OBITUARY

Leo J. Costa

January 10, 1944May 1, 2019
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Leo J. Costa, a long-time resident of Bloomingburg, NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Middletown, NY at ORMC. He was 75. Leo was born to the late Leo G. Costa and Flo Costa nee Doucet. He was born January 10, 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Roslindale, MA until his family moved to Rockland County, NY in the 1960’s. Leo devotedly served the Suffern Police Department for 40 years and held various ranks including: patrolman, detective, detective sergeant, acting chief, and finally retiring as a lieutenant. He also proudly served on a task force for the DEA for several years. Throughout his life, he touched and helped countless people in his career and personally: colleagues, friends, family, and even acquaintances. Upon his passing, everyone has expressed how much they will miss Leo’s sense of humor, generosity, unselfishness, and big heart. Many have remarked, “There has never been, nor will there ever be another Leo Costa.” Nobody loved family more than Leo; not only did he adore the family he was born into, but Leo cherished the family he helped raise. Leo married Lillian Jean, a beautiful mother with seven children; together, Leo and Lilli had one more child. Not only was he never daunted by the number of kids he would help raise, but Leo loved all of them equally. While he always remained respectful of their biological father, he was hurt when someone would refer to them as his stepchildren. In addition to his eight children, Leo also helped raise two of his granddaughters alongside his youngest son. Leo was very proud of his Italian upbringing and his many talented family members in the music industry. Leo recorded versions of the recipes for the meals he loved growing up. He did this so they could be passed down for many generations to enjoy. Leo was predeceased by his wife, Lillian Jean Costa, three brothers: Gaetano (Guy), Stanley and John Costa and two sons: Kevin and Richard W. Walsh, as well as, great granddaughter, Brooke S. Piermont. Survivors include his beloved children: Sharon M. Palmer, Brian M. Walsh, Lauren J. Walsh, Dr. Carla L. Walsh, Christine D. Bressler and Lea G. Speake. Leo is also survived by his much-adored grandchildren: Camille, Tammy, Kevin, Kyle, Brian, Gina, Briana, Lindsay, Matthew, Cailyn, Cassidy, Zachary, Nicolas, Jason, Rachel, Grace, Lilli, and Leo, and three great grandchildren: Madi, Steven and Carly. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home in Suffern, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Suffern, NY.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Alan Balboni

May 22, 2019

Knew Leo well from time he was 12 until family moved to Rockland County. Great guy, great sense of humor , and also had quite a headlock.
Remember well pick up games of basketball with Carmen [ Carmine now] Fuccillo, Tom Griffin, Larry Abbruzzese, Joe Scally and Leo.

Jon Moote

May 10, 2019

I met Leo in my teenage years when he worked at the Monsey Grand Union with my brother . We became friends and shared alot of experiences and memories at Louies Inn, riding around in his 1958 Thunderbird , poolparties at his parents house and seeing him quite a bit in Suffern when he became a police man since my girl friend also lived in Suffern. I have known Leo over 50 years and have always felt comfortable and relaxed with Leo and will miss our visits together.

Sharon Wallace

May 6, 2019

I remember every time I went into Suffern Police Department from 1978 - 1984 and Leo would be there, he had a great smile on his face. He was always kind and caring. Thank you for putting up with me Leo, rest easy now. My heartfelt thoughts are with your family and friends.

Joanne Cioffi

May 6, 2019

Leo was always full of fun when he would come up to the office. We will remember him fondly!
Kathy, Lynne and Joanne
The girls from the Suffern Village Clerk's Office
Rest in Peace Leo!!!

Jamie Krutzel

May 5, 2019

Leo was not my biological uncle but I called him Uncle Leo anyways. He was kind, caring, and nice to be around. One of the fondest memories I have is being scared to go down a slide for the first time into his swimming pool. Uncle Leo was waiting at the bottom of the slide telling me not to be scared because he would catch me. I don't remember if he caught me or not but I know that I liked going down slides into pools after that. RIP Uncle Leo. You will be missed.

Lucy Motz

May 5, 2019

Leo was a wonderful man! So gentle, sweet and a friend to All !! RIP Leo !
My heartfelt condolences to Leo's family and friends.

Michael Nowicki

May 5, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Leo when he was a detective, and I was assigned to Suffern as an ADA. He was one of the finest men I ever knew, and was a great police officer. I will treasure my memories of him. My condolences to his family.

Lisa Mistretta

May 3, 2019

Leo was a wonderful man. It was beyond my pleasure taking care of him these past few weeks. He was always so kind to me. I will miss him and his beautiful family. Heaven gained a new angel.

Laurie Novak

May 3, 2019

Leo was a wonderful man and I was lucky to have met him a few times and enjoy his amazing cooking! He will be deeply missed by so many. My deepest condolences go out to all his loved ones. May he rest in peace.

Tammy Mathisen

May 3, 2019

Leo was a wonderful man.gransfather.He was thoughtful.and kind.i will always cherish memories that I have.Swimming at the pool.always lots of grandchildren. I will miss him.

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