BRISTOL — Thomas R. Costigan Sr., 88, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, Massachusetts, died Dec. 3, 2018.
Tom served in the U.S. Navy as Boiler Technician second class on the U.S.S. Albany during the Korean Conflict. During his service, he was awarded a commendation for averting a catastrophic event in the ship’s engine room.
After his discharge from the Navy, he began a career as a metal fabricator for H.P. Hood and Sons in Charlestown, Massachusetts, where he worked until retirement.
Tom was an avid fisherman throughout his life, fishing with his brother at Boston Harbor and the Charles River, his nephews and sons at Revere and Winthrop Beaches, and his grandchildren on Newfound Lake and the Pemigewasset River.
He was a Little League baseball coach in Winthrop, Massachusetts, from 1958 to 1993, and was recognized for his dedication to the League with a Man of the Year award in 1993. His favorite pastime was watching the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, especially when his boys and grandchildren would gather in his living room to watch and talk sports with him.
Beloved husband for 49 years of the late Dorothy A. (Grace) Costigan, he was the devoted father of Thomas R. Costigan Jr. of Bristol, Patrick Costigan and his wife, Kimberly, of Winthrop, Massachusetts, Kevin Costigan and his wife, Michelle, of Bristol, Brian Costigan and his wife, Kathleen, of Bristol, and Daniel Costigan and his wife, Desiree, of Plymouth; cherished Grandpa of Kyle, Michael, Sean, Kevin, Spencer, Michael Patrick, Chris, Julie, Kelly, Katie, Karalyn, Kayci, Matthew, Damien, Dominick, Devan, and Declan; dear brother of Betty Garchinski of Medford, Massachusetts, and brother-in-law of Lorraine Washburn of Nashua; Althea and Edward Clark of Tewksbury, Massachusetts; and Fred Grace of Massachusetts. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Bernard Costigan and his wife, Marilyn, Mary Costigan, Bridget Higgins and her husband, David, Winifred Hegarty and her husband, James, and Anna Marie Morelli and her husband, Edward.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Emmons Funeral Home, 115 So. Main St., Bristol. Family and friends are all welcome. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. Committal services and burial with military honors will be in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Tom’s memory to the Newfound Area Nursing Association (NANA), 214 Lake St., Bristol, NH 03222.