Wallingford - Pasquale J. Costa, MD, 91, departed this life Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, peacefully at his Ashlar Village home in Wallingford. He was the loving husband of Marjorie (Tapp) Costa for 68 years.
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He was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy on Jan. 19, 1922, a son of the late Nicodemus and Palma (Jiacco) Costa. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 3.
He was a captain having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He had attended Texas A&M University and Boston University prior to his studies at Yale University where he received an MD and a Ph.D. in pharmacology. Dr. Costa taught at various teaching hospitals before practicing internal medicine for forty years in Norwich. He was a founding member of the Pautipaug Country Club in Sprague. Pasquale was passionate about books, golf, the Red Sox and gardening.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Susan and her husband, Richard Ehrenkranz, of Hamden, Melissa and her husband, Alan Matarasso, of New York City, Paul Costa of Niantic, and Peter Costa and his wife, Kim, of Westbrook; his grandchildren, Thomas, Nicholas and Andrew Cohn, Caroline and Holden Costa, Dana and Emma Matarasso, and Peter James Costa; and brothers, Salvatore and Francis; and sisters, Teresa, Venice, Esther and Victoria.
He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Yvonne Costa; and his sister, Sophia.
A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Ashlar Village in Wallingford. It is suggested that contributions in his memory may be made to the Yale University School of Medicine, P.O. Box 2038, New Haven, CT 06521-2038, or the charity of oneâ€˜s choice.
The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford has been entrusted with the arrangements. To leave a message of remembrance, please visit www.BCBailey.com
Published in The Day on Feb. 22, 2013