Anthony J. “Sonny” Costa

Anthony J. “Sonny” Costa, 86, of Fairhaven died January 31, 2013 at Sippican Healthcare Center after a brief illness.

He was the husband of the late Lorraine T. (Perry) Costa, and the son of the late Joseph M. & Mary J. (Secia) Costa.

Mr. Costa was born in Mattapoisett and lived in Fairhaven most of his life.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Fairhaven.

Mr. Costa was formerly employed by Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a corrections officer for Walpole for many years until his retirement. Prior to Walpole he had worked for local construction companies.

He served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Mr. Costa participated in the battles of the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe and was the recipient of the Bronze Star, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 166 in Fairhaven.

Survivors include a son, Walter D. Costa and his wife April of Middletown, R.I.; his companion, Anne Parker of Fairhaven; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Albert Costa, Edward Costa, Joseph Costa, Walter Costa and Manuel Costa.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10 AM in St. Joseph’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 1-5 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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