In Memory of William (Bill) J. Costello

William (Bill) Costello was introduced to skeet in 1984, by a friend. He found that Harrisburg Hunter’s And Anglers’ (HHA) and Carlisle Fish and Game (CF&G) had skeet fields. He joined both clubs.

Interesting facts you might not know about Bill:

He was instrumental in bringing about sporting clays to Carlisle Fish and Game setting up a small course on November 12, 1988.
Bill shot the 1989 Ducks Unlimited-Roué Du Roby (Canada). He won the sporting clays event with a 97, besting Andy Duffy by 3 birds. Bill brought back a beautiful Ducks Unlimited gun engraved with French on one side and English on the other.

Bill introduced and help set up several sporting clays courses such as Ellstonville on May 25, 1991, a course in West Virginia on June 14, 1991, a course at Jersey Shore, PA, and others.

Bill shot the Pro-Am tour (skeet) in 1994, shooting for Budweiser. It consisted of 10 shoots all across the USA. He had a wonderful time.
He set up and helped run the summer .410 league for several years at HHA. Always had a picnic at the end, usually steaks and corn on the cob.

Bill donated and installed the tile floor that is currently in the club house at CF&G. Bill completely renovated the skeet house at HHA in 2003.

Bill sold shooting glasses for Opti-Sport Inc in the early 1990’s.

He was a past president of the Central Penn Skeet Winter League.

Bill made the PA All-State Skeet Team several different times over the years.

One of the greatest joys was cooking for people. His mom owned a restaurant and Bill worked there a lot growing up. Over the years he cooked many meals for the Central Penn Skeet League at Harrisburg and Carlisle. He also cooked for the sporting clays banquet.

Bill supported and cooked meals for the Jim Thorpe Sports Days (US Senior Military Service War Colleges) and made prime rib for the Ducks Unlimited shoots at Cocalico Gun Club.

Bill received the PA State Skeet Championships President’s Award in 2011.

He received the “Distinguished Service Award” from Ducks Unlimited for outstanding contributions, on October 12, 2012.

Bill gave freely of his time and expertise to help new shooters to Skeet both young and old.

This is just a small smattering of Bill’s life.

Bill shot the hot chocolate Open on Sunday, November 6, 2022. By all accounts he had a good time. He got home around 5:00 PM, had super, then passed away in the early evening when his heart gave out. He will be missed.

You can read Bill’s complete obituary by visiting this web address at