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HENRY J. COSTELLO, FURNITURE STORE OWNER <br> APRIL 17, 1913 -- OCT. 17, 2004

Private services will be held Thursday for Henry J. Costello, founder of Robin Hill Furniture Co., who died Sunday. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Costello, 91, was born in Buffalo and lived in the city much of his life.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany as a sergeant until the end of the war.

Afterward, he went to work as a salesman for Maisel Furniture. He eventually was promoted to store manager. In the late 1960s, he founded Robin Hill Furniture along with his two sons, Henry and George. That store later grew into the Dinettes and More chain of furniture stores.

Mr. Costello was regarded as a true salesman, a gifted storyteller who loved to interact with customers, his family said.

He was past president of the Home Furnishings Association of Western New York.

He was considered an accomplished pinochle and poker player who competed among the best players locally of his time, his family said.

His wife, the former Josephine George, died in 1980.

Survivors include two sons, Henry M. of Buffalo and George J. of Clarence Center; two sisters, Gilda Hanson of Reseda, Calif., and Norma Price of St. George, Utah; and two grandchildren.

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