Horace J. Costa, father of Father David A. Costa

TAUNTON, Mass. — Horace J. Costa, 85, of Taunton, passed away on Dec. 29, 2016, at Morton Hospital.  He was the husband of 58 years to Barbara (Ewald) Costa and the father of Father David A. Costa, pastor of St. Mary and Sacred Heart parishes in North Attleboro. 

Costa was born in Taunton, the eldest son of the late Manuel and Lucy (Neto) Costa.  He attended Bristol County Agricultural High School and then served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War.

He worked as a meat cutter and meat department manager for the former Fernandes Supermarket company at various locations across southeast Massachusetts and also owned and operated Costa’s Greenhouse in Taunton for more than 38  years.

Costa was a communicant of Annunciation of the Lord Parish in Taunton, where he served as a lector and an usher and as a former member of the parish council and as a member of the Sacred Heart School Board.  For his faithful service to the parish, Costa received the diocesan Marian Medal.  He was also a longtime and proud member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society serving on the parish level as treasurer, as president of the Taunton District, and as president of the Fall River Diocesan Vincentian conference. He also served in various leadership positions in the Northeast Regional district.

Costa was also a member and former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 82 of Taunton and served on the Board of Directors of Marian Manor, and as a member of the Registry of Voters committee in Taunton.  He also participated in the activities of the Democratic party in Taunton.

Survivors in addition to his wife and son, include his daughters, Catherine A. Prinzo, and her fiancé, Paul N. Karas of Taunton; and Lisa A. Costa of Taunton; two grandchildren: Brandon J. Prinzo and Karleigh L. Prinzo, both of Taunton; a sister, Evelyn Roessing of North Dighton; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Daniel, Edward, and Albert Costa, and the father-in-law of the late Joseph “Jay” Prinzo.

His funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. from the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Avenue in Taunton, followed by a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Annunciation of the Lord Church, 31 First Street in Taunton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery in Taunton. 

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, 350 Somerset Avenue in Taunton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Costa’s memory to: St. Mary-Sacred Heart School, 57 Richards Avenue, North Attleboro, Mass. 02760.

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