Connie “Sunny” de Castro wandered off the beaten path on Jan. 27, 2020, to start her next adventure.
Sunny’s earthly journey started on April 4, 1961, bringing a lifetime of challenges to her parents Conny and Terry de Castro. Her strength, determination and tenacity were evident to all that crossed her path. She trained hard, worked hard, played hard and since her cancer diagnosis in 2015, she fought hard.
Sunny’s passion of mechanics started in high school. In 1986 she was recognized by the National Automotive Institute of Service Excellence as one of only 36 women in the U.S. to hold certification as a Master Automotive Technician. Thirty-three years later Sunny received recognition from Brunswick for her work locally at Trinity Lanes.
In addition to her time as a mechanic, Sunny also worked with California Conservation Corps as a Yosemite back country Trail Crew member, as a registered nurse, paramedic and certified personal trainer. Driven by challenge, fueled by adrenaline, she conquered The Inca Trail in Peru, The Overland Track and California PCT to name only a few trails she left her boot prints on. Left yet unchecked on her Bucket List is Kilimanjaro.
Many saw a discipline and drive in her that took root with her first dive off a starting block at the age of 6 and was further nourished through her martial arts, achieving a black belt in Tang Soo Do. Sunny took pride in her home, found enjoyment in her friends, her travel, her love of the outdoors and her pets. She leaves behind her fur babies, Koke, Stormy, Rogue, Smokey, Bandit, Tazzi and Shadow in the loving care of her best friend Nancie Locke. Sunny spoke of reuniting with her dog Kala who crossed over the bridge less than two years ago.
A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Trinity Lanes, Weaverville.