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Thomas P. Costello

March 13, 1937 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 83)


Thomas Patrick Costello, 83, Whiting (Pine Ridge South)

Formally of Toms River and Jersey City passed away peacefully on February 13, 2021.

Tom was a life-long car salesman having worked at Halsey Chevrolet, DeMassi Cadillac, Ray Catena Mercedes and Contemporary Motor Cars before his retirement in 2011.  He definitely missed the ‘Good Old Days’ and was always quick with a story of how things used to be.  From Pamrapo Avenue to Western Avenue in Jersey City, he could tell you stories of who lived in every house up and down the block.  Tom took amazing care of his family, including spending every summer in Silver Beach and countless trips to Disney, where he always felt at home.  In 1984, the family moved to Toms River, across the street from Jersey City friends Flo and Eddie for the next chapter of their lives.

Tom will be greatly missed by his three children Thomas P. Costello II and wife Chris (Brick), Judi Defeo (Beachwood) and James Costello and wife Dana (Lavallette) and his 6 grand children Steven, Andrew, Joey, Ryan, Addyson & Grayson, and countless nieces and nephews.  He will also be missed by the many cousins across the pond in Ireland.

He was pre-deceased by his wife of 49 years Elizabeth “Betty” Costello (nee Hughes) in 2009 and his Mother Mary (nee Kelly) and Father Patty. Brothers Jimmy, Eddie and Patty; Sisters Regina and Helen, Sisters-in-law Eileen and Ellen Hughes, Brothers-in-law Warren Sprake, Thomas Hughes, James Hughes and Billy Hughes.  He is survived by his sister Eileen Sprake and Sisters-in-law Jean Marie Hughes and Peggy Hughes.

Tom always said he ‘had a great life,’ with no regrets.  At family gatherings, he could always be found spinning tales about the adventures he experienced and the people he shared those journeys with – especially with his wife Betty, who joined him on many trips through Europe.

A viewing will be held at Timothy E. Ryan  Home for Funerals 145 Saint Catherine Boulevard in Toms River on Friday from 4-7pm.Condolences may be sent by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America at 1518 Ridgeway Road in Toms River, NJ 08755.

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