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Harold Richard Costello
Harold Richard Costello, a long time resident of Half Moon Bay, passed away peacefully July 25, 2012 after a lengthy battle with both heart and kidney disease. He was born February 6, 1947 in Nashville, TN to Harold Costello and Vera Abernathy Costello. With his father's naval career, the family lived in Nashville, San Diego, and Norfolk, VA during his early childhood years. The family moved to Pensacola, Florida in June of 1957.
Richard graduated from Escambia High School in 1965. He was active at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where he served as an acolyte. After graduation, he joined the Army serving in the Army Security Agency; he was stationed in Boston, Ethiopia, S. Korea. After his tour of duty in the Army, Richard worked for the National Security Agency.
Richard attended the University of West Florida from 1970 to 1975, studying computer science, and assisted in setting up the data processing department at the University. He became a telecommunications and networks specialist working for several insurance and financial institutions in South Carolina, Tennessee, New Mexico, and California.
Richard married Vivian Brownlow on June 9, 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1987, Richard and Vivian, along her daughter Allison Brownlow, moved to Half Moon Bay. He was a member of Holy Family Episcopal Church and was very active in renovations of the farmhouse at 1590 South Cabrillo Hwy to transform the building into a worship space and children's center.
Richard's interests revolved around computers and military history. He enjoyed repairing and building personal computers for families and friends during his retirement years. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Vivian Costello, stepdaughter Allison Brownlow, mother Vera Costello and sister, Brenda Rudolph.
A memorial service will be held August 4, 2012, starting 1:30pm at Holy Family Episcopal Church, 1590 S. Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay with internment at Skylawn Memorial Park immediately after the memorial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to either the American Heart Association or to Veterans of Foreign Wars.