John DeCosta

John A. DeCosta Jr.

Wednesday, June 26th, 1957 - Sunday, September 13th, 2020
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John A. DeCosta, Jr., 63, of Poughkeepsie, NY passed away on September 13, 2020 at home. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on June 26, 1957, the son of John A. & Marlene C. Sleight DeCosta, Sr. A graduate of Poughkeepsie Schools; he was employed as a Therapy Aide for N.Y.S. Taconic DDSO in Poughkeepsie, NY.
He was a member of the former Dutchess County Y.M.C.A., and an avid runner who ran in multiple marathons and he was also a member of the Road Runners Club. He loved deep sea fishing and gardening. John was a devout Catholic who had a strong faith in his religion and practiced its principles every day. This showed in the help and support he gave his family by keeping their traditions alive and through the friends he made throughout his life. He was always available to lend a helping hand to anyone who may have needed one. John was a loving brother, uncle and just a good guy. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his brother: Joseph J. (Christine) De Costa of Clintondale, NY; sister: Deborah (John) Ruggerio of Pleasant Valley, NY; niece and nephews: Joseph, Jr., Jonathan, Joshua, Jennifer and James, aunts uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother: James E. DeCosta.
Visitation will be Friday, September 18, 2020 from 4-7PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10AM in St. Mary's Church, 231 Church St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to: St. Jude's Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial Donations Dept., 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, September 19th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    231 Church St.
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  • Interment

    St. Peter's - POK.,NY
    171 Salt Point Tnpke
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Sarah Bender Parks

Posted at 11:27am
To the family of John DeCosta, Jr.
I am saddened to read about the passing of John, Jr. His sister Debbie and I have been friends since high school. I remember how she expressed her love for her siblings. My heart goes out to you for your loss.

Sarah Bender Parks

Brenda Ourso (Marys Helpers)

Posted at 05:45pm
To the family of John DeCosta JR. My condolences to you and your family. John and I spoke about back in August and I sent him some litature he requested. Today my letter from Aug came back undeliverable due to a bad address. When I tried googling his name and address I see where John passed away shortly after we spoke. I’m so sorry to hear this. You are in our thoughts and prayers here in Louisiana. May John RIP and may perpetual light shine upon him

Jo-Ann Chandler

Posted at 01:19pm
Johnny's family in NC are all very heart broken and shocked at the news of his passing. We all wish that we could be with family to comfort and to share in all the wonderful memories that we have of him. In our younger years, and only two weeks apart, Johnny was like a brother to me. Time, distance, and just life in general never diminished the bond we had. In the past year or so we reconnected and shared letters, cards and phone calls - it was like no time had passed between us. He was a gentle and kind man and my heart just breaks for his family in NY who were the closest to him. Johnny lives in all our hearts and will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

His cousin Jo-Ann and Family

Kevin Storrs

Posted at 09:18am
I have fond memories of John from our PHS days and from the Y. I know his next runs will be in the best of company. My condolences to all who knew and loved him.

Laurie Sleight

Posted at 06:31am
Words can not express how much I will miss you my cousin. I'm so heartbroken and shocked. The only solace I can give to myself is knowing you are at peace and to know how happy you must be. You were a man of such great faith and a man who missed his parents and little brother, Jimmy, everyday of your life. I will be forever grateful for the bond we had and for all the times you and I shared together. Dad and Aunt Vera will also miss you very much. Please watch over them and the entire family always. You will never be forgotten cousin. I love you and always will Johnny "Boy"

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