Island Cremations & Funeral Home ~ Merritt Island, Florida ~ 321-454-3331



August 7, 1940 - September 7, 2019

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 13 at Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne, Florida at 11 am with a viewing in the chapel at 10 am.

Louis Rego Costa, Sr., age 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Melbourne, Florida on September 7, 2019 after a prolonged illness.  Lou Sr. was a beloved Father and amazing Dad and is survived by his daughter, Irene Costa and her sons, Thomas and James, his son, Lou Costa Jr. and his wife Jennifer and stepdaughter Jackie and his son Jonathan and his wife Kim and their sons Thomas and Michael and daughter Kaitlyn and his granddaughter Grace Costa and great grandson Marcus.  He was also loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, John Rego Costa and mother Dorothy Cabral Costa and his son, John Rego Costa and identical twin brother, also named John Rego Costa.  He loved dogs and will have many canine companions waiting for him at the Rainbow Bridge.
Lou Sr. was a man of faith who will be warmly welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven.  He was a simple man of simple pleasures who enjoyed riding his motorcycle, walking his dogs and working on cars.  He recently retired after over 50 years as an ASE certified Master Mechanic for Goodyear Automotive and retired from the Vero Beach store.  His dedication to Goodyear earned him a flight on the Goodyear Blimp with his son, Lou Jr. and they each got to pilot the legendary airship.  He was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts and lived in the town of Somerset, Mass and worked at Goodyear in Taunton and North Dartmouth Mass before moving to Melbourne, Florida in 1996 because he did not enjoy the cold New England winters.
His health began declining at the beginning of this year with frequent hospital visits and his only wish during each visit was to return to the home he loved.  His son, Lou Jr and ex-wife of 49 years, Gloria Kirkman cared for him in home hospice so he could spend his final weeks surrounded by loved ones as he prepared for his final journey.