Gennaro Castellano

Date of Passing:

September 17, 2023

Gennaro “Gino” Castellano, 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, September 17, 2023. A 30-year resident of Barrington, he is survived by his beloved and devoted spouse of 47 years, Deborah (Ryding), dear sister Carmela Castellano of Torca, Italy, four cherished and adoring children—Giovanna Robbins and her husband Ian of Baltimore, Maryland; Stephanie Younes and her husband Paul of Harrison, New York; Steven Castellano and his wife Ericka of New Bedford, Massachusetts; Paul Castellano of Barrington; and six grandchildren, Stella Younes, Christopher Castellano, Sophie Younes, Ramona Robbins, Amelia Castellano, and Spencer Robbins.

Born in Massa Lubrense, Italy, on April 24, 1948, he was the son of the late Cristoforo Castellano and Giovanna de Gennaro. He was also brother to the late Antonino “Nino” Castellano of San Francisco, California and the late Grazia Castellano of Torca, Italy. After serving in the Italian Air Force, he worked in the hospitality industry in Sorrento (Italy), London, and Bermuda, where he met his wife.

Following his marriage in 1976, he began his illustrious 40-year career as Captain of the luxurious Capriccio restaurant in Providence. His passion for and love of serving people was recognized by generations of patrons and the industry at large. He touched many lives with his warm smile and authentic nature.

Gino was a member of the East Providence Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, and gardening. He will be deeply missed and live on forever in our hearts.

His funeral will be held on Saturday September 23, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:15 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 9:30 a.m.

Calling hours are Friday 4-7 p.m.

Respectfully in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made out to or mailed to PANCAN, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, California 90266.

Online Condolences


  1. Meet many years ago as a young waiter, was truly a gentleman with a great smile. Made a impression on me that has lasted 42 years. To his family my deepest condolences and god bless.

  2. The Man, The Myth, The Magic The Legend!!!!! . My Deepest Condolences and sympathies to his family at this time. He Was A Wonderful Man! May he rest in peace and please know he will always be remember. Ti faccio le condoglianze.

  3. Debbie and Family,
    I was sadden to hear of Gino’s passing! May he rest in peace.
    My deepest sympathy


  4. You and your family have my deepest sincerest condolences 🙏🏾♥️

  5. Mrs. Castellano, Giovanna and family,

    So many wonderful memories of my childhood involve Gino and our families together. I was so sad to hear this news but you all have been in my heart and prayers. There is nothing that can be said to relieve your sadness, but take comfort in the many people who are thinking of you and supporting you.

  6. My condolences to Gino’s family. There was only one Gino. From day 1 until his leaving us I was lucky to have the honor to be a dear friend. Gino my God Bless you and rest in peace everyone’s best friend.

  7. We have been Gino’s neighbors for over 20 years. We learned many of the house and yard maintenance work from Gino. We realized that we could not go wrong if we just followed Gino’s leads after a lawnmower gaffe early on. We moved in during Spring and the lawn needed mowing. Our backyard slopes down so we bought a big mower. But every time we mowed the backyard, we struggled: the mower was painfully slow going up the slope and we really had to push it. After watching us struggle with mowing for a few weeks, Gino came over and asked if we happened to have bought a push mower. We said no, it was self-propelled and had six horse powers. He was a bit confused at first but then quickly did something and the mower went up the slope by itself. We were stunned to realize that we had not engaged the self-propelled function of the mower the whole time. After that, we just watched and learned. When Gino applied Step one fertilizer, we went out and bought some. When he painted the house, we hired a painter as well. When he mulched the flower beds, we tried the same. For a long while, we split a truck load of mulch each spring, and Gino was always the one who did the ordering. Whenever we had a question, we would ask Gino first. As a good neighbor, Gino was always there. Thank you Gino and we miss you.

  8. Deborah and Family:

    I had the honor of first meeting Gino when I was 20 years old – some 45 years ago. Over the years Gino and I grew closer and I was shocked to learn of his passing. He was a true “class act” – excellent at his job and loyal to his friends.

    While we are unable to attend the services and express our condolences in person, rest assured that our thoughts are with you all.

  9. I have known Gino when he first started working at Capricio’s,he was always extremely nice I went there for years he couldn’t be any nicer. I’m very sorry for his loss .This was a man with true humility.

