Richard Costello, 84

Railway sales manager

October 19, 2007

Richard Edward Costello Sr., a retired sales manager for the old Western Maryland Railway, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 84 and lived in Timonium.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Linwood Avenue, he was a 1941 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School, where he played baseball and soccer. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Akutan, a ammunition transport vessel.

After the war, he joined the Western Maryland Railway as a stenographer. He retired as district sales manager in 1983. He worked for many years at the old Hillen Station in the Oldtown section of Baltimore.

Mr. Costello was president of the Traffic Club of Baltimore from 1970 to 1971.

"He was involved directly in a number of transportation innovations at the Western Maryland, not the least of which was the development of a bulk flour-loading facility," said Lee Weldon, a member of the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society. "This changed the way bakers received their flour from packaged lots in boxcars to bulk lots in covered hoppers, making the loading and unloading much more economical."

Mr. Costello was a founder of the Perring-Loch Community Association. He was an Orioles fan and had been active in the Northwood Baseball League and the Loch Raven Boys' Club Little League.

For many years, he played in his own quartet, the Treble-Aires, which performed at wedding receptions and bar mitzvahs. He used the song "Twilight Time" as the theme for the group.

A Mass was offered at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville, where he was a parishioner.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Susan DiBerardine; a son, Richard E. Costello Jr. of Baldwin; two daughters, Maureen C. Clifton of Towson and Janice C. Thommen of Reisterstown; six grandchildren; and a great grandson. A son, Barry J. Costello, died in 2001.

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