Reverend William “Bill” Costello, age 71, died unexpectedly on August 1, 2018, while living in South Padre Island, Texas. He was the victim of a violent crime.
Bill was born on September 26, 1946 in Northampton, MA, the son of Eleanor (Bowler) and James F. Costello, and was raised in Florence, MA. He graduated from Annunciation Grammar School, St. Michael High School, and Greenfield (MA) Community College. He studied for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT, St. Mary (KY) College, and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA.
He was ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic diocese of Fall River, MA, in 1974. He served in several parishes in Southeastern Massachusetts, including St. Pius X (South Yarmouth), St. Mary’s (Norton), and St. Anthony’s (Mattapoisett). He also served for seven years as Chaplain at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. Prior to becoming pastor at Saint Mary’s parish in Taunton in 1993, he spent time in Ponce, Puerto Rico, in order to learn Spanish well enough to help his parishioners. In 1999 he became pastor at St. Anthony’s parish in East Falmouth, and served there until 2011. Subsequently, he served for a brief period as pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Seekonk, prior to his retirement. After he retired he moved to South Padre Island with his dog Grace.
Bill was widely known for his skill at re-invigorating the parishes where he served. He was able to build connections with people of all ages, inspiring them to join the community of the parish. He was respected for his openness to dialogue with anyone, and for his dedication to inclusiveness. As a pastor, Bill worked tirelessly for his parishioners, and he will be fondly remembered by the countless people he helped over the years that he served in the priesthood. He was truly a priest for the people, and built his life around his commitment to service.
He leaves his immediate family, Geraldine Lucek, Carol and Jack Costello, Patricia and Robert Trudeau, Richard Costello, Kathleen and Alan Sawyer, and Barbara and Robert Carey, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and many many friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018, at 11:00 AM, at St. Anthony’s Church in East Falmouth. The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM in the church, prior to the Mass. Burial will be in the church cemetery following the funeral.
Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to The Tomorrow Fund, 593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903, to St. Anthony’s Church, 167 E. Falmouth HWY, East Falmouth, MA 02536, or to a charity of your choice.