Antonio "Tony" Costa
1946 - 2021

Antonio (Tony) Costa

1946 - 2021

Antonio (Tony) Costa passed away suddenly at his home on March 12, 2021, he was 75. Tony was born on January 30, 1946 in Brisbane, Australia. In 1946 when Tony was four months old his mother Violet and sister Margaret moved to Palmer Massachusetts to live with his grandparents Sarah and Anthony Costa while his father Ernest was stationed on a submarine in Panama. The family lived in many places including, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Hawaii and Vallejo California.

Tony played baseball at the age of seven, played on the all stars little league team in Hawaii and went on to Williamsport Pennsylvania to play in the Little League World series. After returning back to California in junior high school, and he graduated from Hogan High. After graduating Tony went on to attend California Poly Tech University (Cal Poly) with a degree in Environmental Engineering. During this time he met Lynda Marco from Napa California, and married her soon after college. Tony and Lynda soon purchased their first home in Napa where their daughter Jennifer was born.

His love for baseball never ended. He became a coach. The highlight of his coaching career came in 1987 when he and fellow coaches, Jerry Aaron, Andy Dowdle, and Todd Maday took their Napa Yankees team to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and then traveled to Syracuse University to compete in the Junior Olympics where they won the gold medal-the first and only in Napa's history.

In Tony's spare time he enjoyed taking road trips with his wife Lynda, fishing trips with his friends, spending time on lake Shasta in luxury house boats, "OML" Old Mans Lunch with his buddies twice a month and spending every minute he could with his fur friend Gabby.

In 1972 he became a licensed mechanical engineer and Incorporated Costa Engineers in 1980. With over 40 years of experience, highly regarded for his knowledge in the design of energy efficient mechanical systems, which have earned clients and owners thousands of dollars in energy savings rebates. He has provided HVAC and plumbing engineering and design services in a wide variety of settings, including new and retrofit projects for commercial, governmental, medical, and institutional clients. His experience is immeasurable and includes more than 300 schools in the Northern California area, as well as a significant number of county facilities, medical facilities, commercial office buildings, restaurants, retail facilities, and wineries. Tony was invited to be a speaker at the 2007 annual ASHRAE conference in Long Beach, where he provided a presentation entitled, "Reducing Peak kW Demand at a California Campus". He has published two articles in the ASHRAE Journal and is also a member of the ASHRAE Technical Committee TC-51 (Evaporative Cooling). Tony became an ASHRAE "Fellow" in 2015.Tony retired in 2016.

Tony was preceded in death by his wife Lynda, Mother Violet Costa, father Ernest Costa, Tom Marco, (father-in-law), Kay Marco (mother-in-law), Pat Houston, (brother-in-law) and is survived by Jennifer Costa (daughter), Margaret Houston-Wright, sister (Les Wright, brother-in law), Jerry Marco, (brother-in law), Tom Marco, (brother-in-law), (Maryanne) along with several nieces and nephews Peggie Aaron, " Forever Friend" remembers, "Tony, you were a brother to Jerry. He was able to laugh and cry with you.

He has been waiting for you to catch up with him for those games of summer in that diamond in the sky.

We are so grateful for your love and loyalty over these many years. A golden friend forever, and You will be missed."

"And on behalf of your two coaches, Andy Dowell and Todd Maday and that amazing Yankee Team, the National Jr. Olympic Gold medal champs, and all their parents and the sports writers, Jack Bungart and Marty James, We love you Coach. Thanks for the memories.

"Tony Costa was a wonderful friend, loved him very much. He and Lynda made me a part of their life for over 50 years and I will always cherish those memories. They will remain in my heart. I take solace knowing that he is with the love of his life and they are once again together." Karen Ames

Loved by everyone who knew him, Tony will be dearly missed by all, especially his family.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to "Queen of the Valley Foundation" in the name of Tony and or Lynda Costa. 1000 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558

The graveside service is at 1:30 on Wednesday, May 26th at Tulocay Cemetery. The celebration of life for Tony and Lynda will be announced at the graveside service.

