Peter C. Costello
COOPERSTOWN — Peter C. Costello, 72, of Cooperstown died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Otsego Manor, a place he had made his “home” for the last year-and-a-half.
Peter was born Nov. 10, 1940, the son of Edward R. and Dorothy (Grimshaw) Costello. After a high school career in which he enjoyed and excelled at a number of sports, he graduated from Cooperstown High School in the Class of 1958. Following graduation Peter enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country from 1959 to 1963.
Peter loved the out-of-doors and always had fond memories of his family’s camp on White Lake in the Adirondacks where his exploits in and around the water were legendary.
Following a horrific automobile crash in April of 1965, in which he was severely injured and burned and in which he lost his right hand and forearm, spending more than a year in medical institutions, Peter displayed his characteristic stubbornness, outspokenness and iron will, refusing to use a prosthetic arm or hand, insisting instead that people “Take me as I am or not at all.” He simply persevered and taught himself to meet his needs with his remaining arm and hand. He spoke of the years following the accident as the years of Connie, goat herds, skeet shooting, motorcycles and blue grass festivals.
Never one to accept his disability, Peter worked in the parts department at Smith Ford for several years and thereafter for many years at NAPA. His experience and knowledge made him one of the more respected auto parts experts in the area.
He was loyal to his family and friends and in his later years helped care for his aging and blind “Uncle Bill” so as to insure that he retained his residence and independence.
Peter is survived by his brother Edward Costello of Durham, N.C.; two nieces, Anna Bland and Mary Ellen; one nephew, Patrick; his uncle, Jim Grimshaw of Rochester; and many good friends, among them, Gordie and Barb Robinson, David St. John, Bob LaDuke, Ricky Lindroth, Elnora Rathbun, Bob Solarchik, Stu Fink and Ron Jennings.
In accordance with Peter’s wishes, there will be no funeral service or calling hours. A private graveside remembrance will be held in the spring at the Costello grave site in Ilion.
On Peter’s behalf, his family and friends express their gratitude to the staff at Otsego Manor for their loving care, attention and friendship to Peter. For those who so desire, the family suggests that donations in Peter’s memory be made to the “Resident Activities Fund” c/o Otsego Manor, 128 Phoenix Mills Crossroad, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
One final note, Peter wanted it known that although he was the one blamed for dropping a “M80” into the toilet in Joe Clancy’s Doubleday Restaurant following his senior class trip; he was NOT the one who did it.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.