Fred Goodwin Castellow

Published 12:18 am Saturday, November 10, 2018

February 26, 1934 – November 7, 2018

Kill Devil Hills – Fred Goodwin Castellow, age 84, of Kill Devil Hills passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 7, with his family surrounding him, succumbing to lung cancer.

He was born in Elizabeth City, NC, where he was the co-captain of his high school football team.

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Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Marlene Schuetz Castellow; parents, Clarence Gay Sr. and Annie Myrtle Castellow; brothers, Clarence Gay Jr. and Eugene Ray Castellow; and a sister Shirley Mann.

He is survived by his baby sister, Eloise Cuquet; two children, Carol Castellow and Robert Castellow (Shellene); grandchildren, Daniel Castellow (Kelly), Holly Bell (Andrew), Caitlyn Shreaves, Jessica Shreaves, Heather Guster, Justin Castellow and Mark Shreaves Jr.; great-grandchildren, Devon Shreaves, Elijah Bell, Ian Bell, Jaden Bell, Eliana Bell, Nikolai Guster and Emilio Mata; as well as many nieces, nephews and “adopted” children and grandchildren.

Fred served his country in the United States Air Force for 20 years doing things that if we told you, we’d have to kill you. He met the love of his life on a blind date while stationed in Germany. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked for BF Goodrich Tire Company. He then started his own company doing cottage maintenance. He was a founding member of the Duck Fire Department, and after retirement from the maintenance business he joined the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department and was Captain of the Support Team. He also assisted in training the fire department’s Combat Challenge Team. Having served his community on the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners, he was lovingly known as Commissioner “No.”

His greatest joy was playing Santa Claus. It was something he had done since his children were little and continued here on the Outer Banks. He was best known as the Santa at the Poulos’ Christmas House as well as the Santa on the Candy Bomber.

The family will receive friends and relatives for a viewing on Thursday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo. A funeral will military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 16 at Kill Devil Hills Fire Department, Station 14 with Pastor Steve Siegrist officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or online at

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at