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Gary L. Costlow, Esq.

Costlow, Gary L., Esquire, age 71, Johnstown, died February 15, 2022.  He was born October 11, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA.  The son of the late Eugene and Bertha (Halliwell) Costlow.  Survived by loving wife of 37 years, Margaret (Esch) Costlow, daughters Sarah, Kelly, and Catherine Costlow, and honorary son, daughter and grandson, Garrett, Justine and Cooper Bowden; also survived by sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Joseph Chulick, sisters and brothers-in-law Sally Becker (Ken), Ruth Lytle (Michael), John Esch (Denise), Ray Esch (Beverly), Beth Esch (“Ken”), Jan Rishell (“Duke”) and many nieces and nephews.  Gary was a 1968 alumnus of Forest Hills High School, Brown University 1972, and Villanova Law School 1975. Upon returning to Johnstown, Gary practiced law alongside his mentor, Marlin B. Stephens. Gary was a member and former president of the Cambria County Bar Association; he was admitted to the Bar of the United State Supreme Court and he argued cases before the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  He was the solicitor for Richland Township, Richland Township Planning Commission, Cambria Township, Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center, and the Forest Hills Municipal Authority.  He was a former public defender and assistant district attorney, the former solicitor for Adams Township Zoning Authority, Adams Township Water Authority, and West Taylor Township.  Gary was a former member of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. He was an avid reader who loved creating and reciting limericks with his friends and enjoyed his many trips to Western Europe, where he roamed the museums and lectured to anyone who would listen. Gary liked reading by the pool, entertaining, and vacations with his family. He made friends everywhere he went – he may not remember your name, but he remembered your story. There are some who bring a light so bright to the world, that even after they are gone, it remains. His celebration of life will be held at a later date. Family is being served by Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. (Condolences may be posted to www.wharris funeralhome.com)


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Gary was a smart, interesting and friendly guy. Margaret and family, I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Frank J. Tooke Mar 1 2022 11:48 PM

Deepest sympathy to your family. My dad and fellow lawyer, Mike Walker thought highly of Gary. I recall Gary visiting Chautauqua for Bishop Spong lectures. Gary was quite a thinker. Cherish your memories.

Mary Walker Ugoletti Feb 21 2022 11:37 AM

I was deeply saddened to learn of Gary's passing. We graduated high school together. We even dated a few times! It was a great guy!! My deepest sympathies to his family! RIP Gary 😢

Dee (Marsalko) Minor Feb 21 2022 11:05 AM

I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I extend sincere sympathy to his wife and family. We were classmates all through junior and senior high school. First Adams Summerhill and into Forest Hills. He was always such a gentleman. I last saw Gary at our 50th class reunion. Rest in peace Gary you deserve it.

Rita Macy Plummer Feb 20 2022 10:17 PM

I sat beside Gary for 8 years at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center Board meetings. We had many lively conversations interspersed with laughs over dinner before the meetings. I will miss you, my friend.
Sincerest sympathies to Gary's family.
Carole Kakabar

Carole Kakabar Feb 20 2022 5:08 PM

I lived next to Gary when we were children. We walked down our road to the school bus each morning for years. We played in the barn, rode his horse, and had sword battles. I was always proud of his many successes. I extend sincere sympathy to his wife and family.

Mary Adams Feb 20 2022 5:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Costlow, Esq.

Stacy (Fretzel)Ahlborn and Patrick Mulcahy Feb 20 2022 4:36 PM

I was the Secretary at his church for several years. He and his family were always such kind and caring people. My sincerest sympathy to Margaret, his children, and family.

Stacey Christner Feb 19 2022 10:13 PM

Sending my sincere condolences and prayers.

Sandy Kiniry Feb 19 2022 9:34 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Margaret and the girls. We've known Gary since high school. He was always there when we needed him. Rest in peace our friend and may God bless and be with you.

Dave and Cheryl Kovalsky Feb 19 2022 1:29 PM

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