Thomas Richard Costello

September 22, 1949August 13, 2017

Thomas Richard Costello, III, 67, of Fredericksburg passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Thomas Richard Costello lll was born in Dexter, Maine and was also a long-time resident of Virginia. Tom had a very interesting and varied life. He grew up on a farm in Maine and learned how to drive on a tractor and milk lots of cows. He served 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and went through three tours in Vietnam. The Marine Corps taught him how to parachute jump, along with many other things, but he found a love in parachute jumping and continued to do it after he got out of the military service. Tom became a cook at the Globe & Laurel, a restaurant outside the Marine Corps base Quantico, after he finished his enlistment in the Marine Corps. He was also at one time a lumberjack, which he promises was the hardest job he ever had to do. Tom was also a car salesman before he found his true passion in life, a PWC firefighter/paramedic. He began PWC Rookie school at the age of 39 and then worked happily as a paramedic and paramedic instructor. He continued as a firefighter and paramedic until he retired in 1997 at the age of 47. Thomas Richard Costello III was a very hardworking and honest man. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and always put his family first. He was generous and caring and passed all his knowledge and wisdom on to his children and grandchildren. He had the most beautiful smile and kind spirit, his heart was gold despite his humanity. Tom was loved by everyone he met and impacted everyone in a different way. Most of all Tom will always be remembered as the loving husband to Patti Costello, they had the privilege to celebrate 28 years of marriage together. The love and adoration he showed his wife and family everyday will forever burn bright in the souls of his family. Tom might be gone from the world physically but he will forever live healthy and pure spiritually in everyone’s hearts. He is survived by his wife, Patti; Sister in law, Ann Hyde; his children, Theresa Costello, Michelle Jones, Robin Soto (Son in law Sam Soto), Kelly Hood; his brother and two sisters; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas “Tommy” Costello IV. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00pm on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp Hope,, or PTSD Foundation of American,


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Bill Cramsey

August 19, 2017

Saddened to hear of the passing of Tom. I don't think he ever met a stranger. What a dynamic personality, infectious smile, and one awesome moustache :O) Rest easy my friend, till we all meet again. You'll be missed !!

August 18, 2017

I am sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with you during your time of mourning. Isaiah 61:1,2 ; Matthew 5:4

Bob Holman

August 17, 2017

So sorry to learn of the passing of Tom. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May the memories you share bring comfort to the family during this very sad time.
God Bless

John Bethel

August 17, 2017

Very sorry to hear of the passing of another co-worker. Tom may you rest in peace and may the Lord give your family comfort!

Steve Strawderman

August 17, 2017

Semper Fi my friend and your family. I enjoyed working with him at PWCDFR.

Adrienne Hughes

August 17, 2017

It was my pleasure to have known you Tom, I met you when I was Junior in O.W.L. I respected you, I learned from you from there to Potomac Emergency Room, Never a greater man has walked our world. Semper Fi and R. I. P.

Joe Melvin

August 16, 2017

Tom was a good partner and good friend, we lost touch after so many years, but I was sad to hear of his passing. Rest In Peace Tom.

Brian Cooke

August 16, 2017

Thoughts and prayers for Tom's family. It was an honor and a real pleasure in life to know Tom and work with him from our first day with PWC Fire and Rescue when Recruit Class 89-1 "The Untouchables" came to be. Semper Fi, Tom, and may you rest in peace.

August 16, 2017

Prayers of comfort and healing at this most difficult time.
The Clarks

Jim Mastin

August 16, 2017

Very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. May he rest in peace!