Joseph and Vivian Costa of Tisbury celebrated 60 years of marriage on October 1.
In August, their family gathered for an annual family reunion, aptly named “The Costapalooza,” to celebrate Joe and Vivian’s milestone. With seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and another on the way, the Costa family is showing the next generation the importance and joy of their family connections, their daughter Brenda Costa said in a note to The Times.
Twenty-one family members gathered at the reunion for food, song and laughter. Many special moments were captured in pictures.
In addition to Brenda, who lives in Marlborough, the Costas’ children include daughter Lisa Costa, who lives with her husband Phil Pitts in Atkinson, N.H., and son Dennis Costa, who lives near Charleston, S.C.
Many Islanders may remember Mr. Costa from his 46 years working for the Steamship Authority (SSA). He retired as a purser in 1995.
Before his SSA career, Mr. Costa worked as a jet engine mechanic for three and a half years in the Air Force. In 1950, he learned to fly and flew 38 different types of aircraft in his Air Force career. Mr. Costa continued flying as a hobby. In 2006 he received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration for achieving 50 years of accident-free, violation-free flying.
Over the years Mr. Costa flew many flights for “Angel Flight,” a program to provide free air transportation for people on Martha’s Vineyard suffering from serious illnesses who need medical care off-Island.