Let the memory of John be with us forever.
  • 74 years old
  • Born on August 7, 1940 .
  • Passed away on June 7, 2015 .

The kind and gentle loving soul of John Rego Costa of Tiverton, RI, age 74, passed into our Lord’s care on June 7, 2015 after a fierce battle with cancer.  He leaves behind his adoring and loving family members; Joyce E. Costa of Tiverton, his wife of 45 years, a son Christopher J. Costa, his wife Jessica Costa, and a grandson Collin John Costa who he adored, each of Tiverton, RI, a brother Louis R. Costa of Melbourne, FL along with numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father John R. Costa and mother Doris Cabral Costa.

John was a mechanical engineer at the NUWC division of NAVSEA until his retirement in 2011.  He enjoyed working on cars, travelling, staying at inns, and spending time with family and friends.

John was a generous person and enriched many lives during his time on earth.  He will be missed, but never forgotten.  A memorial mass in John's honor will take place at a later date. Anyone interested in attending please email me at: joygr8@yahoo.com.


Posted by Jessica Costa on 7th August 2018
You are very missed. Collin asks about you all the time. He really misses his Paw paw. Even though he was very young you made a impact on his life forever. He always says I miss him but I will see him again in Heaven. Smart little boy. We all miss you and wish you were here. Always in our memories... love alaways
Posted by Jessica Costa on 7th August 2017
Happy Birthday Dad I say Dad because you have been just that and more. Opening your arm to me and welcoming me to your family. becoming your favorite until Collin came for you to adore. Keeping cars running and doing so much for Chris, Collin and me. You were the dad I never had. and thought of everyone in all that you do. of course thinking what you went thru makes me very sad. I'm glad that we had the few months to spend with you. so today I will honor you with salmon and a non alcoholic drink, and know your in a better place now you will be, I will think of you with a eye look and a wink I know your looking down and see. How much Collin is and hope he is much like you. God Bless Love you
Posted by Joyce Costa on 7th August 2017
Your third earth birthday without you. Revisited some wonderful memories we made together while in Maine yesterday.. It really never gets easier despite what people may say. It just becomes more realistic that you are not here with me. Miss you every day until we can be together again.
Posted by Pauline L Gendreau Gauthi... on 7th June 2017
Two years John...two years without the love of your life. Two years of missing and longing for you. RIP John.
Posted by Joyce Costa on 7th June 2017
2 years today and it seems like a lifetime without you. Miss you and love you more as each day passes. May God keep you in his loving care until we can be together again.
Posted by Joyce Costa on 7th August 2016
My dear John, missing you today on your earth birthday and every day since our Lord welcomed you into heaven. Loving you always and forever. Like · Reply · Just now
Posted by Marilyn Michaud on 11th June 2016
John was a caring loving man and we all miss him very much . He was liked by all who knew him and as part of my family I was blessed to have him in my life.Rest In peace my Brother in law God Bless
Posted by Father Finelli on 17th September 2015
My deepest sympathy at the loss of John. I will pray for his eternal rest and peace and for all of you in your time of sorrow.
Posted by Terrie O'Toole on 20th August 2015
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him for years. He was a true gentleman, grateful for everyone and everything. May he rest in God's peace. Prayers of love and healing to his family. "God only takes the 'good' ones...."
Posted by Bob Angeli on 17th August 2015
John, I'm so very sorry to hear of your passing. I learned quite a bit from you during my earlier years at NUWC/NUWC, and still benefit from that learned knowledge today. It's proved very helpful to me. I also very much appreciate how you helped me out in terms of lending tools to me, and driving over to my house to assist when I was in a jam with a car repair/modification. I so hope that you've find peace and happiness in the afterlife. Your friend - Bob Angeli
Posted by John & Sylvia Ventura on 13th August 2015
Joyce, so sorry to heard about John. Thank the Lord that he is at peace now. Stay strong Our prayers are with you. John & Sylvia
Posted by James Raposo Jr on 8th August 2015
Joyce, so sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your cousin Cathy
Posted by James Raposo Jr on 8th August 2015
Joyce, so sorry about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always remember John, I grew up with him.I will always be his his cousin little Jimmy. Jimmy and Frances
Posted by John Christo on 8th August 2015
Joyce: I am deeply saddened to read about John's death. I was one one the fortunate ones who spent a lot of time with John during our college years at Durfee Tech. I only have fond memories of John. He was truely a great friend.My prayers and deepest sympathy to you and your family. God Bless John & Kathy Christo
Posted by Lou Costa Jr And Sr on 7th August 2015
Deepest sympathies and healing energy from Florida. He was my Uncle and Godfather, but he was also one of the Costa twins and my Vovo raised a pair of outstanding men with caring hearts and souls.
Posted by Pauline L Gendreau Gauthi... on 7th August 2015
My dear friend I am so sorry to hear about your beloved husband. I know how much you loved him. Wish I could have been there to help you through those 5-6 months, even if it was just to hug you. Please let me know when you plan on a memorial mass. He is pain free now and watching over you. Love you my friend.
Posted by Charlotte Thomas on 7th August 2015
Joyce, Chris & family, Sympathy being sent from Aunt Claudette Dubreuil. Love from: Aunt Claudette Dubreuil
Posted by Charlotte Thomas on 7th August 2015
Joyce, Chris and family, So sorry to hear of John's passing. My sympathy to you all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. John, rest in peace. Love, Charlotte Costa Thomas
Posted by Barbara Croteau on 7th August 2015
Uncle John you will be so very missed by the Croteau family. We have some wonderful memories together. You will always be in our hearts. I personally will miss your bear hugs xoxo
Posted by Pat/Don Harling on 7th August 2015
We were saddened to hear about the loss of John - a good man who loved his family above all else. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten by any of you. We send our heartfelt sympathies to the family.
Posted by Mark Araujo on 7th August 2015
from araujo's family we all missed you.barbara enjoyed the snow crab legs.we will miss you.We know you will be in a better place.always be remembered & missed.
Posted by Marilyn Michaud on 7th August 2015
We All will miss you John .how ever you have left us all with a lot of memories and you will never be for gotten r.i.p. my dear brother-in-law Love you marilyn
Posted by Susan Martineau on 7th August 2015
Joyce and Chris - Jay and I were so sad to read of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Sue and Jay Martineau
Posted by Jayne Cambra on 6th August 2015
Uncle John. When ever you and Aunt Joyce visited, I always thought of you as having a warm smile and gentle eyes. I am truly going to miss you. The Lord has taken Home another Peaceful and Loving Soul from us. Jayne
Posted by Joyce Costa on 5th August 2015
An incredible husband, loving and generous father and paw paw, loved, admired and respected by many. No one can ever replace you, my love. Rest in our Lord's eternal love. I will look forward to joining you when our Lord sees fit and will always be thankful he brought you into my life.

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