COSTELLO, John (Séan) James - John, born August 24 1933, left this world the evening of June 23 2022, surrounded by music, which was a constant in his life, and in the embrace of the love and laughter of his family.
Séan was the eldest son of Robert Costello and Kathleen Whelan; and dear brother of Michael, Vincent, Thomas, Desmond, Kevin, Kathleen, Maureen, Tony and Padraig.
He married Jane Patricia Foley in 1955 and shortly thereafter immigrated to Canada with their first son, Robert (Catherine); followed by Séan (Anne), Maureen (David), Sheila (James) and Eileen (Damien).
The foundations of Séan's life were his family, his work, sport and his Irish culture and community.
He and Pat were devoted to one another for their 67-year marriage.
Séan and Pat helped to establish the Irish Emigrant Aid & Benevolence Society in the 1960s, which evolved into the Irish Canadian Cultural Society.
In retirement, Séan remained active in the Irish Canadian community and travelled with Patricia, going back home to Ireland and Cheltenham to spend time with his siblings and wider family. He was a beloved grandpa and papa to his 15 grandchildren: Kathleen, Brian, Sarah, Siobhán, Maggie, Clare, Conor, Séamus, Ciaron, Shelagh, Maeve, Sinéad, Pearse, Séan and Grace. His endless love for and pride in his grandchildren was apparent to anyone who saw them together, and was truly felt by each of them.
We express profound gratitude from our family to everyone at Sunrise who cared for our father with tenderness and respect, and continue to provide Patricia with the loving care Séan provided to Pat himself, until very recently.
Yonette, Alex, Sonia, Maria, and Azra treated Séan as though he was their own. Séan emulated kindness and generosity in the way he lived his life and raised his family. We are privileged to call him our father. We will continue on with love and gratitude for the person that he was in the immense shadow he leaves.
Arrangements with Lynett Funeral Home, Toronto. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 161 Annette Street, Toronto, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support St. Joseph's Health Centre https://supportstjoes.ca/. Codladh go maith, Séan.