James F. ‘Jim’ Costello, 77

James F. “Jim”, 77, of Dagsboro, Del. formerly of Woodbine, Md., passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in the comfort of his home, with his wife by his side. He was born in Catonsville, Md., on Nov. 1, 1942, son of the late James F. Costello and the late Margaret Gertrude (O’Ferrall) Costello. His biological mother died when he was a child, and he was raised by his second mom, Frances Loretta (O’Ferrall) Costello.

Costello was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Md., and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1965, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was a self-employed master builder and contractor prior to his retirement. His skills in his trade were superb. He and his wife, Deb, had a farm outside of Woodbine, Md., where they enjoyed their horses and fox hunting. Costello was very involved with the Knights of Columbus organization, both in his home parish of St. Michael in Poplar Springs, Md., and also at St. Ann in Bethany Beach, Del. He led an outstanding life.

In addition to his parents, Costello was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Costello. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Deborah L. (Kirby) Costello; three sons, James Wilson “Willie” Costello, Joseph Francis Costello and his wife, Lauren, and Andrew Nicholas Costello and his wife, Kristy; three grandchildren, Addison, Max and Lucy; seven siblings, Mary Charlotte Scranton, Kathleen Sarkarati, Margaret Costello, John Timothy Costello and his wife, Julie, Joan Costello, Karen Smith and her husband, Blake, and Deborah Bourke and her husband, James; a brother-in-law, George Wilson Kirby and his wife, Donna; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A viewing and Mass of Christian Burial were to be held on Jan. 11, 2020, at St. Ann Catholic Church, Bethany Beach, Del. 19930. Another Mass was held on Jan. 15 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Mount Airy, Md., with interment in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul; PO Box 879; Ocean View, DE 19970. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.