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Born:July 4, 1944
New York, NY
Died:April 3, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
A beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, Richard was born on July 4, 1944 in New York City. 

He was a veteran and served proudly in the U.S. Army. He moved to Las Vegas in 1966 to live closer to his Mother and two sisters. 

Everywhere he found himself, Richard easily made friends who remember his wit, charm and grace. He was the strongest, constant link in his family’s lives and that love will never be forgotten.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Tia Costello; daughter, Deanna and son, Richard of Las Vegas; sisters, Rita Bawden of Las Vegas and Barbara Williams of Albuquerque; niece, Gia D'Errico Planer of Las Vegas; and grand-nephews, Gianni Giancola and Bronson Planer; as well as numerous other relatives and close friends.

Services at the Valley Funeral Home (3919 Raymert, Las Vegas) will be held on April 12, 2011 at 10am. Internment services will follow at 1pm at Southern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. 

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Silver Ridge Nursing Home Care Center.  

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Disabled American Veterans ( Mail to: DAV Memorial Program, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or call 877-426-2838 Ext 3302.
Little Richard
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Barbara, Rita and Richard
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Richard is wearing #13
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Richard and Tia
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Richie's High School Graduation
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Family Christmas 2004
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Memorabilia (audio, video, files, documents, etc.)

Personal Notes

God has to break our hearts to prove to us that he only takes the best. I'll wear your memory proudly, My only true friend. May my love for you reach Heaven above Until we meet again.
Added by Rita Bawden

Charming, caring, courageous, comical, creative are only a few words of many to describe my father/best friend. I've learned so much from you throughout life and will continue to learn from you as you will forever be in my heart and in my memories. I love you so much Dad and one day we will reunite. Love always Richie
Added by Richie Costello

Father, throughout the 28 years, 11 months and 3 days that I knew you on Earth, I've learned countless life-lessons from your wisdom. I appreciate everything I've ever learned from you, with one of my favorite lessons being acceptance of who I am, and allowing myself to just be "me". I will continue to apply everything you taught me throughout my life. I love you forever always, and will carry you in my heart. I miss you dearly and will see you in heaven when my time comes.
Added by Deanna Dawn Costello

My husband, Richard, and I have an awesome relationship. I say "have" because our love is alive and will be forever. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we always loved one another in the truest sense. I know that I am fortunate to have found that kind of love in my lifetime and I owe it all to my loving husband Richard.
Added by Tia Costello

Richard, You will always hold a piece of my heart. Great memories of your friendly smile and kind words. May your family and friends find PEACE in knowing the universe has taken you to a restful place. Loving thoughts of you always.

Added by Sharon Mullin-Drake

There are some people who have the genuine gift of making you feel that you're special. Richard was one of those people.

After almost 40 years, he still greeted me with a hug, a smile, and a twinkle in his eye. He always made me feel like part of his family, and I will truly miss him.

Until we meet again... goodbye old friend.

Added by Katharine Green

Wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice. I thought of you today but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and pictures in frames. Your memories are keepsakes from which I'll never part. God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart.
Added by Rita Bawden

The role of an uncle…To me…
Like a father~Full of guidance,love & support
Like a brother~Fun,playful & protective
Always on my side
Teaching me…Jogging,cooking,&games
Always done in stride
Indeed,a man who knew the value of family,
And demonstrated that value everyday
The love & lessons he taught
They will never be forgot
So thoughtful, never to miss a birthday
Or holiday with a card or a call to say,
“Hello, how are you” or just “I love you”
Those selfless acts will be missed most of all
I said “See ya tomorrow”
But tomorrow doesn’t come
Like an endless math problem
There is no sum
I thought it was a game
You told me you were done
It will never be the same
I am thankful for our fun
Your days have ended
As mine still go
Even though I hope and pray
Never again,to you,will I be able to say…
As I can still see the smile on your face
You mean the world to me
Fun times and memories will never erase
I’ll make you proud, you'll see
I love you My Dear Uncle

Added by Gia D'Errico