The Obit For Tim Costello

Timothy J. Costello

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from April 7 to April 8, 2011

A wonderful man passed away suddenly and too soon April 4, 2011. Timothy J. Costello was born May 31, 1956 in Harrisburg, Pa. to Thomas and Doris Costello. Tim was a natural athlete with a special talent for pitching. Tim was drafted after high school graduation by the Atlanta Braves as a starting pitcher.

In 1975 he eloped with his high school sweetheart, Rebecca (Becky), and together they traveled in their Dodge cargo van, living and playing in S. Carolina, California, N. Carolina, and Florida. With 2.50 ERA Tim was chosen the Carolina League's Left Handed Pitcher of the Year in 1978. A shoulder injury cut Tim's career short in 1979.

Tim combined his love of cooking and talent for art in his next profession. Tim's favorite cuisine was Garde Manger where his artistic flair would shine, but his creativity shone brightest in market basket cooking. Tim would have made a superb Iron Chef.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Tim was chosen group leader and student speaker for his graduating class. Declining a fellowship, Tim worked for the Waldorf=Astoria and returned to Akron where he was Executive Chef at Hiram College. While there Tim returned to the CIA for continuing education and was recommended by Victor Gieliesse as a culinary design chef to Gate Gourmet. While at Gate Gourmet, Tim worked with Amtrak to develop menus for their Acela first class service and long distance trains. He was later hired by Amtrak as their Executive Chef and established Amtrak's Culinary Advisory Team. Tim worked with many renowned chefs, including Michel Richard, Tom Douglas, and Paul Bocuse. He left Amtrak in 2009 to return to his family in Akron where he became Executive Chef at the Schwebel Room in Kent, Ohio.

Tim was a great family man and loved to entertain; his family and friends were always well fed. He was a loving, humble, generous and intelligent man. He leaves his devoted wife and best friend, Becky; son, Patrick (Angela) and daughter, Kate (Shaun); grandson, Cole and granddaughter, Nova; mother, Doris; sisters, Suzanne and Sandee; and brother, Jeffrey.

Calling hours will be held Saturday April 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Donovan Funeral Home 17 Southwest Ave. (on the Historic Tallmadge Circle), with a party celebrating Tim's life immediately following at his home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.