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COSTELLO, Charles Gerard

September 24, 1929 – Manchester, England
August 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Charles Costello, beloved husband of Violet (nee Urquhart) of Calgary, Alberta passed away at home on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the age of 89 years.

Charles was born in Manchester, England on September 24, 1929, to Richard and Winifred, both of Ireland. He married Violet in 1955, with whom he celebrated their sixty-fourth wedding anniversary, this past May. They moved with their young family first to Regina, Saskatchewan, and then to Long Island, New York, before settling permanently in Calgary in 1965.

Charles’ curious mind and work ethic propelled him past significant socioeconomic obstacles to become a respected academic in the field of psychology. He attended Manchester University, Durham University and London University, from which he received his doctorate in psychology, 1960. He taught at Queens College of the City University of New York and was a clinical and research psychologist at hospitals in Scotland, England and Canada. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, having taught there for twenty-nine years.

He authored and edited several books and published over ninety articles on a wide range of topics in psychology. In 1989, he was awarded The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta President’s Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Discipline of Psychology in Alberta. Charles was an avid reader who enjoyed a wide scope of writers, including his favorite playwright, Sean O’Casey.

Besides his loving wife, Charles is survived by his children, Charles Jr., Violet Jr., Catherine, Richard and Joanne; by his sons-in-law Bob and Hosea; and by his grandsons, Sean, Anthony and Timothy.

a chuisle mo chroí

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, Alberta), on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. A private Graveside Service will be held at Union Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com.

In living memory of Charles Costello Sr., a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. I was sorry to read about the passing of Charles. He was a major figure in the field of abnormal psychology, and in fact one of his earlier books Anxiety and Depression: The Adaptive Emotions (1976) in part helped me to get into the field. I remember his clear resolve on a variety of issues when I first joined him as a faculty member at the University of Calgary and often sought out his advice when I was his junior colleague. He had a strong effect on the evolution of psychology in Canada and abroad. My condolences to the family.

    Dr. Keith Dobson
    Professor of Psychology, University of Calgary

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  2. We are sad to here of Uncle Charles’ Passing. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Laurel, Tim and Travis Greene

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  3. Josephine Walne

    Heartfelt condolences to you all. It is so difficult and hard when we lose the ones we love.
    I remember him as being so pleasant on the few times I met him. He told me to visit the many parks and museums in London, as in his opinion, they were some of the best in the world. He was also very nice to my mum when they met after many years. She would tell me that Charles was the best man at her wedding long afterwards. I also remember Aunt Violet telling me how he would read Shakespeare to her which I thought so lovely.
    Try to think about good times and love. I wil keep you all in my thoughts and prayers
    Much love
    Josephine and family

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  4. I am so sorry for you loss of Charles who I admired so much. With much love at this sad time xxx

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  5. Tania Sablatash

    Huge sympathy Violet, to you and and your family, also to all of his friends.

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  6. Clifford Degner

    Elizabeth and I were so shocked to hear of Charles’s passing. If it hadn’t been for both of you moving to Regina I would never had met Elizabeth. Thank you both so much. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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  7. Joanne, my deep condolences to you, your mum, and family. I recall clearly how you have always spoken of both your parents with such respect and love and that your dad has been a huge support to you. I see from the lovely picture of him that you share his beautiful, warm smile. Holding you all in my heart. Take good care. Much love Rebecca

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  8. You did a lovely job on the Obituary – I learned many things about Charles that I wasn’t aware of. Jerry and I and Reina will be attending the service on Saturday and I am especially looking forward to seeing Sean, Timothy, and Anthony after so many years. All young successful young men now!

    Much love,

    Val

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  9. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.Your own thoughts will sustain you and give you strength.

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  10. Joan & Ted Pattinson

    We were so sorry to hear of Charles passing. We always enjoyed his cheery smile.
    Hugs Violet at this sad time. Joan & Ted

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  11. Josephine Fletcher

    Much love to all of you. These are wonderful parents to their children I know, especially Catherine. Yet met Chuck and know Violet so many years ago at the beginning of growing up.

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  12. Sad to hear about Uncle Charles’s passing. When we returned to Canada, we stayed with the Costellos before moving to our own house. Then we would visit from time to time. I remember him timing his steaks on the BBQ, playing charades, and always engaged in good conversations. These were good times! As I grew older, I came to appreciate his work ethic and many achievements. Peace to you Uncle.
    Much love to Auntie Violet and all my cousins at this time.
    Mark

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  13. Sorry to hear of Dr. Costello’s passing. He was kind enough to hire me as a part-time office assistant in 1982, when I was just re-entering the work force, and I continued to enjoy working with and for him during the many years we both spent in the Psychology department.

    Alison Wiigs

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  14. Linda and Bernie Nemeth

    Violet and family have many nice memories of being at your home when
    our children were younger. Miss seeing you and Charles walking in the neighbourhood. Sending heartfelt condolences to all at this time.

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