Richard N. Costik Sr.
Richard N. “Dick” Costik Sr., 84, of Londonderry Township, departed from this life in the midst of family and friends on Sunday, September 15. He was a little man with a big heart, and a lifetime of love just finally wore that heart out.
Dick’s story began on December 28, 1934 in Middletown, Pa., when he was born the youngest child to his immigrant parents, Helene and Michael Costik. He learned carpentry at his father’s knee and graduated from the Hershey Vocational School in 1953. Dick was a gifted carpenter and builder and put his talents to work during the construction of Harrisburg’s Archives Building and Three Mile Island. He went on to start a home building, remodeling, and cabinet making business, and, with his brother Ed, operated the Middletown slot car track located in the old Wincroft Stove Company building. His great love for the Susquehanna River eventually led to the establishment of Riverside 7Seas Marine in 1978.
Shortly after graduation, Dick met his lifelong sweetheart Martha Aurand and the pair wed in 1955. They brought six children into the world and moved to Londonderry Township, where Dick spent the remainder of his life working, raising kids, boating, swimming, and sailing on his beloved river, painting and reading.
Carrying on his fun-loving and friendly legacy are his wife of nearly 64 years, Martha; children Richard N. Costik Jr. (Barbara); Marce Graybill; Tim Costik; Steve Costik (Amy); and Brian Costik (Mary). Papou will always be in the hearts of his 13 grandchildren Megan, Daniel, Leanne, Nicholas, Lindsey, Stevie, Jordan, Katie, Brandon, Paige, Alex, Taylor and Kylie. Seven great-grandchildren brightened Dick’s final few years: Lucas, Nora, Simon, Niall, Finley, Parker and Maggie Mae.
Dick is also survived by his longtime son-in-law and daughter-in-law David Graybill and Candace Costik, his brother Ed’s wife Jeanne Costik, dozens of nieces and nephews, and many other assorted relatives and friends. He was pre-deceased by an infant son, John Michael, and his siblings Michael, Edward, Josephine, Stella, Mary, and Helen. Dick was a lifelong member of Seven Sorrows BVM Church in Middletown, attended
Elizabethtown College, and belonged to the Susquehanna Yacht Club.
Anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Dick can do so on Friday, September 27 at Seven Sorrows BVM Church. There will be time to visit and enjoy some of his favorite snacks from 11 am-12 pm, followed by Mass and a light lunch.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Dick’s name to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or the Londonderry Fire Company.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Matincheck Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown.