Joshua David Costa

Joshua David Costa, age 39, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday June 8, 2019 after a long battle with drug addiction. Josh had tried recovery many times throughout the years with the support of his family and friends.

            Born in New Bedford and raised in Mattapoisett, Josh attended Old Rochester Regional High School and UMass Dartmouth, earning a degree in Fine Arts. Josh worked some time as a graphic artist for various apparel printing companies, as well as designing the family restaurant logo. He had a love of photography, art and music that he enjoyed sharing with his sister. Josh had a strong compassion for all animals, the backyard birds, a love of penguins, and people in general, and enjoyed taking the time to bring soup from the restaurant to his elementary school principal before a snowstorm in Marion.

            Josh spent the last eight years working as the bartender and waiter at the family restaurant in which he helped design and paint. His patrons will miss his infectious smile, the twinkle in his eyes, quirky sense of humor and knowledge of random trivia. He was known for making “the best martinis” anywhere and took pride and care in each one made. Josh was good at making all the food sound so delicious, mostly because he loved food and would try everything.

            Joshua is survived by his mother and father, Marc and Carol Lareau, his sister Brittany Lareau, David Costa and his wife and children, his grandparents Alex and Louis Costa, grandmother Marcelle Lareau and many aunts and cousins. He is also survived by his restaurant family and friends including his brothers Trevor Francis, Corey Zaccari, little sister Samantha Francis, and his deeply loved best friend, Heather Souza.

            His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday June 13, 2019 at 9:30 am at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday June 12, 2019 from 4-8 pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Massachusetts Humane Society. For directions and guestbook, please visit

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