NEW BEDFORD — David Francis Costa, age 81, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late and loving Barbara B. (Cordeiro) Costa with whom he shared 58 beautiful years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Manuel M. Costa, Jr. and Margaret L.(Hagele) Costa. Mr. Costa was a graduate of Dartmouth High School. He worked for the Costa Family Farm. He also worked at Alden Corrugated for 25 years. Lastly, he was the owner of the David Costa and Sons Landscaping Company until his retirement.

David wintered in Florida for over 20 years. He loved spending time with his family, enjoyed morning coffee with friends at Sunrise Bakery before visiting his son Marty’s office. David’s kindness, inspiration and friendship will be missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include a son: Marty D. Costa and his wife Joanne, a grandson, Jonathan Costa and his wife Mandy; a granddaughter Stephanie Costa; a great-grandchild, Nico Alexander Costa; a brother, Ralph Costa and his wife Rita all of South Dartmouth; and a niece, Sherry Francis.

Memorial Donations in his honor may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478,Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or call 1-800-227-2345.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 10AM at St. Mary Church, Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth, MA. Burial in the South Dartmouth Cemetery, Elm Street, Dartmouth. Arrangements are in the care of WARING – SULLIVAN at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth. For tributes and online registration: