Peter J. Castronovo



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Peter James Castronovo Scottsville:  Suddenly Friday, May 15, 2020.  Predeceased by his parents, James Vincent Castronovo, Alice and Kenneth Young.  Survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Sharon Castronovo; his children, Nicole and Justin Castronovo; his siblings, Gerard (Sita) Castronovo, James (Denise) Castronovo and Linda Castronovo; in-laws, Don (Eudene) Benz, Steven (Betsy) Benz; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends.  Peter was devoted to his family and cherished his many friends.  Peter was the chair of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  He enjoyed coaching softball, baseball and hockey.  Peter was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. His celebration of life will be held at a later date.   Private Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in his memory.  For more information and to sign Peter’s online guestbook, visit


  1. Sam castronovo on May 18, 2020 at 6:58 pm

    In additional to being a dedicated husband and father, Peter was a key Senior Sanitarian at the University of Rochester. He was known as an expert in food science and varmint control. When there was an issue of concern with food safety at the Local or National level the media immediately consulted Peter for his opinion, which he would be found expressing on television, radio or in print. As the recognized local food science expert, Perter conducted classes for individuals involved in the food preparation industry so they could earn the certifications necessary to practice their trade. Peter was my nephew, above everyone else Peter took the most interest in keeping the Famigghia Castronovo together. To say Peter will be missed, is an understatement.

  2. Scott & Danielle DiLiberto on May 19, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    A good man. Your smile and laughter will be missed. Many great memories made through Cal-Mum baseball. We will definitely cherish those moments with you. Our thoughts and love go out to your family.

  3. Steven Czerwinski on May 19, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Sharon, Linda and I are so sorry for your loss. Pete was a great guy. Enjoyed see you guys at Southwoods and days past at the rink. Steve Czerwinski

  4. Sherri Heunemann on May 19, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Sending love from Cory, Sherri , Hunter and Ruth Heunemann

  5. Joanne Carges Russotti on May 19, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Sharon, It’s been a long time since we spoke. I just heard about your husband. I am so very sorry and many prayers and strength are sent your way. Much love! Joanne

  6. Kathy Sullivan on May 20, 2020 at 1:28 am


  7. Barry & Marcy McHugh on May 20, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Peter was always there to help guide me through issues with dining centers and general campus problems. He played a key role with the Noro virus 2016 and again with COVID 19. His insight, knowledge and calm demeaner were just a few of his attributes that I have relied on for 20 years. I will miss you my friend.

  8. Patty Zambito on May 20, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Sharon, Nicole & Justin: Such a great loss to all of you. So very sorry for your loss of a wonderful husband and father. Pete was a great friend and classmate and he is going to be greatly missed by all. He was a big asset in planning our class reunions. May he rest in peace. I will miss you, my friend. Anything we can do for you, please let me know.

  9. Pat and Jim Dillon on May 20, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Sharon, Pat and I are so very sad to learn about your loss. Our hearts are heavy for you and the entire family. Should you need ANYTHING we are here for you…

  10. Susan Painting on May 20, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I enjoyed my conversations with Pete when I worked at the Health Dept. He had already left the County by the time I started, but we still had occasion to talk from time to time over the years because of his work at UR, and he was still engaged in sanitarian gatherings. My condolences to the family.

  11. Franca Baldo-De Luca on May 20, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Our heartfelt condolences to all of you as you mourn the loss of Peter who was such a nice man. We’re praying for all of you during this time and days to come.

  12. Joe and Ann Andolino on May 20, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Sharon and Family, Joe and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy in the passing of Peter. We have many wonderful softball memories. What a feisty pitcher he was for the team. You and your family and Peter are in our prayers. Joe and Ann Andolino

  13. Giannina (Licata) Wilson on May 20, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Our heartfelt condolences to Sharon, Nicole and Justin. Peter was a great guy who loved his family so very much. I have fond memories of our conversations at the annual Castronovo picnic. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts, prayers and hugs to all.

  14. Stephen Perrelli on May 20, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Pete was always nothing but positive and supportive of Stephen on the ice, even when Stephen made the biggest bonehead moves!! Sharon, Justin & Nicole, he was a giant; a super guy! My sincerest sympathies!!

  15. Harvey Gamble on May 20, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    I am truly sadden by the loss of Pete. I’ve know Pete for over 20 years while working at The U of R. Pete was a joy to be around and he will be truly missed. May his family find comfort in their time of grieving. Respectfully, Harvey

  16. Josie Frisicano on May 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Peter from Castronovo family picnics. Great guy.

  17. Gina Elliott on May 20, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I’ve known Pete nearly 35 years, through our UR connection. Such a genuinely nice man, always happy to help me with any situation needed. I am truly saddened today to hear of his passing. My sincerest condolences go out to his entire family. The world lost a good man.

  18. Tristan Kasper on May 20, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I always looked forward to inspecting the facilities at U of R and the chance to work with Pete for the day. I’ll miss him.

  19. Mark VanGraafeiland on May 20, 2020 at 11:51 pm

    It has been many years since Pete and I were roommates in college. I will always remember his sense of humor and wit, and his loyalty to his friends. We sure had some great times and I wish that we could have kept in touch. Pete – say "hi" to Joe (another deceased college roommate and friend). My sincere sympathies to his family.

  20. Jody Grant on May 21, 2020 at 12:17 am

    I was so surprised and sorry to hear about Pete. My condolences for your loss. I worked with him through the Health Dept over the years. He was a great guy and will surely be missed.

