HARRISBURG, Pa. — Philip A. Costabile, founder of laundry equipment distributor PAC Industries, died Sept. 27 at the age of 96, the company reports.
Costabile’s first job was with ACF and then on to AMP, where he worked directly under the founder and developed the PAC Die, which improved that company’s production of terminals, according to PAC Industries.
“His work on dies won him worldwide fame and he would tour Europe showing off his dies and processes,” the company says. After his time at AMP, Costabile went on to create PAC Industries, which he passed on to his sons after retirement.
The company describes Costabile as “the definition of an entrepreneur” and as “the epitome of ‘The Family Man.’” He was an original draftsman for Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, an avid golfer, loved to exercise, and served as a Eucharistic minister for 37 years, attending both Holy Name of Jesus in Harrisburg, Pa., and St. Gregory in Hilton Head, S.C., the company adds.
Costabile was preceded in death by his two sons, Philip F. Costabile and David J. Costabile.
Survivors include his wife, Angela; five children, Vincentina Taylor, Emelia Ann (Ginger) Seele, Rocco A. Costabile, Frank Costabile and Wayne Costabile; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. To leave an online condolence to the family, visit HetrickBitner.com.