COSTA, FRANCIS J. “FRANK”, 85, of Gilcrest Drive, West Warwick, and formerly of Coventry, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Born in Westerly he was a son of the late Francis and Mary Elizabeth (Garcia) Costa.
Frank was a Draftsman for Brown & Sharpe for 32 years before retiring in 1995. He was previously employed by Electric Boat. In the twilight of his life, Frank, worked at TLC Rentals and Storage. Frank was a Corporal in the US Army serving in the Korean War from 1949 to 1952 before he was honorably discharged. He served in the Btry D 705th AA Gun Bn and was also a Heavy AAA Fire Control Mechanic and was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).
Frank was a Volunteer Firefighter in South Kingstown and he also volunteered on the South Kingstown Historic District Commission. He loved to camp, travel the Country in his RV, where he even fulfilled Marie’s dream of seeing the Grand Canyon. He also enjoyed several family cruises.
He was the father of Cynthia Harney and her husband Thomas Jr., of Peace Dale, Gail Goodness and her husband David of Enfield, NH, David Costa and his wife Lynn Ann of Winthrop, ME, Michael Costa and his wife Christine Hendrick of Richmond, the late Daniel Costa, and Maria Monti and her husband James of West Warwick. He was the grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 6. He was the longtime companion and friend of Marie Andrade for 23 years. He also leaves her children, Anthony Andrade and his wife Amiya, Ann-Marie Barone and her husband Mark, Joanne Spiers and her husband Bill, and David Andrade and his wife Debra, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was the brother of, Robert Costa of North Fork, CA, James Costa of Woodridge, IL, the late, Dorothy (Costa) Wilson and the late, Daniel Costa.
Visiting hours will be Saturday morning, March 31, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am followed by words of remembrance at 10:00 am in the IANNOTTI Funeral Home, 415 Washington St. (Rte.117) Coventry. Inurnment with Military Honors in the RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Operation Stand Down RI ( www.osdri.org ) will be appreciated. iannottifh.com