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Edward D. "Duke" DaCosta

Edward D. "Duke" DaCosta was born on Oct. 13, 1931 in Englewood NJ. He lived his entire life in Bergenfield, NJ where he also worked as a Dept. of Public Works employee for almost 40 years. He was a member of the United States National Guard. Edward is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie DaCosta, his son Frank DaCosta along with his wife Jennifer DaCosta. Edward was the loving grandfather of Jake and Ally DaCosta. Edward is also survived by his twin brother, Hedley DaCosta Jr., and his sister Bernice DaCosta Miles. He is predeceased by his father and mother, Hedley and Greta DaCosta, his brother Donald DaCosta and sister Delores Bongiavanni. Edward also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and cousins with whom he was able to always recall their ages or dates of birth when nobody else could remember. There may be too many to list, but they all know he loved them very much. Edward passed away on June 21, 2016 peacefully in his home surrounded by family. This was after a long battle against diabetes and leukemia. Stories of his God given brute strength were amazing, but also true. This strength allowed him to fight his illness for years. Visiting at Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 So. Washington Ave., Bergenfield on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM with a funeral service at 8:30 PM. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers donations to the Bergenfield Vol. Ambulance Corp or Bergenfield Police in Edward's memory would be appreciated.

Funeral Home: Riewerts Memorial Home 187 So. Washington Ave. Bergenfield, NJ US 07621

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Riewerts Memorial Home

187 South Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

from 2-4 and 7-9 PM

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Riewerts Memorial Home

187 South Washington Ave.
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

at 8:30 PM

Friday, June 24, 2016
Cedar Lawn Crematory

McLean Blvd & Crooks Ave
Paterson, NJ 07513

cremation will be private

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The Borough of Bergenfield lost a truly great man. Duke was always there for his hometown in many ways. My condolences to the DaCosta family during this difficult time.

Tom Yurkin Jun 23 2016 12:00 AM

May God Bless the DaCosta's at this time. Our hearts, love and prayers are with you all. From your Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Schaefer Friends!

Paul and Laura Schaefer Jun 23 2016 12:00 AM

God bless the DaCosta Family. Duke was truly one of the nicest men i have ever met. A true sweetheart of a man. I love the place in the obit that says "stories of his god given brute strength." I was witness to that on more than one occasion. He put his finger into a manhole cover and lifted it out of place. Truly amazing strength to do it with one hand let alone just with a finger. He was not a young man then either, Mid 50's. Strong and a sweetheart at the same time. What a pleasure he was.

Mike DiGennaro Jun 22 2016 12:00 AM

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