In Memory of

Alejandro

Mejia

"AL"

Castro

Jr.

Obituary for Alejandro Mejia "AL" Castro Jr.

Alejandro M. "AL" Castro, Jr.
1934 - 2024

Alejandro M. Castro Jr., age 89, resident of Pensacola, FL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on February 25, 2024. Al was born in Yuaco, Puerto Rico on September 3, 1934, he was the 2nd child of 16 children of Alejandro and Anna Castro.

He grew up in Yuaco, and at the age of 18 left Puerto Rico for New York City, where he received his first social security card at the Empire State Building. He joined the Air Force and then switched to the Navy and became a helicopter mechanic and photographer and retired after 20 years of service to our country. He then continued being a photographer in the civil service at NAS. Al retired in 1999 and spent his retirement traveling around the world and enjoying life with his wife Barbara.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Barbara; children, Sherri Ann Grant and Deborah Ann Castro; stepchildren, John Salter (Rhonda) and Vera Wiley (William); along with his grandchildren, Paige, Shelby, Raven, Saleyna, Olivia, and Abigail; great grandchildren, Skyrah, Grady and Maleko.

Al was a kind soul who loved tinkering around the house and always liked to stay busy throughout the day. He was an excellent cook and loved sharing his Puerto Rican foods with others. He loved animals and would take loving care of his pets and wild animals throughout the area. He had an adventurer’s spirit and youthful playfulness that he demonstrated throughout his life including having his private pilot’s license and flying his plane around the gulf coast area.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to St. Jude’s Hospital. -

Memorial Service to take place at a later time at Barrancas National Cemetery.