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In Memory of

Jose Lima Costa

April 4, 1926 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


Jose Lima Costa was born in the town of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, on April 9, 1926, to Manuel Jose da Costa and Aurora Alves Lima. He had six brothers and one sister. He came to the United States after several years in the Portuguese merchant marines by jumping ship in Galveston, Texas, in 1949. Because he had an aunt living in San Diego, he came here and lived with her in the Little Italy area. It was there that he met Mary Doris Andrade, and they were married ten years later, in St. Patrick's...

Jose Lima Costa was born in the town of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, on April 9, 1926, to Manuel Jose da Costa and Aurora Alves Lima. He had six brothers and one sister. He came to the United States after several years in the Portuguese merchant marines by jumping ship in Galveston, Texas, in 1949. Because he had an aunt living in San Diego, he came here and lived with her in the Little Italy area. It was there that he met Mary Doris Andrade, and they were married ten years later, in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in North Park, where they settled. They had two sons: Joe, born in October 1959, and John, 15 months later.
Mr. Costa worked as a commercial tuna fisherman during the 1950s, through the early 1970s, and also, during much of that time, as a housepainter. But he was always closely involved with the painting and maintenance of tuna boats. He became Fleet Maintenance Supervisor for the Castle-Cooke Corporation in the early 1970s, and stayed at that job until his retirement in 1989. He also built some rental units in the North Park area. When the four apartments were destroyed in the September 1978 crash of PSA Flight 182, he rebuilt them and was able to acquire two more. Until a few years ago, he loved working very hard to keep his apartments a beautiful part of the North Park neighborhood.
In his spare time, Mr. Costa enjoyed watching the Chargers and Padres. He also followed the soccer games televised from Portugal, and cheered for his favorite teams, Lisbon's Benfica, and the squad of his hometown of Viana do Castelo. He also loved to watch the news on television.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Arrangements under the direction of Goodbody Mortuary, San Diego, CA.