Date of Passing:
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.