COSTA--William Albert, Sr., the former Commissioner of Public Works for New Rochelle, died Saturday at Montefiore Hospital in New York. He was 88. Costa, a civil engineer, was Commissioner of Public Works for New Rochelle from 1971 until his retirement in 1992. Born in the Bronx in 1925, he was a graduate of Dewitt Clinton High School, class of 1943, and Manhattan College, class of 1950. Costa served in the Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946, and was a squadron navigator on a B-29 bomber. He flew 22 missions over Japan, held the rank of First Lieutenant, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. Costa leaves his wife of 63 years, Lida (Draghi), and three children, Barbara and husband Eric Stange, of Arlington, MA; a son, Michael and wife Claudia of Armonk, NY; and William, Jr. of Medford, MA. In addition he leaves four grandchildren, Michael, Cristina, Alexander Stange and Mia Stange. A wake will be held at the George T. Davis Funeral Home, 14 Lecount Place, New Rochelle, on Tuesday, January 14, from 3-7pm. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 15, at 10am, followed by cremation at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army.
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 14, 2014