F. Harry Costello

F. Harry Costello

Monday, January 14th, 1929 - Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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F. Harry Costello, 90, of Windsor Locks loving husband of 66 years to Rita (Purcell) Costello entered into Eternal Rest on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at The Suffield House with his family by his side. Harry was born January 14, 1929, in Bridgeport, CT the son of the late Francis H. and Agnes (Greene) Costello. He was a graduate of Fairfield Prep Class of 1947, and the Fairfield University Inaugural Class of 1951. After graduating from Fairfield University he proudly enlisted in the United States Army serving during the Korean War. After the war Harry began his teaching career in Stratford, CT in 1953. Then in 1959 he began his successful and passionate career as Principal of North Street School in Windsor Locks until his retirement in 1988. He was a faithful and devoted catholic and longtime parishioner of St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Harry will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and educator who enjoyed nothing more than to be surrounded by his family. In addition to his beloved wife, Rita Purcell, he is also survived by five children, James Costello and his wife, Honor of New Orleans, LA, Susan Colligan of Sandwhich, MA, Nancy Flynn and her husband, William of Peaks Island, ME, Lisa Costello of East Haddam, CT, and Tracy Kelly and her husband, John of Merrimac, MA; his siblings, Joan Condon of Fairfield, CT and Kevin Costello and his wife, Tina of Bridgeport, CT; 12 grandchildren, Patrick, Neil, Erin, Kelsey, Tyler, Shellbe, Victoria, Connor, James, Mckenzie, Cailin, and Kate; two great-granddaughters, Marisol and Sophia; two nephews, Skip and Tim Lance; two nieces, Linda Condon and Peg Brown; two former sons-in-law, Paul Colligan and Jody TenBrock. Harry was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Robert Condon and a sister-in-law and her husband, Shirley and Norman Lance. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Monday, December 16, 2019, from 4-7 pm at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. A funeral procession will gather on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 10 am at the funeral home for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 52 South Elm St. Windsor Locks. Burial will be held privately in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Stratford. Memorial contributions in Harry’s name may be made to Windsor Locks Dollars for Scholars P.O. Box 653 . Windsor Locks, CT, 06096. For online expressions of sympathy or directions please visit
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Windsor Locks Funeral Home
    441 Spring St
    Windsor Locks, CT 06096
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Robert Bellarmine Church
    52 South Elm St
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 12:00pm
    St. Michael's Cemetery
    Address Not Available


Donations are being accepted for: Windsor Locks Dollars for Scholars.


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Posted at 02:36pm
I'm sorry for your loss. Mr. Costello was an asset to our Windsor Locks community. His passing reminds me how fortunate we all were to have such positive, giving influences on our lives. Anne (Olszewski) Quade

Jan Handler

Posted at 02:12pm
Condolences to all the family on the passing of your dear Harry. While I have not lived nearby and did not have the opportunity to get to know him, my brother-in-law Kevin's fond stories of his kindness, spirit, and commitment to learning are well remembered. Wishing peace and comfort in your time of sorrow, Jan Handler

Karen Starr Giannelli

Posted at 11:16am
Dear Mrs. Costello & Family, I regret not making it to the services as that was my intent. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Mr. Costello. He is such a friendly, kind person from my childhood memories in the neighborhood. We made some of the best Barbie doll villages in the shrubs near your house... wonderful memories locked in my mind forever! May he rest in eternal peace and soar with the angels to give you strength and guidance all the days. With love, Karen Starr Giannelli

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Posted at 08:25am
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Posted at 08:22am
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you are at peace with the knowledge that Harry is making everyone laugh in an even better place!
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