On Friday, January 3rd we got the terrible news that Bill Casto had died from severe brain trauma resulting from a fall the night before. The news was devastating to all of us at The Open Shelter as it was to a multitude of people in Columbus, for Bill Casto was one of the most significant warriors in the last 40 years in fighting and serving on behalf of marginal people in our community.
Bill had long been associated with The Open Shelter and for many years as a member of our Board, most recently as our Board Chairman. He was, as Bishop Joseph Sprague said in his sermon at Bill’s celebration of live, a model of fundamental goodness. He touched the lives of all he met with his kindness and goodness.
Even in death, Bill continues to support The Open Shelter in it’s work with homeless and marginally housed persons in our community by suggesting in lieu of flowers, people can give to The Kent and Mary Beittel Endowment Fund For The Open Shelter via The Columbus Foundation, 1234 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43205.
Bill will be sorely missed by all of us but his contribution to those in need and those of us who support efforts to make a difference among them will last forever.