Adalberto Dave Acosta

February 5, 1948March 14, 2013
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Adalberto "Dave" Acosta, 65, of Palm Bay died Thursday at a local hospital. A native of Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, he decided to remain here in the area and make it his home while stationed at Patrick Air Force base thirty-three years ago. Following his twenty years of military service, he retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant and continued his career as a Software Engineer working for Harris Corporation. He was a graduate of Rollins College, very active in sports, particularly softball and racquetball, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was a Catholic.

Survivors include two sons: David of Melbourne, Dan of Palm Bay; daughter: Diana Acosta-Hosein of Orlando; brothers: German of Long Island, NY, Milton of Palm Bay; sister: Ana Padilla of Puerto Rico; five grandchildren: Michael, Megan, Marisa, Daniel, and Noel. He and his fiancée had planned to be married on Saturday, just two days after his death, and he also leaves her: Mary "Dannie" Phillips; and her daughters: Rhonda and Lisa; and grandchildren: Sierra, Sean, Zach, and Kelly.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (3/21) at 11:00 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Cremation will follow services and the Cremated Body will be entombed at Fountainhead Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial donations to Health First Foundation-Heart Center, Administrative Offices, 1350 S. Hickory St., Melbourne, FL 32901. (


  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 21, 2013

Adalberto Dave Acosta

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Dan Acosta

April 3, 2013

My dad, my hero... He had become one of my best friends since retiring... No one will miss him more than me... I love you dad!

Diana Acosta-Hosein

March 23, 2013

I love you Daddy.

james douglas

March 21, 2013

I am so very glad I was able to know Dave for over 10 years and will deeply miss him. He will be remembered in my heart forever. All my prayers to the family. James Douglas

Patsy Glisson

March 21, 2013

To the beloved family of Dave Acosta. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to all of you at this time of sadness. We are so sorry for your loss. Dave will surely be missed. He was a wonderful man to Dannie and all that knew him. Glisson, Sharpe and Herring Families. Palm Bay, Florida

Martyn, Holly, & Mykayla Pauwels

March 20, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was an honor to know Dave and be a part of this family for the last 20+ years. I am sure he is proud of his legacy in the sucess of his children as he definitely impacted their drive to succeed. We will miss him dearly, but his memory we will cherish forever.

Jack Keesing

March 19, 2013

With all the love and memories Wanda and I shared with him over some 27 years to the all of the Acosta family. We will always see him as we knew him with great wit and love for all. He was my great pal in life and by my side everywhere we traveled and the once-a-week games we played every week. He was a once-in-a-lifetime friend and will miss him greatly.

Jack & Wanda

Ray & Nellie Fuentes

March 19, 2013

We are deeply sorry for Dave's untimely departure and our thoughts and prayers go to all members of the Acosta family. Our families spent a significant part our lives together since we met in Omaha, Nebraska and later in Melbourne. We will forever cherish the great memories and great times we had together and will always remember Dave for the great person he was. May you rest in peace dear friend.

Mari Glennon

March 19, 2013

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. We are so very thankful to have been included in so many family gatherings (and play dates) where we had the honor and privilege to get to know Dave.

Mari Glennon and Joseph LiCausi

Georgia Thompson

March 19, 2013

Acosta Family,

I was so sorry to hear the news of Dave's passing

I have very fond memories of Dave: our lunch time playing racquetball and power walking at the Palm Bay Recreation Center. Well, actually, we mostly talked and laughed, which just enhances the memories.

My deepest sympathy.

Bill Parros

March 19, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss.

I look at these pictures of Dave and they are exactly as I have and will remember him; always smiling, always cheerful and easy going. A friend from what's now the good old days, I am sad that I won't get to see Dave again. I am better for having known him.