Noah Samuel Grindstaff Costa (Angel Boy), a resident of Sanibel, died following a tragic accident on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2010. He was 16.
Noah was born on Dec. 16, 1993 in Nashville, Tenn., and is survived by his mother, Robin Grindstaff Costa; father and step-mother, Samuel Warren and Amy Costa; siblings Kelsey, Nikolaus and Tyler; grandparents Roy and Virginia Grindstaff; Dorothy Costa; Manuel James and Wanda Costa; and, a remarkable collection of cousins, as well as other extended family and friends whose lives he touched.
Noah was a Junior at Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, and a defenceman on the Midget U-18AA team in the Florida Junior Everblades Hockey Program. Noah was a graduate of the Sanibel School, the Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn. and the Hernando Middle School in Hernando, Miss. Noah was active in youth hockey programs with both the Junior RiverKings and Junior StreetKings while at HMS.
Noah loved hockey and skating. He also enjoyed skim boarding, surfing, fishing, hiking, shooting, white water rafting, parasailing, rock climbing, skydiving, and all things extreme and outdoors. Noah loved to travel, and he spent a great deal of time in Canada, Mexico and the southwestern United States.
A Celebration of Noah’s life honoring his amazing spirit was held on Nov. 28 at Sanibel Community Church, with Youth Pastor Rev. Tom Walsh officiating. Following the service, a sunset remembrance on the beach was held.
Florida Pall Bearers were David Biffar, Mathew Czaster, Luke Czaster, Cody Durand, Matthew Kfoury and Sherman Lovett. Honorary Pall Bearers were Karl Masnjak, Marco Petretta and the entire Junior Everblades organization.
On Dec. 1, a memorial service was held at the Stoney Creek Baptist Church in Elizabethton, Tenn. A memorial service will be held in Hernando, Miss. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Noah’s family has established "Noah's Gift" at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. This fund will be used to bring joy into the lives of young people, as Noah brought so much joy to the lives of so many.
Donations may be made to “Noah’s Gift” at CFNM, 321 Losher, Hernando, MS 38632.
Noah had chosen to be a registered Organ Donor. He discussed his wishes with his family, and we chose to honor his wishes.
Godspeed, Angel Boy. Your time with us was brief and your life was full. We are all blessed to have had you in our lives.