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Anthony Joseph “Tony” Castriota

  • On March 13, 2020

https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/99BZ7DTXBRS2G2PCOn March 9, 2020, the Castriota family lost a dear Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grand Pop.

Anthony Joseph “Tony” Castriota of Upper St. Clair, PA, passed peacefully in New Port Richey, Florida, at the age of 91.
Tony was born on September 1, 1928, in Pittsburgh, PA, and was the middle of three brothers, “Al” the oldest and “Ernie” the youngest. The legendary three Castriota brothers lived their early years in Brookline and Beechview and all remained life-long South Hills residents as well as best friends.

After graduating from South Hills High School, he served in the Army for two years. Upon his return, he attended the University of Pittsburgh. Soon after, he met and fell in love with the beautiful Mary Lou Mendel from Dormont and they were married in 1952.
Tony had a very successful career of 59 years in the automobile business. Early in his career, he was one of General Motors’ top salesmen nationally, and received many awards. For the last half of his career, he was the proud owner of Castriota Chevrolet on West Liberty Avenue. Professionally, he was a member of the board of directors of both the Pittsburgh Automobile Trade Association (PATA) and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Tony was a nominee for the TIME Magazine “TIME Dealer of the Year”.
Beyond his work, Tony was actively involved in many local and national charities, including the St. Clair Hospital Foundation.
Near and dear to his heart was his membership at Valley Brook Country Club, where golf was his favorite pastime.
His love of the Catholic faith was evident in his long-time support of St. John Capistran Parish, where he served in various capacities over the years, including the building committee to oversee the construction of the current church.
He is now joined in Heaven with his parents, Antonio and Ermalinda, his sister Laticia, and brothers Alphonse and Mario Ernest (Babe).

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Lou; his four children: Thomas (Anita), Cathy (Wayne Mullin), Susan, and John; grandchildren: Beth Mullin (Tony Cameratta), Michael Mullin (Laura Leimkuehler), Bethany Hoag (Kenneth Salmen), Caroline Hoag (Nithin Bhandarkar), Alex Castriota, and Chrissy Castriota-Phiffer (Josh Phiffer); great grandchildren: Scarlett and Anthony Cameratta; Wesley, Mira, and David Mullin; Natalie, Dean and Preston Salmen.

A private burial will take place.
The family wishes memorial contributions be made to the “St. Clair Hospital Foundation”, 1000 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243.

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Karen & Demola Olanrewaju
  • Mar 14 2020
Dear Mary Lou, Tom, Cathy, Susan and John, our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved husband and Dad. He lived a remarkable life and has left behind many broken hearts for sure. Holidays with your family and so many special moments seeing him at Tambellini's will remain in our hearts. Wishing that God holds you in his arms in the days and weeks ahead. God Speed Tony. Love, Karen (Councilor) & Demola Olanrewaju
G Egler
  • Mar 14 2020
What a wonderful man. Much love to the Castriota family, my neighbors and friends for life. Jerry Egler
Audrey Smith
  • Mar 14 2020
Sending love from the extended Benson Family in Virginia, Audrey Benson Smith, Julie Benson Rakes and our families.♥️
Robert Shogry
  • Mar 14 2020
He was a great guy! Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. It is never easy for a daughter to lose her father at any age.
Jeff Harris
  • Mar 17 2020
Rest in peace Mr. "C". To all of the Castriota family, please accept our deepest condolences. Close neighbors for a very long time. May God Bless all of you. The Harris family.
Marcia McAlister
  • Mar 18 2020
Wonderful man and was a great boss!
Diane condon
  • Mar 20 2020
To Mary Lou and Family I’m deeply saddened to hear of Your Dads passing. My parents Fran and John(Skinny) Mcmullen lived next to your Family in Bethel Park many years ago. They stayed friends for many Years. So Sorry for your loss and pray your Mom is doing well.🙏 sincerely Diane Condon McMullen
Thomas Hanley
  • Sep 25 2020
I always Liked Mr Castriota, Last time I saw him was at the old foodland plaza in Mt Lebo, A really Nice Guy, I knew his son John and Daughter we talked for 10m min or so, Nice nice Man God Rest his Soul