In Memory of Sal Castiglione

In Memory of Sal Castiglione

Article & photos by Cowboy

On a clear, crisp Saturday morning, I found myself covering an assignment, I had never covered before: a farewell convoy for a young trucker named Sal Castiglione. As I walked down the road of an industrial park leading to the Elizabeth Truck Center, I arrived at a sight to behold. Lined down the road for as far as the eye could see were almost 100 Big Rigs already waiting in line to pay tribute to this beloved young man. I had the pleasure of speaking with many of Sal’s family and friends and learned that this was a young man, who was always there when needed, and would travel anywhere at any time to help. It was an honor to speak with so many, who relived the stories they told about their friend.

The convoy included eighteen wheelers from up and down the east coast. From Massachusetts to Maryland and even as far inland as Michigan, these rigs were representing trucking companies and independent drivers as well. By the time this amazing convoy was ready to roll, there were more than 400 trucks on hand waiting to pay their respects to Sal. It was an overwhelming sight to see as the traffic managers and police units set these rigs in motion.

Thank you to all who helped orchestrate this spectacular memorial. Much gratitude is extended to all of Sal Castiglione’s friends and family for their hospitality, and for sharing their heartfelt stories about a fine young man, who was taken from this world much too soon. Rest in Peace Sal.