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COSTELLA – Dwaine William

September 7, 1944 – February 9, 2011

Dwaine Costella, beloved husband of Joan Costella of Calgary, passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 66 years.

Dwaine had a deep appreciation of life and always had a positive, cheery attitude. He had many wonderful friends through his years at Alberta Wheat Pool and Conoco, and playing on up to three different softball teams right up to his last summer.  Dwaine liked to stay busy and active and did so for as long as he could.  He and Joan loved their garden and would spend long hours working in it, then relaxing on the deck or the yard swing, enjoying a glass of wine.  Dwaine and Joan were loyal Hitmen fans and held season tickets for many years. Dwaine and Joan travelled to Victoria or Banff a few times each year with Joan’s sister Margaret. They’d enjoy walking, good meals and just enjoying their retirement. Dwaine will be warmly remembered by all who knew him and he will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends. 

He is survived by his loving wife of forty-four years, Joan (nee Fraser); sons Todd (Deanna) and Murray (Shannon); his brother Paul (Gail); two beloved granddaughters, Amelia and Sadie; nephew Keegan and niece Larissa. Dwaine is also survived by his mother-in-law Elda Fraser and sister-in-law Margaret Fraser.  He was predeceased by his parents, William and Lucille.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank Dr. Blahey, Belinda, Gail and the nurses at the Daycare at the Tom Baker Cancer Center. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (888) 412-4222.  www.albertacancer.ca/memorial

In living memory of Dwaine Costella, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Christine Price :

    Dear Joan and family,
    I was very sorry to hear of Dwaine’s passing. I worked with him at the Wheat Pool and he was always so friendly and nice to everyone.
    Regards,
    Christine Price

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  2. Dear Joan, I was so sorry to read that Dwaine had past. My thoughts are with you and I send hugs to you.

    He will be missed by all his hitmen buddies too. He was a truly nice person. I have enjoyed getting to know the both of you during our times at the games.

    I know you will miss him as the two of you were so close. We were lucky to have had great partners in our lives.

    I hope we will see you at a game some time. We have often talked of the two of you and prayed all was okay. Remember the great times. I know there is nothing I can say to make it better, but know there are many like me who thought it a privilege to have know Dwaine.

    My thoughts will be with you. Take care.
    Bev

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  3. Joan, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dwaine. I always enjoyed his company when I visited and I know he will be a great loss to the family as a whole. He fought a good fight and now he is at peace.
    Thinking of you all.

    Diana

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  4. Jay and Elaine Simpson :

    Pappy was one of the most genuine people we ever meet. We will all miss him around the ball parks for a long time to come. Rest well Pappy, you deserve it!

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  5. Annie and Stu Orr and Family :

    We were very sorry to hear of Dwaine’s passing. May all of you find comfort in the memories and special times you have spent together. May God Bless all of you.

    Annie, Stu, Rick and Patty Orr

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  6. You have my sincere sympathy.

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  7. Kent & Joanne Mathewson :

    Dear Joan & Family;

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Dwaine. We got to know a little about you and Dwaine by having seasons tickets to the Hitman and watching many fine games. It was clear that Dwaine was a real sport enthusiast, he was quiet but clearly focused on the game. He had a very nice manner, easy to smile and warm personality. Our prayers are with you and your family as you say goodbye to Dwaine after a long and courageous battle with cancer, but who throughout kept that smile and engaging personality.

    Our deepest condolences;
    Kent & Joanne

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  8. Dear Joan…was sad to read about Dwaine’s passing. Dwaine was the first hockey coach my son, Chris Temple, had…many years ago. I remember Dwaine as a very patience caring man…and was a most positive influence to a young boy starting to play hockey.

    The years seem to pass quickly…and I hope the future for you will be strenthened by the fond remembrances you have of Dwaine.

    Sincere Regards,

    Jacquie Temple

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  9. Dear Joan,
    I am so sorry to hear of Dwaine passing. I’m so glad you retired when you did and had that time with him. I’m sorry that we have lost touch but just know that I am thinking of you and your family.
    My deepest condolences Joan and please, if you need anything, reach out and I will be there.
    Take Care.
    Joan Ducommun

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  10. Maureen McAuley and Doug Watson :

    Joan and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You know what a special person Pappy was in our lives for many years. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him. I would like to pass on the condolences of our Ball Club, he was a big part of it for many years and he will be missed. Take Care
    Moe and Doug

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  11. Sheila Cresswell :

    Joan,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons and their families in the sad loss of your husband Dwaine.

    May the special moments you spent together help you through difficult times.

    My sincere condolences
    Sheila Cresswell

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  12. Marilyn McIlvride :

    Dear Joan and family

    Deepest sympathy, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family – Deepest condolences.

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  13. Dear PAPPY, very sorry you left us so soon, we will all miss you in Drumheller, and at Layalta ball tournaments. My prayers are with you and your family. Thanks for all your tips at ball

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  14. Carolyn Taylor :

    Dear Joan and Family,

    Our sincere condolences to you all. Pappy will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed.

    Zane and Carolyn Taylor

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