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John Martin "Jack" Costello was born in Bounty, Saskatchewan, Canada on August 31, 1921 and passed away after a brief illness on January 10, 2013. Jack was the eldest child of John and Anna Costello. After being graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1945 with a BA in Philosophy, he received his MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto. In 1949, Jack joined the faculty of the Psychology Department at St. Louis University. Jack then became the District Supervisor for Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young) for the Management Services Division in St. Louis in 1956. Soon after, Jack met the love of his life Mardi Costello, and they married in 1958. In the fall of 1963, Jack, Mardi, and their young son Tiger moved to San Antonio where Jack had accepted the position of Personnel Director with City Public Service. During his tenure at CPS, Jack was responsible for all personnel matters, organizational planning, labor relations, and employee benefits until his retirement in 1986.

Jack had two passions in life. volunteering and golf. Jack believed that everyone had a duty to give back to their community through service. Volunteerism always played an important role in Jack's life, and he spent many hours serving on the boards of the American Society of Personnel Administrators, American Red Cross, Boys Club, Fiesta Commission, San Antonio Council on Alcoholism, Founders Lion Club, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, Sarah Roberts French Home, Prevent Blindness Texas, and St. Pius X Catholic Church. As his final act of investing in his fellow man, Jack donated his body to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio so others can learn from his 91 years with us. The pride of his community service was the 25 years working with the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, serving as chairman of the board and chairman of the executive committee for a total of more than 10 years. The only activity he enjoyed more than his work with the Lighthouse was playing golf with his friends. For over 45 years, Jack was the first man on the tee on Saturday mornings at Sonterra.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Mardi; sisters, Leona Skidmore, Evelyn Polischuk and Peggy Stock; brother, Bill Costello, brother-in-law, H. M. Skid Skidmore, and nephew, Kevin Polischuk. He is survived by his son, John Andrew "Tiger" Costello; sister, Betty and brother-in-law, Lloyd Hansen of Calgary, Canada; nieces and nephews, Joanne Skidmore and John Coflin, Bill Skidmore, Colleen Skidmore and Joe Owen, John and Diane Skidmore, James Skidmore, Debbie Polischuk, Donna and Don Waldorf, Bill Stock, Cathy Stock, Lynn and Joerg Wittenberg, Brian and Alisa Hansen, and Lori and Greg Fitzpatrick. The family thanks Carlos Tapia for the care and friendship he provided Jack in his last few months.

FEBRUARY 8, 2013
2:00 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the San Antonio Lighthouse or KLRN Public Television.

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Published in Express-News on Feb. 3, 2013
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