Chatfield Mourns the Loss of “Hap” Castleberry

Chatfield College mourns the loss of long-time supporter, Edward “Hap” Castleberry. Beloved husband of deceased Susan Jane (nee Siddall) Castleberry. Son of dearly beloved John and Constance (nee Alf) Castleberry (deceased). Dear father of Kelly Castleberry of Missoula, Montana; Anne Castleberry, Bizzy (Martin) Driscoll, and Christine (Wayne) Lippert of Cincinnati. Loving grandfather of Kathleen and Clare Castleberry; Margaret, Bryant and Andrew Pund; Jacob and Lauren Driscoll; Lily, Holland and Trey Lippert. Brother of Connie (John) Sullivan of Ft. Wright, KY, brother of John “Jack” Castleberry, Jr (deceased) and Romola “NoNo” Allen of Cincinnati. Passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022 at the age of 90.

Hap attended The Summit Country Day School, graduated high school from Cincinnati Country Day School, graduated with a BA from Brown University and received his MBA from Xavier University. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Hap’s mother and father instilled in him a hard work ethic, to believe in your passions and to give back to your community. Hap helped run the family business, Cedar Hill Farms Inc, a local dairy until it was sold in 1963. He started his career as entrepreneur in 1964. He proceeded to start and to purchase small businesses to grow and to develop. He successfully commanded, developed and sold more than twelve local companies in his career. (US Building Services, Inc, Coffee Break, Inc, Art Guild Book Bindery, Inc, Ohio Building Services, Inc, Ohio Coffee Services, Inc, E.F. Castleberry & Assoc, Inc, Imperial Adhesives, Inc, T-Shirt City, U.S Abatement Co.) He was very civic minded and Hap volunteered, supported and marshalled by example over fifteen non-profits, business and academic organizations in Cincinnati. Founder of the Greater Cincinnati Business Hall of Fame was one of his favorite accomplishments. He delighted in helping young boys and girls learn business skills through Junior Achievement of Greater Cincinnati. Hap was a member of the Republican Party and supported the endeavors of the Hamilton County office.

When he wasn’t working or volunteering, you could find him playing tennis at the Cincinnati Tennis Club, The Indoor Tennis Club, the Cincinnati Country Club, The Racquet Club or clubs around Cincinnati, Florida and Michigan. His passion for tennis reaped many rewarding and longtime friendships, and hundreds of Winning Trophies; too many to count! He especially enjoyed spending his winters at The Ocean Reef Club and his summers on Walloon Lake with his grandchildren. His mother gave him the nickname “Happy” as a child, but he garnered the name “Hap” by his positive and friendly manner. He tried to create “Hap”iness wherever he hung his hat.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 2 at 4:30 pm at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel at The Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Rd., Cincinnati, 45208. Visitation will be held prior to Mass from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Flannery Gym at The Summit Country Day School. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Please pray for Hap and his family and friends.


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