  21. Rochelle Moyer on May 21, 2020 at 1:49 am

    We were all very surprised to hear about Pete. Our condolences on your loss. Pete was a great guy and will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and we are sending positive thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Shelly, Jordan and Chuck Sarat

  22. Jim Smith on May 21, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Pete kept us on point and focused on keeping the U of R safe for everyone. I’ll miss his diligence and the way he held everyone accountable.

  23. paul & deb boccacino on May 21, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Dear Sharon, Nicole, Justin ,Linda and all your family. We are profoundly saddened and sorry for the loss of Peter, such a great person, friend and my brother since childhood when Pete and the family were on Burley rd. We were raised as "cousins" with your Mom and Dad being my godparents, but we became brothers over time. Deb & I remain truly heartbroken by such an overwhelming loss of a really "good man." Our most sincere & deepest sympathy ,thoughts & prayers are with you all. We will miss you beyond words… much Love, Paul & Deb Boccacino.

  24. Doug & Lisa Stephans on May 22, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Sharon, Nicole, Justin & Family, We are so sorry for your loss and share in your sadness for the loss of Pete. Wishing you peace and loving memories to hold in your hearts. You’re in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

  25. Christopher Licata on May 22, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    My deepest condolences to Pete’s entire family. Pete was such a stand up guy and an incredible resource to our institution. Pete, you will truly be missed.

  26. Anne-Marie Algier on May 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    So saddened to hear this news. I worked with Pete for many years at UR and you could always count on him to give his expert advice to help make sure our student activities were safe and successful. He truly cared about each member of the community and gave 110%. The place won’t be the same without him.My deepest condolences to his family.

  27. Lynn on May 22, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    I just heard and was shocked. Peter was a great collaborator over the years with me and the NYS Integrated Pest Management Program of Cornell University. And a good friend. It was less than a month ago that he participated in my virtual retirement party! Peace to his memory.

  28. Mark Cosgriff on May 22, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    sorry your not here to talk and joke around with. can’t forget one of my oldest friends from growing up on burley rd.

  29. Mark Cosgriff on May 22, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    sorry to here you’re gone so soon

  30. Kathy Weaver on May 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Worked with Peter at the University of Rochester for many years. Peter was always willing to take time to answer questions and help out. He will be missed

  31. Donna Sackett on May 23, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Sharon, my heart goes out to you and your children. I am so saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. Although I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Peter, in the short time that I spent working with you and hearing you speak of him, I could tell you had a very loving relationship and that he was a wonderful man. If I can do anything for you at all, PLEASE reach out to me. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. Fritz and Peper Heunemann on May 23, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Sharon, Nicole and Justin, We lived in Rochester for the first 9 years of my life and I was blessed to have spent many quality hours with Pete as we grew up together. As I think back, our favorite times together included riding to the “green store” to buy candy, ice cream cones at the lake, eating berries from the Mulberry tree in his backyard and swimming in his pool. Unfortunately, we moved and we kind of lost track as we pursued our careers over the years. I am so thankful that we were able to reconnect and Peper and I are so grateful that you and Peter stopped to visit us at our home a couple of years ago as y’all were passing through Virginia. We will always cherish the memory! Peter was very influential in my early life and I loved him very much. He will be missed but forever in my memory. Peper and I pray that the Lord will bless and comfort you with peace and tranquility as you adjust to your new lives. Love, Fritz and Peper

  33. Len Squires on May 23, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Sharon, Nicole and Justin, and all who know Pete, My condolences. I’m one of his Charlotte High School classmates from over 50 years ago and seeing Pete at our reunions over the years was always one of my fondest memories as was knowing him way back then. I’m a believer and don’t believe I won’t see Pete at a later date. Prayer for your peace and comfort during this time. Len

  34. Rick Elliott on May 27, 2020 at 11:52 am

    So very sad to hear this news. Had the pleasure of working with Peter in the 70s when he was at the Monroe County Health Department and continued when he was at the U of R. I really respected his knowledge and dedication to public health. We also played golf together on several occasions. So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  35. Perna’s on May 27, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Sincere Sympathy to the Castronovo Family in your loss of Peter. God Bless. Your old Neighbors on Parklands. Albert Perna Family

  36. James Carroll on May 27, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Pete was a good man and did so much for youth sports, you will be missed. We’ll keep you and your family in our prayers. God Bless. Carroll Family.

  37. Domenic Mustaca on June 1, 2020 at 12:21 am

    I was so very very sorry to hear of Pete passing. I have known Pete for over 30 years, he was a gentleman and one of the "good guys". I would see him on Campus from over the years and we would share some stories about mutual interests that we both had in the outdoors and hunting. The most recent of which was a Moose Hunt that he went on, and told me about I enjoyed it very much. Little did I know that it would be the last time I spoke to him. I feel so bad for the family my heart goes out to you and to all of his friends he was a fine gentleman a really good guy and I’m going to miss seeing him. Pete was one of the people one could talk honestly with, you knew you could trust him, he was that kind of fellow. I was furloughed from the University early in March and had not heard about Pete passing until recently. God bless the family and his friends Pete will be missed, I’m certain by all of you, and I will miss seeing him also.

  38. Rick Warner on June 13, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Dear Sharon, Nicole and Justin, Like everyone I am shocked and saddened by Pete’s passing. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching summer softball with him and still smile thinking about trading wisecracks on the bench. He was a good man and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  39. Molly Jacob on June 17, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    I met Pete in 1988 when I joined Dining Services at the University of Rochester. While I didn’t remain in Dining Services, I still work at the University of Rochester. I last spoke with Pete on the day that Governor Cuomo announced that NYS was moving to 100% lock-down on Friday, March 20, 2020, in the early afternoon. This is truly shocking news and a great loss! My heartfelt condolences to his family.

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