John N. DeCosta, Jr., 58, of Mattapoisett died April 28th at Charlton Memorial Hospital.
He was the husband of Marianne (McGrath) DeCosta.
Born in New Bedford, son of the late John N. “Jackie” and Geraldine “Gerry” (Francis) DeCosta, he lived in Mattapoisett all of his life.
He was employed as a Park Supervisor for the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Mr. DeCosta continued a family tradition of service to the Town of Mattapoisett started by his grandparents and later by his father. He was one of the founding members of the town’s Community Preservation Committee, a member of the Capital Planning Committee and Open Space and Recreation Committee, served as a call firefighter for 17 years, worked for the water department for 15 years and was presently serving as selectman.
He enjoyed local and American history. Spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife; a son, John N. DeCosta, III of Mattapoisett; 2 sisters, Carolyn Lopes and her husband Clifton of Mattapoisett and Jacqueline Barrett and her husband Bruce Lemieux of Bath, ME; 3 grandchildren, Jacoby, Noah and Aubrey and their mother Sarah Kaempf; and several nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late William F. DeCosta.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 3rd at 9:30 am in St. Anthony’s Church. The family requests that the public meet directly at church. The church capacity is 100 guests. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 2nd from 1-6 pm in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church St. P.O. Box 535 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.
Please be advised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are strict guidelines that must be adhered to for the safety of everyone. You MUST wear a mask to be allowed entry to the services. Please practice social distancing and avoid any close contact. Guests will be permitted to pay their respects and depart to allow the next guests to enter. Capacity at the funeral home will be limited so there could be wait times outside the funeral home.