D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

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Ryan Christopher Costello

June 13, 1996November 18, 2019

Ryan Christopher Costello, 23, of Wethersfield, beloved son of Christopher and Tammy (Campbell) Costello, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 18, 2019 in New Zealand. Ryan was born in Hartford on June 13, 1996 and was a 2014 graduate of Wethersfield High School. An extremely talented baseball player, he enrolled at Central Connecticut State University, where he played for three years before being drafted by the Seattle Mariners at the end of his junior year in 2017. In 2018, he was traded to the Minnesota Twins and was promoted in 2019 to their Double-A affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. At the time of his death, Ryan was preparing to start the Australian Baseball League season with the Auckland Tuatara. When he wasn’t giving 150% to baseball, he was just as passionate and competitive while bass fishing or online gaming.

Ryan will be forever missed by his loving parents at home in Wethersfield; his brother, Michael Harrison of Berlin; his paternal grandfather, James Costello of Wethersfield and his grandmother, Karen (Bigelow) Costello, also of Wethersfield; his maternal grandfather, James and his wife Deborah (Lux) Campbell and his grandmother, Darlene (Schmidt) Irwin, all of Wisconsin; a step-grandmother, Debra (Moran) Costello of Glastonbury and many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends from high school and college, as well as his minor and major league teammates and coaches. He was sadly predeceased by his infant nephew, Matthew Michael Harrison.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. The D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield is assisting the family with arrangements. To receive updated service information, or to share a memory of Ryan with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


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Mary Banks

December 1, 2019

Tammy, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your son Ryan. You and your family are in my prayers and may God be with you throughout all of your suffering. You take care and tell the family I send my love and sympathy. Love You Mary Banks.

Travis Blankenhorn

November 28, 2019

Ryan was such a great person, teammate, roommate, and friend! I cherish every car ride home with him talking about our games, going to get coffee and arguing about where to go for lunch! His love for the game of baseball was truly unmatched. I will always remember staying in the locker room until 2 am some nights playing ping pong against him. He would not let us go home until he felt he got better. That was just him though, he gave 110 percent at whatever he was doing! Ryan Rest easy, you will be missed. I love you bro ❤️

Susan Wachtelhausen

November 27, 2019

Ryan was my student at WHS in his junior year. Yes, he was all about baseball, but I remember the handsome, funny, respectful young man who always had a smile and a kind word. He was a good student and a truly good person. His passing is so difficult; Godspeed, Ryan and my deepest sympathies to the family.

John Nolan

November 27, 2019

Ryan was truly a remarkable young man. It was a true pleasure to watch him play the game he was so passionate about. My son played against Ryan in high school and college. He also was his teammate in travel ball which is where we got to know him and his wonderful family much better. The thing that set Ryan above everyone else was how he made everyone around him feel. Even though he was always the best player on the field he made all the players feel welcome. I’m truly sorry for your loss Chris and Tammy

Edgar Varela

November 26, 2019

Ryan was a great human being with a great heart. I will never forget how he made my son feel when he came to visit the team; Ryan welcomed him into the batting cages and allowed him to take some swings with him. He was kind, passionate about the game, and worked extremely hard at his craft. Most importantly he was a great teammate and cared for others as he showed his character with my son. You will be missed big man.