Sergeant Howard T.


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Gloucester - Sergeant. Howard T. “Ted” Costa Jr., 76, Retired Gloucester Police Officer, passed away on Wednesday evening, February 6, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House following many years of battling numerous ailments. He was the husband of Carole I. (Morash) Costa.
Born in Gloucester on July 9, 1942, he was the son of the late Howard and M. Phyllis (Brown) Costa.
Ted was a graduate of Gloucester High School with the Class of 1961. He then served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Paul Revere during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge he briefly worked for Babco Industries as a machinist in Danvers.
Ted was appointed a Reserve Patrolman on the Gloucester Police Department in 1970, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1992 until his retirement in 1996. While on the Police Department he furthered his education attending North Shore Community College and Springfield College where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. During his career, Ted took great pride in becoming the City of Gloucester’s first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Officer and went on to become President of the D.A.R.E. Officer’s Association always seeking to help the youth of his city. Ted also served in the capacity of Harbor Master and Head of the City of Gloucester Traffic Commission.
Very devout in his faith, Ted was a lifelong communicant of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church where he was a longtime member of the Holy Name Society, Eucharistic Minister and former Crowning Emporator.
Following his retirement Ted worked for many years as a Funeral Assistant for the Greely Funeral Home. He was a lifelong member of the Massachusetts Police Association, Gloucester Lodge of Elks, Manchester American Legion and Rockport Golf Club.
Ted possessed a great sense of humor and easily made friends with all he came in contact with. Throughout his life, he met all challenges often with a joke and a smile. His presence will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
In addition to his wife Carole, Ted is survived by his sons, Howard “Ted” Costa III and wife Janice; Scott Costa and wife Erika; grandchildren Brittany and Aaron Costa of Falmouth, Maine, Jenna Costa, Sophia Costa, both of Gloucester; and Marlin Welcome of Gloucester; his sister Pamela Marr and husband former Gloucester Chief of Police James Marr, Sr.; niece Kimberly Marr Foster and husband Colin; nephew James Marr, Jr. and companion Sarah Harwood; and nephew, Timothy Costa.
He was predeceased by his brother, Timothy Costa.
His funeral mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage on Monday, February 11th at 11 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester.
The burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Gloucester Fund – FLAGS, 45 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, or
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Published on February 8, 2019
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Fred Rose
Feb 22, 2019
Teddy, was a shipmate of mine on the USS Paul Revere APA-248 I enjoyed my time with him very much.
Patricia White
Feb 11, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I was a divorced Mom living on Harold Court with my Son and the Costa's were always good neighbors and always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.
Feb 10, 2019
You were the first cop I looked uped to. I wanted to be just like you when I was young. You were my idol.
Joseph Virgilio and Barbara Virgilio
Feb 10, 2019
So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. He was a good man and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP Sgt.Costa.
Nancy Power Parsons
Feb 09, 2019
Pam and Jim,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your brother. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Solange Baumann
Feb 09, 2019
There are no suitable words to praise and honor Ted, for he was far better than words can express. His kindness, sense of duty, warm smiles, deep care for friends and people of his City, twinkling humor and courage, will never fade and forever light the lives of those who knew him and the History of his City. Rest well, my friend, with our thanks and enduring love.
Marie G Murray
Feb 09, 2019
Carly our condolences. We really don't know what to say, but he sure was a very special man, who faced every obstacle with a smile and joke. Dan and I will miss you both at our usual visit at AGH. God rest his soul, he went through a lot.
Moss @ Tracy Burke
Feb 08, 2019
Paul & Cheryl Bertolino
Feb 08, 2019
Our condolences to the family of Teddy, Jim and Pam Marr. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Teddy was such a nice man, always there to lend a helping hand. He will be missed by all.
robert beaudette
Feb 08, 2019
Teddy was the best. please accept my most sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one.
Bill Squillace
Feb 08, 2019
Gloucester has truly lost one of its finest. My deepest sympathy to you Carole, Pam, Ted, and your families. So many of us share your loss. Teddy was a good man and friend to so many. I regret that I can not attend his services. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Feb 07, 2019