Joseph DeCosta Jr.

October 10, 1933June 15, 2019

Joseph DeCosta, Jr., age 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Tiverton Saturday, June 15, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Born in Tiverton, RI and longtime resident. He was the son of the late Joseph Sr. and Mabel (Mello) DeCosta, and the husband of the late Mary (Cruz) DeCosta and father of the late Michael Joseph DeCosta.

A dairy farmer in his youth, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for over forty years, retiring from Aggregate Industries in the late 90s. A “Jack of all trades” he enjoyed building and gardening, and in his spare time he enjoyed camping and traveling with his family.

He is survived by three daughters, Linda Bettencourt of Barrington, Lorna Bienvenue of Derry, NH and Lori Marcelino and her husband Michael of Rehoboth; two sisters, Mabel Fleming and Marie Serba; six grandchildren, Kenneth Bettencourt, Courtney Monte, Todd DeCosta, Tara DeCosta, Jacob Marcelino and Jeremy Marcelino; two great grandchildren, Skylar Monte and Jackson Viveros; many nieces and nephews and his longtime companion, Barbara Medeiros.

His Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea followed by his burial in Greenwood Cemetery, Rehoboth. Visitation will be prior to his service from 9:00-10:30 AM. Contributions may be made in his honor to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904. For directions and tributes,


  • Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, June 19, 2019


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Denise Gendreau

June 18, 2019

I am very sorry for the loss of such a kind and wonderful man as Joe ! I had the pleasure of getting to know him at family gatherings which he was always with Barbara, smiling and enjoying life . RIP Joe and I'm sure he's smiling as always with our Angels in heaven 🙏❤️ Fondly; Denise Gendreau

Jeanne Racine

June 17, 2019

I have spent a lot of time over the years with the Medeiros/Bonoan Family at many gatherings. I always had nice conversations with Joe. He stole my heart very soon after we met. He was so complimentary, kind, sweet and had a great smile. He always had nice things to say about people and was just so pleasant to be around. I would usually find myself seated near him and having a few laughs (usually, about something Grandma said) Although, I haven’t seen Joe in awhile. I kept him in my prayers, and thoughts! May he Rest In Peace! My Deepest condolences to Barbara Medeiros and Joesph’s daughters and family and friends! He will be greatly missed!
Fondly, Jeanne Racine