  10. Gino, it’s with a heavy heart that we learn of your passing. Petra & I have very fond memories of meeting you at your home and being on holiday in various destinations together. A very special man, clear for all to behold. We’re thinking of your family at this time and send all our sincere wishes.

  11. Such sad news… Gino was always a gracious gentleman when we’d dine at Capriccio. My mom used to encourage me to order the Steak Diane simply as an excuse to have Gino spend time at our table. His warmth and demeanor made him very special indeed. He will be missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to know him. Rest in peace, Gino…

  12. To the Castellano family.
    Our deepest sympathy
    For your loss.
    Gennaro was a special friend to us since we were in Torca.
    We now have lost a great friend.
    We feel his loss very much.
    May he rest in peace.
    Always in our hearts.
    From Luigi and Maria Terminiello and family.

  13. My heart is with the whole family. Gino was a wonderful ,gentle soul that will be remembered fondly and missed greatly.

  14. Gino you will be truly missed. Happy I was invited that Sunday to spend quality time with you and your family. You will be missed as you were an awesome friend & Chef.

  15. Gino was such a kind hearted, gentle soul. I had the pleasure of working with him for almost 9 years. He was loved and respected by customers and co-workers. His tableside service was legendary. He never called me by my first name. It was always “Chef Murray”. He had a way of making everyone feel special. It was his nature. I often think about him. My sincere condolences. He will be missed.

  16. Deb, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

  17. God bless you and may you become the captain of heaven Capricio. Our condolences go out to his family . A long time friend and patron of your restaurant. You will be sadly missed. CARMINE & TINA DISANTO

  18. Gino has positively impacted so many of us during his life. We are blessed to have shared many moments together. Moments, his wisdom that have forever made my life better and I believe for so many others. Thank you Gino for being such a good father and person to us. We love you forever.
    The world would be a better place if we had more people like you, my dearest Genna’. Again, thank you.

  19. I’ve played a lot of golf with Gino and his son Paul for many years at that great little golf course named, Silver Spring Golf Course.
    A lot of good memories with that fellow golfer, Even some of Gino yelling at his son Paul.
    He will be deeply missed, from this fellow golfer. Knowing Gino, I’m glad he got to take that trip to Italy this year.
    Now, He will be playing with some of the great golfers that have passed. Maybe he will be able to give some putting lessons to the ones who need it. Say HELLO, to my mother up there.Who just passed a few months ago. Although she wasn’t a golfer she did like listening to my golf stories. WE WILL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN MY FRIEND.but I’m hoping to sing a club for at least another 30 years.

  20. My rehearsal dinner for my wedding in 1991 was held at Capriccio’s, and I vividly remember Mr. Castellano’s professionalism and genuine care to every detail, wanting to make sure everything was “PERFETTO” as he would say. It most certainly was! My husband and I often dined at Capriccio’s for many years after, and we always made a point to say hello to Mr. Castellano, and sometimes he would even sit with us for a few minutes. Wonderful memories. My most sincere condolences to this lovely gentleman’s family, and may he now rest in GOD’S eternal love, joy, and peace, and may he rise again with Jesus Christ in His Resurrection.

  21. Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband Gino. Not everyone can be blessed with 47 years of marriage and such a wonderful family. God bless.

  22. You will always be in our heart! We will never forget the beautiful creation you made when serving special dishes at Capriccio.
    Grateful to have known you!!

  23. May Gino RIP. What a wonderful man and it was a pleasure to know him.. never forget our Dominican vacation.. much love

  24. Deb I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed his company, I found him to be very funny. Hang on to all the good times , RIP Gino

  25. May he RIP. One of the really nice guys at Silver Spring Golf Course.

  26. Debbie and family, there are no words to express the sadness we have . Gino will be greatly missed. We cherish our many years of friendship. May you rest in peace dear friend.

  27. It is with extreme sadness that I received the news of Gino’s passing. He was a wonderful person, very down to earth and a joy to be around. May he rest in peace!!!

  28. Sentite condoglianze dalla nostra famiglia……..grande Uomo Grande Zio ci mancherà!
    Un forte abbraccio a tutti Voi

  29. May your hearts be filled with the love and joy, your dear Gino gave each and everyone. May sweet memories surround you and comfort you today and every day. Blessings and sympathy to all.

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