COSTELLO, Paul W. Sr. formerly of Northern Virginia, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Tampa. His son and many family members were comforting, holding, and beside him as he left us to begin his next journey. Mr. Costello was born in Brooklyn, NY, on Dec. 24, 1927. As a child, his family moved following his father's career. Periods in Staten Island, NY, and Millville, NJ, left very fond memories. He also lived in Ohio for a short period of time before his family settled near the Lakes Region of NH, in Sanbornton. As a young man, he grew up amidst The Great Depression. The period of time left an indelible mark on him. He knew that he was fortunate to have a nice home, food, and clothing, while so many suffered across the nation. He lived his life well, but always knew that economic instability is real, powerful, can come upon us quickly, and be very destructive. As a teenager, he attended and graduated from the prestigious Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Hockey, football and wrestling were his favorite sports while in prep school; he lettered in the latter two. Sports were always a big part of his life growing up, ranging from stick ball to sand lot baseball. During his preparatory school years he was an avid athlete with very good grades. Shortly after graduation from Hill, he enlisted in the Army. Eventually, he was stationed in the South Pacific theater of operations, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In the service he attained the rank of Corporal. Discharged honorably after the war, he used his GI benefits to attend and graduate from Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, ME. His adult work life began as a "cub reporter" for the Laconia Citizen, in Laconia, NH. He then moved to the Portsmouth Herald, in Portsmouth, NH. He was a very talented and thorough writer. His abilities did not go unnoticed professionally. He next ascended to The Boston Herald American. In his early days, he covered everything from organized crime, government corruption, and the Boston Strangler. Politics were his true calling and passion, however. In short order he was assigned to the Massachusetts State House. The politics of Massachusetts are legendary. Mr. Costello covered the politicians fairly and aggressively. The politicians, whom he covered, might not always be happy about the story, but, they knew him to be accurate and a straight shooter. His fellow reporters elected him as President of the Massachusetts State House Press Association in 1965 as further support of the talent that he had as a writer/communicator. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited by John Hancock Insurance as their corporate Director of Communications. That position did not last long, as the Nixon for President Campaign was forming; they wanted him on their team. With the successful election of President Nixon, Mr. Costello moved his family to the Washington, DC area. During his White House Years, he served as the Deputy Director of Communications. His tenure was during the Vietnam War and amidst great civil strife in our nation. His position required him to counsel the president & vice-president on a regular basis. Shortly after the 1972 campaign, Mr. Costello left the White House to work for ACTION, VISTA, he also lobbied for Travelers Insurance on behalf of a new safety concept known as automobile air bags. He eventually returned to government service, having worked under four presidents, he retired in 1993. His late wife Claire, preceded him in death in 2002. He is survived by his son, Paul and daughter-in-law, Susanna; granddaughters, Stephanie Morris & Jacqueline Hunte Costello of Joplin, MO, Chloe' Costello & Hannah Costello of Sarasota; step grandsons, James & Joseph Perez of Tampa; and great-grandson, John Morris of Joplin, MO. He is also survived by Alycia L. Costello, the mother of his son, and his friend. Blount Curry Funeral Home, Carrollwood Chapel, is handling funeral arrangements. On Wednesday, March 27th, the family will meet friends and family beginning at 2 pm. A service will follow at 3 pm. Mr. Costello will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his honor to his alma mater Bowdoin College or visit the Arbor Day Foundation and Give-A-Tree in his honor.
Blount & Curry Funeral Home - Carrollwood
3207 W BEARSS AVE
Tampa, FL 33618
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 24, 2013