Family and friends mourn 72-year-old grandfather as man faces murder charge

The family and friends of Joao Costa have paid tribute to a scientist, inventor and adventurer. DJ and OS
The family and friends of Joao Costa have paid tribute to a scientist, inventor and adventurer. DJ and OS

FAMILY and friends have paid tribute to a ‘charismatic, friendly and funny’ 72-year-old grandfather who died in hospital at the weekend after an attack at Boston Bus Station.

Joao Costa, who lived in Porcher Way, was found with serious head injuries in St George’s Road, on Friday at 1.09am and died at Pilgrim Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Costa had grown up in Portugal and moved to the town 12 years ago.

His eldest son Carlos told the Standard his dad was ‘charismatic, friendly and funny’.

Mr Costa has two other sons, Sergio and Joao, and two grandchildren.

There is now a poem on the wall of cafe Boina Verde in High Street in Portuguese written by Mr Costa’s friend Rui Cardoso.

It translates: “Today I am poorer, the life of my old friend Costa has been stolen.”

Russell Dean Read, 38, of Castle Street in Boston, is due to appear at Lincoln Crown Court today (Wednesday), charged with Mr Costa’s murder.

For a full tribute to Mr Costa and more details pick up a copy of this week’s Standard.