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(Burlington, 27 ottobre 1920 - 11 giugno 2017)

Sindaco di Burlington e senatore del New Jersey

Costello was born in Burlington Oct. 27, 1920. After public schools in Burlington he attended Temple University, where he was graduated with a B.S. degree in 1950. Mr. Costello served with naval aviation units during World War II. He was on active duty from January, 1943, until January, 1946, and held the rating of AOM 3/c at the time of his discharge. Senator Costello worked as an industrial engineer from 1950 until 1964, when he was appointed comptroller for the Burlington County Bridge Commission, in which position he continues to serve. Mr. Costello was Heart Fund chairman for Burlington in 1969, 1970, and 1971. His first public office was that of tax assessor in Burlington, which he held from 1954 to 1959. He served as a Burlington city councilman from 1960 to 1966, and has been mayor since 1967. He has been a director of the state Conference of Mayors since 1968, and was the conference president for the 1975-1976 year. Senator Costello's wife is the former Alice W. Cook. They have two children, Mark and Donna. Mr. Costello was elected to the Assembly in a special election Nov. 2 1976, to serve the remainder of the term of former Assemblyman George H. Barbour of Maple Shade, who resigned from the Assembly to accept appointment to the Board of Public Utilities Commissioners. Mr. Costello was re-elected in 1977 and 1979. He was elected to his first senate term in 1981.

  • State of New Jersey, Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, Mullin, Trenton 1984, p. 212.

Funeral services will be Saturday for Herman T. Costello, a longtime former mayor who also had been a New Jersey legislator. He died Sunday at his city home at the age of 96 after a long illness. Costello served as the Democrat city mayor for 33 years after his first election to the post in 1967. He was the son of Italian immigrants from the town of Capracotta. His love for the City of Burlington knew no bounds. He worked tirelessly for its redevelopment to make it a better place to live and work. He also served in the state Assembly in the Seventh Legislative District from 1976-82 and in the state Senate the next two years. The historic municipal building and performing arts hall on High Street was renamed in his honor in 2007 as the Herman T. Costello Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts.  In 2008 he was named Mayor Emeritus. Mr. Costello had worked at the Burlington County Bridge Commission, retiring in 1983 after serving as comptroller and then personnel director. He was a Temple University and 1939 Burlington City High School graduate and member of several fraternal organizations, including the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife, Alice; son, Mark del Costello of Burlington; his daughter, Donna and two grandchildren of Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • C. Comegno, Former Burlington mayor, state senator to be buried Saturday, «The Courier Post», Cherry Hill, 16 giugno 2017.

Intitolazioni a Ermanno Del Castello:

  • "Herman T. Costello" Lyceum Hall, Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts, 432 High Street, Burlington City (NJ), Stati Uniti d'America.

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