John The Evangelist Church, also in Mahopac. Interment will follow at Raymond Hill Cemetery in Carmel, NY.