Published in The Seattle Times from May 18 to May 19, 2013
Eugene Aloysius Costello died April 20, 2013
in Burien, WA. Eugene was born November 27, 1921
in Washington, D.C. The only child of Eugene
Aloysius and Edna Ruth (Ewing) Costello, he grew
up in the District of Columbia, living primarily in the
Northwest part of the city. He attended Sacred Heart
School, St. John's College High School, Central
High, and George Washington University, where
he majored in Economics.
Eugene served in the United States Navy during WWII and in Korea, with his
most notable service being in the Pacific on the USS Intrepid.
Following his 1949 marriage to fellow District native, Ruth Marianne Hamilton
Edge, he found himself stationed at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on
Puget Sound. Subsequently, he and Marianne settled and made their home in
the Seattle area following the war's end.
Eugene went to work for Boeing in the early 1950's, retiring after a 40+ year
career in which he worked in the Commercial Airplane and Aerospace
Divisions, finishing out with Boeing Computer Services.
He was a practical finance aficionado, gardener, Irish harp maker, opera buff,
lover of animals, history, mathematics, geology, and Latin; occasional cook,
amateur astronomer, sometime boxing fan, and beloved husband, father, and
As his doctor Jeffrey Frankel so aptly described him recently, Eugene was, "A
minimalist and a real salt of the earth guy". Much appreciation goes to Dr.
Frankel, and also to Dr. Max Lee and Dr. Pierre Nader.
Eugene is survived by his children, Brian P. Costello, Sharon A. Costello, and
Kathleen P. Walsh (James); five grandchildren: Elizabeth and Emily
MacCready (Dr. William Roberts), Carlos, Samantha, and Mayra Walsh.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of nearly 60 years.
A private viewing was held, followed by interment at Tahoma National
"In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te
martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus
angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere aeternam
habeas requiem." (May angels lead you into Paradise; may the martyrs
receive you at your coming and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
May a choir of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, who once was
poor, may you have eternal rest.)