Vincent P. Costa
October 13, 1950 - December 19, 1993
CH. Cloud Cap P.T. Barnum CDX
April 22, 1983 - April 6, 1989
joined now by P.T. Barnum's sister Cloud Cap
E.M.I.L.Y. for Him
September 17, 1989 - March 27, 1999
Eulogy delivered at Vinnie's service by
(Vinnie, who was often late, would have
loved that his body
missed his airplane, almost missing his own
Vinnie, my closest friend for nearly 25
years, was murdered.
visit my link DIAGNOSIS: CRIME
WITH A BRIEFCASE
remainder of my life is dedicated to efforts
expose the Government cover-up
protects Vinnie's murderer
the criminals who defrauded me, my Company and
have the evidence that is sufficient to successfully
proper criminal investigation would lead to the
not less than six additional thieves
as prominent and influential executives.
AS LONG AS I HAVE LIFE, I WILL SEEK JUSTICE.
YOU FOR THE STRENGTH
LOVE HAS GIVEN ME.
VINCENT P. COSTA
men are great.
distinguish themselves in the marketplace, in sports,
school or in their careers.
some men are important...because they are good.
distinguish themselves, everyday,
the hearts of those they love and care for.
was not the greatest of men.
he was the best of men.
What made Vinnie the best?
was my best friend for most of my adult life,
since I met him that memorable July 4th.
- It is
difficult to contemplate my life now
his special brand of joyfulness and compassion
almost every crevice of time.
gave me the childhood giggles that I welcomed as an
example, every day, made me realize that playfulness is a
it can replenish the soul and heal its wounds,
VINNIE WAS THE BEST AT LOVE
all try to be successful at life.
Vinnie knew that success in life was not measured in
in matters of the heart.
Be was so much more important than To Have.
was The Best at Love.
knew how to give love and how to show love.
Vinnie loved everyone...
family, his friends: George, Angela, Tony, Anna, Lenny,
Roger, Eddie, Will, Bill, Jeff, Jill, Karen, Scott, Beth,
Wendy, all of Fairfield Racquet Club, all of MediBar...
too numerous to mention.
course, I know, he also loved me.
dogs were given his love and devotion as if they were his
loved his friends' cats, his co-workers,
merchants, salesmen, repairmen...
VINNIE COULD SHOW HIS LOVE
importantly, Vinnie could show his love... by being a
only to those with whom he was intimate...
to those whose path he crossed every day.
security guards in the gatehouse where I lived
whom he brought hot coffee...
at the deli at our New Jersey office who Vinnie sat and
crew that cleaned the office.
taught me... taught all of us... how to love.
was a living example of the pinnacle of love in everyday
was not judgmental, discriminating or intolerant.
was the rare person who could weigh the faults of others
putting his thumb on the scales.
knew how to get real value out of relationships.
knew the secret. The secret was in his heart.
liked everyone. I never once heard him utter
critical remark or offensive comment about anyone.
knew that the time is always right to do what is right
He often took better care of others than of
VINNIE TAUGHT OTHERS HOW TO LOVE
he was the best at love, Vinnie had the rarest of
could teach others to love.
work with a successful corporation. It is a company built
special brand of love.
mission is to compassionately serve the needs of those
are sick, in pain and in need.
it was Vinnie who taught me how to feel the pain of
how to nurture.
needs a teacher. Vinnie was my teacher.
the lesson I learned from Vinnie was the inspiration
led to the company's birth.
the course of the development of the company's culture,
Vinnie's principles are the core of the
To recognize his special contribution,
we have established an annual award in his
Vincent P. Costa Memorial Award,
to recognize an employee who demonstrates
qualities for which Vinnie stood:
caring service, compassion, sensitivity to our patients'
needs and concerns,
the ability to interact with associates in a manner
fosters teamwork, fellowship and mutual support...
recognize Vinnie's ability to acknowledge the serious
issues in life
retaining a sense of humor
the ability to retain the spirit of youth
always to be young among old friends...
care for their personal preferences and choices
- I am
so grateful to Vinnie for lending us his gifts,
though it was for too short a time.
our clients will be forever grateful, too.
last week Vinnie actually saved a life.
- In my
tradition, it is said that
one who saves a single life has saved the entire world.
typical Vinnie style, he rejected the accolades he so
left us a few days ago fulfilled
he was a success at something he very much enjoyed.
VINNIE TAUGHT ME HOW TO PLAY
taught me how to play.
me share just one of hundreds of examples.
had a Zippo lighter. It was engraved with a heart
encircling the names
and Ernest, April 4th, 1964."
told me that he never could remember a time when
didn't own this lighter and he didn't have a clue who
or Ernest were.
many, many years, Vinnie and I hosted dinner parties
honor Margaret and Ernest's anniversary.
looked forward to celebrating their upcoming 30th
planned a formal affair complete with triple-tiered
- It is
with enormous pain that I let go of our friends
they, too, are now gone.
the poorest man
the richest inheritance.
has gone to life everlasting,
- but a
sense of his presence will abide with all of us.
were all enriched by his light.
belongs to eternity now, but he belongs eternally to us
the good life and the full life he lived.
life was a blessing to us all.
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