Published by Napa Valley Register on May 16, 2021.
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Tony was one of the first engineers I worked with when starting my career. Tony was an extremely kind man and dedicated professional. He brought a common sense element to the science of his profession that opened my eyes early in my career. Peace my friend.
Mike Renovich
May 21, 2021
Tony and I worked together on many, many school construction projects in California. We understood each other because we were both "Old School". Our common Italian heritage and love of baseball didn´t hurt either. I was always impressed by his innovative engineering. He was way out in front when it came to mechanical engineering. As we aged we comforted each other with old stories and opinions as to the sad state of California. Our time has come and gone. Tony Costa enriched my life and I will sincerely miss him.
Dan Rossetto
May 20, 2021
My brother, Tony, was an exceptional man. Brilliant, kind, loving and always a giver to all who needed him. I feel blessed to have spent the last day with him. Little did I ever dream when I walked in the house to sit and visit with him(as we did so many many times) that god would choose to have him join Lynda, our mother and father that very day! I absolutely adored him. I was in Australia the evening he was born and I was with him the day he left us. What a blessing to have. I´m heartbroken; but as I think of you, I somehow get strength. You taught me so very much about everything. From knowing where the best places to fish were to how jet propulsion worked! God knows that I didn´t understand a word; but just having you explain it to me was worth everything. I will miss you forever and a day. Your smile, your infectious laugh and your kind heart. I will remain always, your loving big sister, margaret
Margaret houston wright
May 18, 2021
Tony is truly one-of-a-kind. As a young sales engineer, I marveled at his unique ability to have deeply technical discussions yet stay grounded in reality, practicality and humor. I learned a ton from Tony and his team of professionals at Costa (particularly Chris and later Mat) as I came up in the local HVAC community and I will forever be grateful. Tony was a primary influencer for me to get involved in the Redwood Empire ASHRAE section, which I feel has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my professional career. I will always remember the first meeting I attended and his motivationally-worded plea for me to join the board. The time I have spent with the North Bay HVAC and construction communities shaped my life and there was no better role model to look up to than Tony. I think about him and his wisdom often and know that Costa Engineers is in excellent hands with Chris, Mat and the team that trained under Tony's tutelage. It is awesome to see his legacy continue through to the next generation(s). From our Italian family to Tony and Lynda's, please accept our condolences and fond remembrances. You will be missed.
Adrian Giovenco
May 18, 2021
Goodbye Tony.You were a warm and loving man. It was a pleasure knowing you. Your sister Margaret loved you beyond measure as did your other family members.
Carol Jewett-Baer
May 18, 2021
There are few words to express the deep pain and sorrow of losing Tony. The world lost a wonderful man and will never be the same without him. He was like nobody else on this earth and his loss is felt immensely. It was a privilege to know and love Tony and he will remain forever in my heart. I can only find solace in knowing that he is with his beautiful wife, Lynda, who also touched my heart and soul in a way that nobody could imagine. I am sending my sympathy, and from an old Eskimo proverb... "Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."
Diana Kalogerou
May 17, 2021
Rest In Peace, My Friend
John Arntz
May 17, 2021
Bless you Tony. You were a great engineer.
Geoff DuBois
May 17, 2021
Dear Jenny, Costa family & Costa Engineers team, Please accept my condolences & sympathy with Tony's transition. I always enjoyed my office visits with Tony (once Gabby cleared me to enter) & I was always grateful if I was able to chat with Lynda on my way out the door as they made such a beautiful couple. It was really fun & educational to sit aside of Tony at our industry ASHRAE dinners. He was well respected in our industry for his designs as well as his fortitude to "hold the specification" for the protection of his client's value as well as to ensure the proper system operation. We know he will continue to offer guidance as an Angel with Blessings & Humor.
Greg Schnable
May 17, 2021
I am missing a great and good man. Blessings to all his family and friends.
Jon Stong
May 17, 2021
Tony, You are already missed more than you could imagine. You touched so many lives and ALWAYS in a positive way. I know you will be celebrated whenever your name is spoken. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship and loyalty for so many years. Too many memories to post here, but I will work on a memory book for your memorial. We used to have so much fun trying to remember all the Yogi Berra expressions: One comes to mind. "Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets." You kept many a parents off the streets while you spent countless hours devoting your time to coaching. You will be forever loved by your tribe.
Peggy Aaron
May 17, 2021
Jennifer, I am so sorry for your loss. You were tightest of the tight with your wonderful parents. The apple of your dad's eye for sure. Sending you condolences. It must be somewhat comforting to you he's with Lynda again.
Julie Capito
May 17, 2021
My love and deepest condolences to Tony´s family and many friends and loved ones. May this warm, smart, funny, caring, talented, wonderful man rest in peace. My time with the Napa Yankees is one of the great highlights of my professional and personal life. What a joyous time.
Jack Bungart
May 16, 2021
Jennifer and loved ones, God bless you all in your loss. I remember Tony from Hogan.
Olie Conklin Chavez
May 16, 2021
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