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OBITUARY

Fiore James DeCosty Jr.

January 25, 1944December 1, 2019
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Fiore ‘Fee” James DeCosty Jr. Fee was born January 25, 1944. Fee passed away on December 1st, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Education: Fee graduated from Rome Free Academy, he continued his education at St. Gregorys University in Shawnee, Ok. He received his bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tn, where he was on a baseball scholarship. Fee was an All-Conference player in the Ohio Valley Conference. Upon completion of his degree in Elementary Education, Fee taught in the Rome Public School System until his retirement. In addition to his teaching career, Fee was lovingly called ‘Coach DeCosty’ and coached in Rome for many years.

Fee’s career included coaching at many levels from freshman baseball and football to varsity baseball at Rome Catholic High School and Rome Free Academy. His teams have won many championships over the years at both Rome high schools. At RFA, the USA Today ranked one of his teams in the top 25 in the country. Fee also coached Lee Legion as well as assisted with Smith Post. Fee helped found the New York State Summer College Baseball League, where he coached the Rome Indians. He coached a select local Little League team in the Cooperstown Dreamers Program. He ended his baseball coaching career with Utica College. Fee participated in many youth baseball camps over the years in the Northeast, most notable were clinics at Franklin Field and Lemoyne College. He won numerous coaching awards and was an inducted member of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame.

Fee was a dedicated member of the Pancreatic Cancer Network. Fee was a proud member of the Core 6, who loved him like a brother and supported him throughout his battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was a very passionate NY Yankee and Giants fan, he adopted the Jaguars on his move to Jacksonville. Fee was an excellent family chef and enjoyed cooking for his friends and family.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Fiore J. DeCosty Sr and Josephine Cosimeno DeCosty and his sister Carmella Ruane. Mr. DeCosty is survived by his loving wife; Diane, his sons; Fiore III, Derek and Damon, his daughters; Christina Geiger(Len Geiger) and Carin Bova and his grandchildren; Sophia, Dylan, Ahna and Ava. Surviving siblings include his sister; Sister Carmella DeCosty and brother; Frank DeCosty Sr, 5 nephews and 1 niece.

Memorial Service is at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills, 850 St. John's Bluff Road N. Jacksonville, Fl 32225 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday December 9, 2019, mass will be at 7:00 pm Fee wished that final interment will be in Rome, NY, St Johns the Baptist Cemetery, date TBD.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 9, 2019

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Timothy Raymond

December 7, 2019

I had the privilege to play on Coach Decosty's football and baseball teams at RCH. As I reflect back, his impact on us was more than just on the athletic fields, I learned lessons that would be applied throughout my life ... how to work hard, how to compete, how to win, how to lose, how to be part of something, how to respect people and how to never to give up. He had these expectations of us all and you never wanted to disappoint him. I will forever be grateful for Coach Decosty. May he rest in peace.

Anthony Tosti

December 7, 2019

Dear Diane, Carmella, Frank, and your family,
We are so sorry to learn of of Fee's passing!
May he rest in the peace of God's kingdom forever!
My thoughts of Fee go back many years, from growing up together on 3rd St, playing ball in the school yard, to being thrilled to read about his athletic accomplishments over the years, and feeling so happy for your Mom whenever she shared good news about any of her "kids"!
Fee and I shared some good times together working on the golf course at TS for a few seasons... until he became ill. When he told me about his illness we promised to keep him in our prayers. Then he told me he was headed to a doctor in FL who was having successful treatments for his disease. We were so relieved to hear that Fee bravely had fought off this horrible disease and won yet another victory! The prize was many more precious years with you!! "Thank You, Lord Jesus! "
Linda and I want you to know you, your family, and close friends who are saddened by Fee's passing are all in our thoughts and prayers!
Let's remember that death too will pass when Jesus comes again! Try to imagine what God' Promise will be like when we're together again in His Kingdom!!
Blessings and Love,
Tony & Linda Tosti

Dave Sbaraglia

December 6, 2019

As the Executive Director of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and our entire Board of Directors, we offer our deepest sympathy to the entire DeCosty family on the passing of Fi.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, he will always be remembered as a great athlete, coach and mentor, and most importantly an incredible human being. May he rest in eternal peace.

Mark Bennett

December 5, 2019

On behalf of the children of Lew and Leah Bennett, we send our sympathies on the passing of a truly fine man. Fee was such a good friend when our father, Lew, was fighting his own battle with cancer. He honored our Dad by initiating the Lew Bennett Memorial Baseball tournament. That tournament has carried forward for the past 30 years and is a endearing reminder, for us, of the friendship between them. They loved baseball and they loved coaching. I would like to think they now have the chance to renew that friendship. May your memories, and the love of family and friends, comfort you through this difficult passage.

