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James W. Costa

1935 - 2016 DALTON James W. Costa, 81, of Dalton, died peacefully Easter morning surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Ludlow, Massachusetts, and lived in Dalton for 53 years. Jim started his career with Crane & Company, Inc. in 1952 in the Rag Room, and In 1955, he became a Beater Room Helper. Jim moved to the Motor Shop in 1968 and later became Supervisor of the Motor Maintenance Team, servicing the Dalton mills. He retired in 1997. Jim lived a wonderful life. He was a very strong and kind man. Throughout his lifetime, he was loved and cherished by all his family and friends. Jim was the best friend anyone could ask for. Jim was an organizer for many retiree receptions, stags, and benefit dinners. He was a supporter and organizer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation raising funds to give ill children and their families vacation memories. Jim hosted many great parties in his backyard, pig roasts, and celebrations with family and friends. Definitely an avid New York Yankees fan, he enjoyed baseball the most. He enjoyed playing on Crane & Company's softball league as the pitcher and shortstop, as well as its bowling league. He also went on many golf trips and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. Jim visited his heritage country of Portugal and enjoyed many family vacations in New Jersey and Aruba. He enjoyed listening and dancing to country music and the oldies-but-goodies. He also enjoyed watching for deer and feeding the birds with twenty feeders in his backyard tree. Jim's house was his pride. He was gifted to be a handyman who could fix anything. He worked hard to make it a wonderful place to be. He loved his family more than life itself. He will be missed more than words can explain, but his memory will be carried on by all those whose lives he touched. He is pre-deceased by his mother and father, Manuel and Josephine Servl Costa, originally of Portugal, sisters Rose Luz, Mary DaSilva, and Victoria Luz, and two brothers, Horace Costa and Raymond Costa. Jim leaves here so to shine upon his beloved wife and childhood sweetheart of 60 years, Sandra C. Costa. They were married in April 1956 at St. Mary's Church in Pittsfield. Jim also shines on his two children, his loving daughter, Tina Marie Costa of Dalton, and his loving son, Ted W. Costa of New York, his sunshine granddaughter, Sandra Rose Davis and her boy friend, Ryan Ziemlak, both of Waltham. He leaves many nephews, nieces, and friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for James W. Costa will be held Friday morning, April 1, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., at St. Agnes Church, Main Street, Dalton, to which family and friends may come to pay their respects. There are no calling hours. Burial will be private in Ashuelot Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in care of the DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME, 890 East Main Street, Dalton.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 30, 2016
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