Sunday, March 29, 2015

The LuLac Edition #2865, March 29th, 2015

Owen Costello. (Photo: The Times Leader).
A man who was a true booster of the city of Wilkes Barre for many years and a champion of youth sports, Owen Costello died Saturday at the age of 69. Costello for decades was head of the Wilkes Barre Recreation Board and later transitioned that experience into a position with the Keystone State Games. 
As head of that organization, Costello brought many visitors into the city and county when the Games were held here. Later on Costello served for 16 years on the Wilkes Barre Area School Board. He never failed to win a double nomination in any of his races.
Costello touched many lives of young people who worked in recreation. When I was at King’s, it was not uncommon for many of my fellow students to beam with pride when they told me they “got the call from Mr. Costello” to work at the parks for the City.
On a personal note, I saw him at many family functions since his cousin married my sister. Our exchanges were always pleasant but punctuated by his wry sense of humor. His death comes as a shock to many. It goes without saying that he will be missed.


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