Joe D’Costa, passed peacefully on September 14th, 2018 supported by the love of his family. He was known as a Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Papa Joe, and Friend. A lover of cooking, the hottest chilli you can get your hands on, and especially famous for his “Kingi’s Meatballs”. He was a social butterfly, a practical joker, a sweet tooth and the man known to shut down a party. He passed at 83 years young.
Joe was born in the booming metropolis of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on August 4, 1935. Joe grew up to be a successful auto body mechanic, part time constable and full time Romeo. Joe was a true ladies man, but met the love of his life Mary in 1961. He danced into her heart and they were married 51 years ago on April 15, 1967 in Tanzania. Joe and Mary were blessed with three beautiful, talented and successful children. Their first son Kevin was born in 1969, shortly after Karen was born in 1971. Joe, Mary, Kevin and Karen immigrated to Canada in 1975 where they completed their family when Mark was born the same year. Joe and Mary were grateful to raise their children in Calgary, where they have lived until now. Joe is survived by his wife Mary, children Kevin (Jade), Karen (Randy) and Mark (Silvia), and grandchildren Reid, Quinton, Kaleb, Chase, Payton, Ayden, and Cruz.
Joe, also lovingly known as Kingi, was the life of the party and the light at any gathering. He was the first to welcome you and the last one standing to say good night (or good morning). Joe was a dancing machine who danced into the hearts of all his friends. He was always the first to raise his hand for a fishing trip, but more importantly the first to add some special concoction of the spiciest curry to his big catch. Joe was a lover of food. He never turned down a piece of cake and he never met a banana he didn’t like. He also enjoyed playing the lotto, and he was the first to make his rounds asking for everyone to kick in lottery numbers for the “guaranteed” win... one day.
Joe was a strong man, a boxer, a soccer player and a true athlete. Joe was undoubtedly proud of his life’s accomplishments, but above all he loved his family and friends. His wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends will all lovingly share his memory forever.
Finally, the family wishes to thank the tireless attention, care and love provided by the nurses on Unit 81 at Foothills Hospital. The doctors who provided compassionate support and advice and the countless family, friends who are family and loved ones who have offered kind words, food, hugs and memories. We are forever grateful.
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