Ludlow - Antonio “Tony” Costa, 94, known to all as “Mr. Hocky” died on November 25, 2019 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Tony was born in Ludlow on December 1, 1924 to Manuel and Delphina (Ferreira) Costa, and had one sister, Lucinda Costa Morrissey and one brother, John Costa. He spent his entire life in Ludlow. He was drafted his senior year in high school.
Tony served his country in the Navy beginning from July 1943 to May 1946 during World War II. He served as an electrician, 2nd class abroad ships in the Pacific on Philippine Islands and in Australia. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.
When Tony returned from the service he was hired by Ever Source as an electrician and inspector and worked there for 42 years. He was also a semi-professional football and hockey player. Tony coached the children of Ludlow in hockey for over 60 years. He was one of the first to coach girls in hockey. Ever Source gave him the flexible schedule so he could continue to coach. He was honored by the Bruins and at a one time, the Stanley Cup was brought to his home. He was till skating into his 90s. After coaching four generations of hockey players, Tony is a beloved legend in Ludlow.
Tony and Maxine married in 1964 and had a long, loving marriage of over 56 years. They adored each other. Tony and Maxine have many supportive friends and Tony was especially close to Kevin, Bob, and Joanne who visited him often. He was a devout Catholic.
Tony’s and Maxine’s wishes are that all services were private, his inurnment was held with full military honors in the Massachusetts Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Agawam. Donations may be made to the Ludlow Hockey Association PO Box 627, Ludlow, MA 01056 or to the Tony Costa & Joe Beauregard Scholarship through the Ludlow Hockey Association.
The Williamsburg Funeral Home was entrusted with his cremation and services. Hampshirecremation.com