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Albany - John Salvatore Costa of Loudonville born on December 22, 1927 in Cardinale, Catanzaro, Italy to the late Carmela Apa and the late Giuseppe Costa passed away peacefully on Friday January 25, 2019 in Colonie at the age of 91 with family by his side. He was predeceased by his older sister Elisa Patella and brother Bruno Costa.
At the age of 24, John migrated to Toronto, Canada where he worked several years as a barber and textile worker. In 1955, he wed the love of his life Catherine “Kay” (DeFazio) Costa of Troy and relocated to Troy in 1957. They were married for 49 years before Kay’s passing in 2004.
John worked as a dedicated master carpenter and superintendent of grounds for 35 years for Russell Sage College. He was a longtime SEIU union member and local treasurer until retiring in 1992. John was admired and respected by all who knew him for his unmatched work ethic and his easy -going personality.
John was an avid member and long- time supporter of the Italian Community Center in South Troy, N.Y. where he was seen playing bocce and volunteering at bingo and various events. Other hobbies included remodeling, woodworking and Brindisi (Italian toasting song). He enjoyed spending as much time with his family at his summer home that he built on Taconic Lake in Grafton, New York.
He will be remembered and admired by his unwavering love and devotion to his family. He impacted so many people in a wonderful way.
He is survived by his sister Stella Cristello, brothers Sebastian Costa and Sam Costa of Toronto, Canada. Loving dad of four children, son, Joe Costa (Loraine)of Old Saybrook, CT., three daughters Christina Daley of Loudonville, Carol Mull (Rich) of East Greenbush, Joann Johnson (Frank) of Naugatuck, CT; eight grandchildren; Casey and Katie Costa, John, Jeff and Christian Daley, Katelyn Mull, Matthew and Eric Johnson. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews of Canada and U.S.A.
The family will like to thank the dedicated and compassionate doctors of Dr. Daniel Esper,
Dr. Anthony Cagino, Landmark, Peregrine Living and their staff.
Friends and family can pay their respects on Friday, February 1st from 4:00-7:00 pm at McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home 8 109th Street, Troy, New York, 12182. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 2nd at St.Pius X Church, 23 Crumite Rd. Loudonville, NY 12211 officiated by Father Walsh, Burial will be at St. Mary’s cemetery in Troy, N.Y. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.
Sentite condoglianze a tutta la famiglia, Anna e Vincenzo Iozzo Chiaravalle Centrale Cz
VINCENZO IOZZO Feb 5 2019 12:00 AM
Our Deepest Sympathies. God Bless Your Soul Uncle John. Rest In Peace. Love Always, Nephew Robert Cristello & Family (Caterina, Samuel & Gabriel)
Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM
Out Thoughts and Prayers are with the Costa family. Mr. Costa's kind and gentle way, welcoming smile and love of family and friends can never be replaced. e was a special man. With much love, Sally and Bob Mull
Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM
Im very sorry for your loss. I hope you all can lean on each others support, and also the comfort that God gives. -Rev 21:4 Le mie sincere condoglianze.
Dee Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM
We are sorry to hear of the passing of John. Our heart felt condolences go out to the Costa family.God bless and may John rest in peace.
The Renda Family - Francesco, Nick & Sal Jan 30 2019 12:00 AM
My zio John was a pioneer for his family. He paved the way for his brothers and sisters to follow him in the long journey from Italy to North America. He supported his family to make this transition as seamless and manageable as possible. As a child, I remember hearing stories about his vigorous work ethic, his perseverance and his unrelenting strength. The immigrant heart and spirit is a unique one. My zio was greatly loved and respected by all who knew him. May he rest in peace and may his spirit remind us to aspire to do and be better!!Our condolences to my aunts and uncles and all of our cousins.
Frank and Genta Costa Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM
Your Father was a beautiful man we remember his kind and loving spirit. We had great times together with our family- God Bless his soul and he is in peace with the lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our sincere condolences to all of you! Love, The DeGiorgio Family- Pat, Sabby, John, Mary Jane, Lisa
Mary Jane DeGiorgio Jan 29 2019 12:00 AM