James F. Costello, master builder

January 13, 2020

James F. Costello, 77, of Dagsboro, formerly of Woodbine, Md., went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, with his wife by his side in the comfort of his home.

Jim was born in Catonsville, Md., Nov. 1, 1942, son of the late James F. Costello and the late Margaret Gertrude (O’Ferrall) Costello.  His biological mother died when Jim was a child, and he was raised by his second mom, Frances Loretta (O’Ferrall) Costello. Jim was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Md., and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1962-65 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

Jim was a self-employed master builder and contractor prior to his retirement.  His skills in his trade were superb.  He and his wife Deb had a farm outside of Woodbine, where they enjoyed their horses and fox hunting. Jim was very involved with the Knights of Columbus organization both in his home parish of St. Michael in Poplar Springs, Md., and also at St. Ann in Bethany Beach.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Costello. Jim is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Deborah L. (Kirby) Costello; three sons, James Wilson “Willie” Costello, Joseph Francis Costello and his wife Lauren, and Andrew Nicholas Costello and his wife Kristy; and three grandchildren, Addison, Max and Lucy. 

He is also survived by seven siblings, Mary Charlotte Scranton, Kathleen Sarkarati, Margaret Costello, John Timothy Costello and his wife Julie, Joan Costello, Karen Smith and her husband Blake, and Deborah Bourke and her husband James; a brother-in-law, George Wilson Kirby and his wife Donna; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.  

A viewing will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church at 11 a.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will also be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1125 St. Michael’s Road, Mount Airy, Md.  Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Jim’s name to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, PO Box 879, Ocean View, DE 19970.

He led an outstanding life!  

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