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Joseph Salvatore Costa

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 23, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 22 Comments

Suddenly on Friday, November 20, in the VA Medical Center, Joseph S. Costa, 86, beloved husband of Cecelia “Ceil” Costa, (nee Freda); devoted father of Richard (Mary) Costa of Montville, NJ, Joseph J. Costa (Susan) of Durham, NC and Karen (Bill) Ference of Marlborough, MA; fond grandfather of Christopher, Michael and Joanna; and brother of Peter Costa of Staten Island.

A native of Newark, NJ and most recently living on the Jersey shore in Barnegat, Joe and Ceil moved to Durham in the last year. Joe and Ceil met in their teen years and spent 63 wonderful years together. He spent his career as a police officer with the Newark Police Department, working at all levels of law enforcement, eventually joining the detective bureau. Joe proudly served his Country during the Korean Conflict in the Army Infantry, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Despite a military disability, he maintained a positive attitude and outlook on life. Joe Costa will be remembered for his strong character, devotion to his family, warmth, kindness and loyalty as a friend.

A Catholic funeral liturgy for family members will be held Friday in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Gifts in Joe’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, dav.org.

Condolences for the family of “Joseph Salvatore Costa”

Condolence from The Rozak Family on November 24th, 2015 11:36 am

So sorry to hear about your Father and Grandfather. You are in our thoughts.
Jeff, Susan, Jake, Ben and Andrew

Condolence from Relda Lockwood on November 24th, 2015 11:39 am

Dear Ceil and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
We know Joe is watching over us.

Ceil I think of you often, keep well and remember the wonderful times you
and Joe had together. You were fortunate to have him for 63 years.

Condolence from Elaine and Mike Griffin on November 24th, 2015 2:39 pm

We accept our deepest sympathy to all the family. The wonderful memories you have all to share is a gift. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care

Mike and Elaine Griffin

Condolence from Elaine Verrone on November 24th, 2015 3:43 pm

Karen, Bill, Michael and Joanna,
We are deeply saddened to learn of the news. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this most difficult time.
with love,
the Verrones

Condolence from The Fougeres on November 24th, 2015 4:26 pm

Karen & Bill,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Martha, Phil, Ji, & Jude

Condolence from Gail &Tom Richvalsky on November 24th, 2015 9:48 pm

We are so sorry to hear about Joe. We loved him very much. He was such a good friend and neighbor. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. We will pray for your family and keep you in our thoughts especially during this holiday season.

Love, Tom & Gail

Condolence from Lawrence Quirk on November 25th, 2015 8:08 am

Karen please accept my condolences to you and your family.
Lawrence Quirk

Condolence from Ann & Rich on November 25th, 2015 8:30 am


We were saddened to learn of Joe’s death. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending you our heartfelt sympathy.
To bury your husband is to bury a substantial part of your life — and that is a significant loss.

We’ll always remember Joe fondly and all the fun times we shared. Joe will be very missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire Costa family at this sad time.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Ann Marie &Rich Rynda

Condolence from Linda Sexton on November 25th, 2015 9:16 am

Rest in Peace, Uncle Joe, my Birthday Buddy.

Love you, Linda

Condolence from Joe&Diane Boinczan on November 25th, 2015 2:10 pm

We’re so sorry to hear about our good friend. Maybe this year the Rangers will win.

Condolence from Benny Abruzzo on November 25th, 2015 6:51 pm

So sorry to know of Joe’s passing. I worked with Joe in the Newark Police Narcotics squad. Joe was a man with integrity, loyalty and devotion. He was a cop who had your back. He was a man with “old school” values yet knew how to make the job fun. He was a mentor and a friend and will be greatly missed.
My sincere condolences,

Condolence from Bat Masterson on November 25th, 2015 7:44 pm

I’m sorry to hear about Joes passing. Joe and I started on the job together, working the First Precinct.

Joe was a great partner and always there when needed, he also had a great sense of humor.

Condolence from Sue and Wally Thibeau on November 25th, 2015 10:42 pm

Dear Karen,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Remember all the good times you shared.

Sue and Wally

Condolence from Janice Welsh on November 26th, 2015 5:30 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved husband and friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this time.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Janice Welsh

Condolence from Janice Welsh on November 26th, 2015 9:23 am

So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and good friend. My thoughts
and prayers are with you and your family.

My heartfelt condolences
Janice Welsh

Condolence from Bob Carvalho on November 27th, 2015 12:37 am

Dear Ceil,

This is the most difficult note I send to you concerning cousin Joey. You both will be in my prayers and I know the kids will get you through this difficult time. Cherish the beautiful memories that you shared. God bless you.

I love you
Cousin Bobby

Condolence from Patricia & Dean on November 27th, 2015 9:15 am

Aunt Ceil and all the family,

We are going to miss Uncle Joey so much. We are so thankful that you both came out here and we had the chance to spent time with him after all these years. He was the nicest, happiest man. We will miss miss dearly, but he will always be in our hearts.

Love and prayers to you all

Patricia & Dean

Condolence from Dear Costa Family on November 27th, 2015 11:09 am

To a wonderful family who were lucky enough to have Joe in their lives, and to us his friends who were lucky to have known him and shared many good times together. Memories are forever and will be treasured. Love to all Rosalie & Tony Silvia

Condolence from Christopher Grasso on November 28th, 2015 12:43 pm

Dear Celia

My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you during this most difficult time. He was a wonderful man, I’ll miss him dearly, Rest in peace Joe.

My heartfelt condolences,

Christopher Grasso

Condolence from Michele & Al Tolli and the boys, on November 29th, 2015 6:07 pm

Dear Aunt Ceil and Family,

We are truly saddened by the passing of Uncle Joe. I am glad I was able to see him and all of you when I visited in September. Having you and Uncle Joe as my Godparents are like having my own . Uncle Joe was a great man and a lot of fun to be around. I know he went straight to Heaven and and his parents were there to greet him with open arms. I know my Dad(Uncle Mikey as he would call him) and my Mom are giving him a big hug. My Dad loved him like a son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Niece Michele and Nephews Al, Matt & Alfie

Condolence from Joseph Costa on November 30th, 2015 12:29 pm

Dear Celia and family,
We were saddened hearing about Joe’s
Passing. We have all of you in our prayers.
Jim & Dorothy Sexton
(David’s parents)

Condolence from CONNIE AND PAT SORIANO on December 4th, 2015 5:12 pm


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