Raymond David Costa Was Retired Mechanic

Raymond David Costa, age 81, died Sunday, Nov. 23, in Santa Maria, Calif. He had lived in California since 1953.

A heavy duty mechanic for 30 years, he was expert at repairing the largest of road building equipment. During World War II, he served in the Fifth Air Force 2074 QM Truck Co. from 1943 to 1945, stationed in New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa.

He was born in Oak Bluffs on July 13, l922, the son of Manuel G. and Angelina Menese Costa. He was the last of his family, being predeceased by his seven brothers. His son, Calvin Anthony Costa, died in October 1994.

Mr. Costa is survived by his wife, Dorothy Perry Costa; his daughter, Rayna Costa Lamica; two sons, Joseph and John Costa, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. On Martha's Vineyard he leaves three nieces and their families.

He is remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and as a man ready to help friend and neighbor. He had a great sense of humor and was always willing to share a laugh.

He will be cremated and his ashes placed by the side of his first wife, Elsie Dias Costa, in Golden Gate National Cemetery, South San Francisco, Calif.