Ignatius Joseph Costello

April 29, 1929 to September 10, 2016


Passed peacefully away at the Health Sciences Centre, on September 10th, 2016, Ignatius J. (Nish) Costello, aged 87, of St. John’s, NL. He was the last surviving child of James and Agnes Costello, of King’s Cove, Bonavista Bay, NL.  Ignatius was a long time employee of the Physical Education Department at Memorial University. Leaving to mourn his loving wife of 59 years, Iris Costello (nee Coffin). Also leaving to mourn his devoted nieces and nephews in the Costello family. Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. The family will accept visitors on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Teresa’s Parish, on Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 11 a.m., with interment to follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Forest Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.



2-4 p.m. on September 11, 2016

7-9 p.m. on September 11, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Monday September 12th

St. Teresa's Parish
120 Mundy Pond Rd, St. John's

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Sad to her of his passing aunt Iris, Fond memories when you both came to Denver. Absent from the body present with the LORD. Love you Aunt Iris God Bless Randy & Pennie Jensen

Sorry to hear the passing of “Cos”‘, as we affectionately called him. He was a wonderful gentleman, who befriended many of us, especially, in the Dept of PE. It was always a pleasure to run into him. He has left his mark……

I am so sorry to hear of Nish’s death. He was a friend to all of us in the PE building and truth be told he really ran the place.
My condolences to Iris and the rest of the family.
Keith Taylor

Worked with Nish for over 20 years one of the nicest people at MUN .. Most people thought Nish ran the phys ed department maybe cause he looked like he did …..Great Guy …. Just found out about his passing at 10 this morning got to the church to see him off ….

I am sorry to read of Nish’s passing. As a staff member of the university, I was a regular lunch-time user of the lockers/showers in Phys. Ed. for a long time before the Field House was built. I enjoyed frequent and friendly conversations with Nish as I walked by his office.. My condolences to his family and friends. Carolyn Emerson

My thoughts are with the family today. He was a longtime friend who I worked with in the School of Physical Education at MUN.

Greg Wood

I remember Nish very well, well respected, a very sincere gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Sincere Condolances are extended to Mrs. Costtello and all family members. A group of students who frequented the MUN Bowling Alley became close friends with ” Cos”. He was a mentor and often reminded us of our Academic responsibilities. I and others such as “Jake” Squires would fill in for him when duties called him elsewhere. Truely a Gentleman. I allways remember him fondly.f

Dear Iris,
So sad to hear the news of Nish’s passing. My first job at MUN was at the School of Physical Education. I was 17 and Nish was somewhat of a father figure to me. He was always looking out for me and giving me advice….such a nice man and gentleman. Cherish your memories.

Dear Aunt Iris
It is hard to believe that we were together less than a month ago and now Uncle Nish is gone. It is a great loss. I will hold on to the many happy memories of Mom, Dad, Geralyn, Jim and I visiting and our dinners together. And of course our great enjoyment of the cuckoo clock as kids and oh yes as adults too! I will be there in spirit with you and our family.
All my love

I met Nish many years ago with visits to stephenville with my uncle dominic ! He was a wonderful man and always had humour and wit about him! My condolences to your family. God bless!

Dear Iris,
Such a shock to hear of Nish’s sudden passing. He was always a stalwart in our team at the School of Physical Education, a good man to work with and always a fount of information. Such a long string of memories going back to the mid sixties. MJF will be in the welcoming committee.
Iris, my thoughts and prayers are for you.
Frank O’Connor

Iris, so sorry to hear of Nish’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Have some wonderful memories of him visiting mom and dad. My prayers and thoughts are with you and the Costello family.

Aunt Iris, so sorry to hear of Uncle Nish’s passing. Remembering him always. Wish we could be there but personal circumstances at this time do not allow. All our love.

Our prayers are with Iris and the Costello family.
Philip and Faith. (King’s Cove)

Our prayers are with Iris and the Costello family.
Philip and Faith (King’s Cove)

To the extended Costello family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
“Nish” was a legend as equipment cage man at the P.E Department MUN.
Michael and Annette Boyle.

So sorry for your loss!

It was with regret that I learned of nish passing. He was a fine man and a sincere gentleman. May he rest in peace.
I wish iris well and i hope she is can rest comfortably.
Rollie burke