Walter DeCosta

Date of Passing:

March 4, 2021

DeCosta, Walter, 91, of Willett Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on March 4, 2021. He was the beloved husband of Joan (Shaw) DeCosta.

Born in East Providence, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Costa) DeCosta, he was a longtime resident of East Providence.

Mr. DeCosta worked as a Millwright for the former Newman Crosby Steel Company for 37 years.

Walter was a member of the Narragansett Bay Power Squadron as a Jr. Navigator, the Massasoit Gun Club and the NRA. He enjoyed sailing on Narragansett Bay.

Mr. DeCosta was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict.

Besides his wife of sixty six years, he is survived by his son, Wayne Paul DeCosta and his wife Charlene of North Kingstown; a stepson, John R. Creighton of Riverside and three grandchildren, Ryan Paul DeCosta, Sarah Beth DeCosta and Elizabeth Jean Aguon. He was the brother of the late Hilda M. Francis.

His private family funeral service will be held in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.


Here I shall lie in wait – and anticipate –
my calling from on high.
For my time is spent – quite content –
as to how it has gone by.

Having attained neither wealth nor fame,
my life was directed to a different claim.
A few good friends – did participate,
best of whom, a god given woman, my help-mate.

One messenger – sent to the world – soul appeased,
a son – in whom I am well pleased.
I thank the lord for the learning experience,
and in sleep, shall await – his deliverance.

To all those whom I offended,
I’m sorry, and ask forgiveness,
and to all who gave me their time of day,
I thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Grieve not for me – in my transition,
for we shall meet again, in a future day,
the great- Resurrection.

Walt De

Online Condolences


  1. I never met the Man. However, I knew the fine woman whose heart he captured.
    That’s more than enough for me;
    May Walter continue to sail the Oceans of Heaven.
    Fair the well unknown friend of a mutual friend. Amen.

  2. Husband of my dear friend Joan Shaw DeCosta

  3. To my beloved husband, I miss you more than words can tell. I so look forward to our resurrection together, your loving Joanie

  4. Please accept our sincere condolence’s of Walters passing.
    He was a good man, always a gentlemen & a good friend to my Dad.
    May they both meet up again & are sailing in heaven.
    May God give you & your family the strength during this difficult time.
    Christine Legge Whitaker, Hank Whitaker

  5. Walter John and I will miss you so much this is not going to be easy saying our last goodbyes to you rest in paradise you sweet angel always and forever you will be in our hearts we will always love you xoxo

  6. I’ll always miss you Walter hope your dancing in the sky gone but never forgotten love you

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