James J. “Jim” Costello

January 17, 2006

James J. “Jim” Costello

JAMES J. COSTELLO – in Winchester, unexpectedly, Tuesday, January 17th. Beloved husband of the late M. Virginia (Driver) Costello. Devoted father of Gerard J. Costello and his wife Kathleen of Winchester and the late David C. Costello. Loving brother of John V. Costello and his wife Susan of Mansfield, Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, January 21st, at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn at 11. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Englewood, CO 80112.

OBITUARY:

James J. “Jim??? Costello, a longtime resident of Winchester, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 17th at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The beloved husband of the late Margaret Virginia (Driver) Costello, he was seventy-six years of age.

Born in Woburn, “Jim???, as he was affectionately known by all, was the son of the late Joseph Mullen Costello and Julia Agnes (Tracey) Costello. His family moved to Winchester at an early age where he was raised and educated. Jim was a graduate of Winchester High School and continued his education at Northeastern University after having served in the 7th Company, 23rd Infantry, of the State Guard of Massachusetts.

In 1950 he married M. Virginia Driver, with whom he shared two sons and forty-eight years of marriage. Being actively involved with his family, he shared with them many happy, fun and interesting times together, enjoying many different activities and travel.

At the age of twenty-three he was named the Town Accountant of Winchester, a position that he held for thirty years. Jim was highly respected in his field and excelled in his knowledge of Municipalities within the Commonwealth. His position as Town Accountant and later Town Comptroller presented him the opportunity to meet many new friends and colleagues from all over the state, many of whom he has remained close to.

Following his retirement from the Town of Winchester, Jim continued as a Municipal Administrator in Everett, Boston, Brookline and also served on the Chelsea Receivership Team during their difficulties.

Jim was a very diligent, professional and disciplined man, who enjoyed daily exercise and could be seen walking about town and, in later and more recent years, walking from his home in Winchester to Woburn Center, often stopping into St. Charles Church and home again, early every morning.

Jim’s parents, having been born in Ireland, passed on a legacy of Irish heritage, that has remained dear to him throughout his life. He had traveled many times to Ireland with his family, visiting the many relatives, friends, counties and isles, speaking Gaelic throughout. He would often times speak of the joy being Irish.

Reading was second nature to Jim. He thoroughly enjoyed different genres but particularly enjoyed books regarding history, politics and theology and was able to converse with great knowledge regarding any of these areas.

Jim had been a life long communicant at the Immaculate Conception Church, where he and his family worshiped weekly. Their involvement in the Church was an important part of Jim’s life where he had assisted in the CCD programs, was a Eucharistic Minister, assisted in the area of

of his expertise and in any other way that he could be of help. St. Anthony Shrine in Boston was also a place that Jim would frequent, participating in the many different discussion groups and prayer groups there.

In addition to the Immaculate Conception Church, Jim was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Winchester and both the State and New England Association of Municipal Employees.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his wife Ginny and son David Costello.

He is lovingly survived by his son Gerard “Jerry??? Costello and his wife Kathleen of Winchester, his brother John V. Costello and his wife Susan of Mansfield and several cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Saturday, January 21st, at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Jim’s memory to the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Englewood, CO 80112.

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  1. I met Jim at Immac. Concept. a few years ago at the 9:00 masses. After mass I would drop him off at Woburn Center or sometimes winchester Center where he would have breakfast. He was truly a religous informative person. I spoke to him several months ago and we were always going to have breakfast but never did. I truly regret we never did.
    My sincere condolonces.
    Arthur Buonopane

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