“He was very well known in his community and I am just going to do everything I can to honor him and never forget him,” said Frank Castelluccio, Tony’s father.
The ride, which included 50 riders, left Quaker Steak around 10:30 a.m. and ended at the Matt Maupin welcome pavilion at East Fork State Park around lunchtime.
Castelluccio said the weather dampened things a bit when riders got poured on as they were pulling into the park, but no one complained and the sun came back out.
“I think that was just Tony,” Castelluccio said about the rain.
At the park, riders enjoyed food and entertainment after their ride, and Tony’s friends and family members took the time to remember him, including Squirrel, one of the riders who spoke about Tony at the halfway point on the ride.
“Everybody enjoyed the ride,” Castelluccio said.
Castelluccio raised money at the ride to go toward an athletic scholarship at Glen Este High School. Tony played football at Glen Este and was named the defensive player of the year.
“It meant a tremendous amount to me that everyone came out to support us and remember Tony,” Castelluccio said.
He said he is going to have the ride again next year and plans to do everything he can to keep the memory of Tony alive.