Doane Beal & Ames

729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA


James John Costas, Sr.

June 28, 1938December 21, 2019

James John Costas, Sr., age 81 of Dennis, formerly of Worcester died peacefully on Saturday December 21, 2019, surrounded with love by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Patricia Anne (Foster) Costas for 56 years.

In addition to his wife Patricia, Jim is predeceased by his brothers John and George Costas and his sister Helen Murphy. Loving father of Christine Costas-Morrissey and her husband James of South Burlington, VT. Stephanie Parker and her husband David of Dennis, MA and James J. Costas Jr. of Boston. A very loving grandfather to 7 grandchildren. Alexandria, Sheamus, and Demetri Morrissey, along with, Samantha, Sydney, Kimberley and Jonathan Parker. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends.

Jim was born and raised in Worcester, MA to the late John and Florence (Corey) Costas. He was a graduate of the High School of Commerce where he was an outstanding athlete. He was co-captain and star of the Commerce’s indoor and outdoor track teams and played varsity football. He achieved attention as a member of the National Boys’ Club record-breaking swimming team and won the National Boys’ Club 100-yard freestyle. Upon graduation he attended the University of Maryland where he majored in physical education and continued his outstanding athleticism as a swimmer and in 1960 won the ACC National championship with his team.

While attending college, Jim met his future wife Patricia. They settled in Worcester where Jim began working in the automotive industry with Harr Ford. In 1974 they moved to Burlington, VT where he owned the Burlington Lincoln & Mercury dealership. Jim was an expert in his field and after leaving Vermont he was involved in multiple dealerships across the East Coast.

Jim was a member of the National Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. He enjoyed tennis, golf, boating and the beach. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren during his retirement in Englewood, FL and on the Cape in Dennis.

An 11 a.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday January 4, 2020 at Our Lady of the Cape, 468 Stony Brook Rd., Brewster, MA 02631 with committal service at the Holy Trinity Columbarium in West Harwich, MA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, 2095 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631, www.alzheimerscapecod.org. For online condolences please visit www.doanebealamesdennis.com.


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, January 4, 2020


James John Costas, Sr.

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Dave Fleming

December 28, 2019

It is with tremendous sadness with Jims passing. We were classmates at the Un of Maryland, teammates on the swimming team and just good friends on Cape Cod for the last 35 years. I can't even count the number of vehicles I bought from Jim, I must have been one of his best customers. My sincere condolences to Jim's remaining family and my prayers are with you.

Sue Parker

December 26, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Stephinie, David and entire family.
Jim was one of my favorite people. Always a smile on his face
when he greeted you. You have given our family a treasure which we are very thankful for. Thank you Jim. R I P

Sean Nelson

December 25, 2019

Jimmy and Patsy treated me like a second son, many summers were spent with the Costas clan and so many great memories growing up, thank you and God speed Jimmy.. May you Rest In Peace now.

Douglas Armey

December 24, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to the entire family. I will always look back to my childhood with the fondest of memories, enjoying my sleepovers, and spending time with all the Costas’s. We are happy Uncle Jim and Auntie Patsy are together again but sad about the hole left in our hearts.