Raymond James Costello Jr., a lifelong carpenter and Navy veteran, died surrounded by family on April 15 at the Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster, Mass., after a long illness. He was 78.
Mr. Costello had a house on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk from 1968 to 1981. It was a summer home at first, but in 1977, his family moved there full time from Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. They eventually left the area for Acton, Mass., and moved to Cape Cod in 1990.
Mr. Costello worked as a construction supervisor for Kimco Realty. He was also a proud veteran, having served as a member of the Navy Construction Battalion, the Seabees, in Antarctica among other locations.
In Dobbs Ferry, he was a volunteer firefighter.
Mr. Costello was born in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1935, to Raymond Costello and the former Kathleen Hourihan. He graduated from Stepinac High School and attended Westchester Community College.
In 1959, he married Kathryn Williams, with whom he raised six children.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Costello is survived by his children, Raymond Costello of Holliston, Mass., William Costello of Wainscott, Maura Mirras of Montauk, James Costello of Bristol, Conn., Kerry Prescott of Harwich, Mass., and Jennifer Fisher of Reston, Va. He was very proud of his 16 grandchildren, his family said. Also surviving are a brother, Kevin Costello of Dobbs Ferry, many nieces and nephews, and his aunt, Josephine Hourihan of Somerville, Mass., with whom he was close.
His family has suggested donations to the Dobbs Ferry Fire Department, Ogden House Committee, P.O. Box 95, Dobbs Ferry 10522.