Tony Mariano

December 5, 2019

When I think about Fi, I remember his as one of the best athletes to ever come out of Rome. I remember his baseball clinics at Franklyn Field and and his friendship with Billy Vinci. He will be missed but never forgotten

Doug Arthur

December 5, 2019

I was fortunate to get to know Fee personally during his time with the Turningstone Resort Casino golf department. I'd played against Fee's teams during my time at RFA and with Smith Post but never really KNEW him. What a pleasure it was to finally get to do that. Fee was truly a gentle man, an outstanding athlete, coach and, more importantly, a great guy. My heart and prayers go out to all of the family. You know you'll see him again. Look forward to that glorious reunion.

Frank DeCosty

December 4, 2019

My uncle was a true inspiration to me and my children...he absolutely loved coming to St. Louis and sharing his life with all of us... I loved coming to Jacksonville sitting in the back yard listening to music smoking cigars and having cocktails talking about life...I will miss you uncle Fee.. my condolences to Diane and the entire family.. We love you Uncle Fee.. you’ll always be a part of us!

Mike Buresh

December 4, 2019

I first met Fi at "PurpleStride" in Jacksonville when the fundraiser was still being held at Jax Beach. I always enjoyed talking with Fi & found him to be remarkably positive. Action News Jax was lucky to have Fi agree to a story about his graceful battle with pancreatic cancer which aired on CBS & Fox & - in true Fi form - inspired many with his upbeat, enthusiastic & positive yet pragmatic approach to the disease. Sincere condolences to all of Fi's family & friends.

Joe Peluso

December 4, 2019

I remember Fi playing second base for the San Carlo softball team that played to large crowds at Haselton Park. Fi and his best friend Billy Vinci would turn a double play with style and ease. Personally, Fi helped me to learn and enjoy the game of baseball while I attended his summer baseball clinics at Franklyn's Field. He was such a great influence on the youth in Rome. Always positive and upbeat about everything. My God be with the DeCosty Family as they get through this difficult time. Fi- Rest in Peace my friend and keep turning that double play with Billy.

Joe Peluso
Lee Center, N.Y.

Kevin Burns

December 4, 2019

Where do I begin. I loved the man and his passion as I watched him coaching Terry and Bobby and cldnt wait to play for him. He was more than a coach to me as I'm sure he was to many others . God put him in my life to calm the turbulent waters that surrounded me right when I needed it the most. I have so many memories to cherish with him but one of the best was when he brought me to Cooperstown for whitey Ford and Mickey Mantles Hall of Fame ceremonies because one of the boys was sick and cldnt make the trip. Still gives me tingles and brings a tear to my eye. And when he knew I wouldn't play for Smith Post because of how they did my Brother, he knew I had to play Legion Baseball and together with the help of the town of Lee and a whole lot of people , we started Lee Legion baseball. And the rest as they say, is history. Thank you Fi and say hi to "my boys " for me.

Biography

Fiore ‘Fee” James DeCosty Jr.
Fee was born January 25, 1944. Fee passed away on December 1st, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Education: Fee graduated from Rome Free Academy, he continued his education at St. Gregorys University in Shawnee, Ok. He received his bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tn, where he was on a baseball scholarship. Fee was an All-Conference player in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Upon completion of his degree in Elementary Education, Fee taught in the Rome Public School System until his retirement.
In addition to his teaching career, Fee was lovingly called ‘Coach DeCosty’ and coached in Rome for many years.

Fee’s career included coaching at many levels from freshman baseball and football to varsity baseball at Rome Catholic High School and Rome Free Academy. His teams have won many championships over the years at both Rome high schools. At RFA, the USA Today ranked one of his teams in the top 25 in the country.
Fee also coached Lee Legion as well as assisted with Smith Post. Fee helped found the New York State Summer College Baseball League, where he coached the Rome Indians. He coached a select local Little League team in the Cooperstown Dreamers Program. He ended his baseball coaching career with Utica College. Fee participated in many youth baseball camps over the years in the Northeast, most notable were clinics at Franklin Field and Lemoyne College. He won numerous coaching awards and was an inducted member of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame.

Fee was a dedicated member of the Pancreatic Cancer Network. Fee was a proud member of the Core 6, who loved him like a brother and supported him throughout his battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was a very passionate NY Yankee and Giants fan, he adopted the Jaguars on his move to Jacksonville. Fee was an excellent family chef and enjoyed cooking for his friends and family.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Fiore J. DeCosty Sr and Josephine Cosimeno DeCosty and his sister Carmella Ruane.
Mr. DeCosty is survived by his loving wife; Diane, his sons; Fiore III, Derek and Damon, his daughters; Christina Geiger(Len Geiger) and Carin Bova and his grandchildren; Sophia, Dylan, Ahna and Ava. Surviving siblings include his sister; Sister Carmella DeCosty and brother; Frank DeCosty Sr, 5 nephews and 1 niece.

Memorial Service is at Hardage-Giddens Chapel Hills, 850 St. John's Bluff Road N. Jacksonville, Fl 32225
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday December 9, 2019, mass will be at 7:00 pm
Fee wished that final interment will be in Rome, NY, St Johns the Baptist Cemetery, date TBD.