John "Jack" Costello

A man who measured success by saving people not money

John D. Costello, a former boxer who taught kids how to box to keep them off the streets, died in 1990. He was 60. John D. Costello, born and raised in Port Richmond, began boxing in grade school. He boxed while attending North Catholic High School and while serving in the Military Police during the Korean War. Before the war, he won the Golden Gloves tournament. Jack Costello moved to Tacony and began teaching young boys to box. He ran the Harrowgate Boxing Club for 15 years and later joined the Clearfield Boxing Club. He was featured in a HBO television special called Kid Gloves, and in 1989 was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame."He didn't make much money out of the boxing - his main concern was the kids," said Chris Costello, one of his seven sons. "He often said success isn't measured in dollars, it's what you do for somebody else." Mr. Costello worked in the steam-heat division of Philadelphia Electric Co. for 18 years. When he was 58 years old he became an addictions counselor for PE.In 1982, Mr. Costello was given the City of Brotherly Love Award by Mayor William Green. He was a member of the Men of Malvern, a Catholic organization, and, for 37 years, took his seven sons on annual retreats with the group. Mr. Costello is survived by his wife, Anne Sands Costello; seven sons; three daughters.