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John T. Costes

June 22, 1925 December 22, 2011
John T. Costes
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St. Albans - John T. Costes of Saint Albans, Vermont, passed away at his home on the morning of December 22, 2011. A lifelong resident of Saint Albans, John was born on June 22, 1925 to parents Theodore G. Costes and Anna ( Pappas) Costes. His adoptive mother, Sophia (Angelides) Costes played a prominent role in John’s life after the loss of his mother Anna at a young age. The son of Greek immigrants, John’s parents established Ted’s Sweet Shop and Tea Room in downtown St. Albans where John worked, carrying on his family’s tradition of handcrafting ice creams, chocolates, and hand curled ribbon candies. He later owned and operated the Plaza Grille Restaurant until he retired in 1979. Never one to be idle, John had an ongoing garage sale for years, with a special emphasis on restoring and selling bicycles. That hobby kept him active and busy and brought many people to his door to visit. He loved his bird feeders. For many winters, John traveled south to Venice, Florida where he loved to play tennis and ride his bicycle. A lover of music, John played the sax and the clarinet for fun and to entertain friends and family. A corporal in the Marine Corps during WWII, John served in the Marshall Islands, Okinawa and Japan. He was a lifelong member of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Saint Albans. John is survived by his brother, George Costes of St Albans, his sister, Olga Campbell of South Burlington, VT. John is also survived by his 5 children, Cynthia Costes of Scottsdale, AZ, Sandra Costes of Underhill, VT, Kimberly Farmer of Hinesburg VT, Valerie Costes and Peter Costes of St Albans, VT, three grandchildren, Peter Lavallee of Scottsdale, AZ, Travis Peckham of Underhill, VT, and Nicole Atherton of Shelburne, VT, and 7 great grandchildren, Isaiah and Maxwell Atherton, Phoebe and Flynn Peckham, Olivia, Delaney and Jaden (JJ) Lavallee. John also has 2 surviving nephews, Christopher Costes and Greg Costes of St Albans, VT, and dear friends Beverly Prindle and Gail Tyler. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011, at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in St Albans, VT. There will be a luncheon/reception following the service. This will be at St Luke’s also. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made, in memory of John, to Save Our Strays, PO Box 167, Huntington, VT 05462, a shelter and adoption service for homeless animals. Private message of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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