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Vincent P. Costa
October 13, 1950 - December 19, 1993

CH. Cloud Cap P.T. Barnum CDX
April 22, 1983 - April 6, 1989

Eulogy delivered at Vinnie's service by Sherry Z***
(Vinnie, who was often late, would have loved that his body
missed his airplane, almost missing his own funeral)

Vinnie, my closest friend for nearly 25 years, was murdered.
The remainder of my life is dedicated to efforts to expose the Government cover-up
that protects Vinnie's murderer
and the criminals who defrauded me, my Company and shareholders.
I have the evidence that is sufficient to successfully prosecute six individuals.
A proper criminal investigation would lead to the successful conviction
of not less than six additional thieves
disguised as prominent and influential executives.
VINNIE, AS LONG AS I HAVE LIFE, I WILL SEEK JUSTICE.
THANK YOU FOR THE STRENGTH YOUR LOVE HAS GIVEN ME.

VINCENT P. COSTA

Some men are great. They
distinguish themselves in the marketplace, in sports, in
school or in their careers. But some men are important...
because they are good. They distinguish themselves,
everyday, in the hearts of those they love and care for.
Vinnie was not the greatest of men.
But he was the best of men.

What made Vinnie the best?

Vinnie was my best friend for
most of my adult life, ever since I met him that
memorable July 4th. It is difficult to contemplate
my life now without his special brand of joyfulness
and compassion filling almost every crevice of time.
He gave me the childhood giggles that I welcomed as
an adult. His example, every day, made me realize
that playfulness is a form of nurturing... that
it can replenish the soul and heal its wounds,
balm its burdens.

VINNIE WAS THE BEST AT LOVE

We all try to be successful
at life. But Vinnie knew that success in life was not measured
in material things, but in matters of the heart. He knew that
To Be was so much more important than To Have.
He was The Best at Love. He knew how to give love
and how to show love. And Vinnie loved everyone...
his family, his friends: George, Angela, Tony, Anna,
Lenny, Andrea, Joe, Roger, Eddie, Will, Bill, Jeff, Jill,
Karen, Scott, Beth, Dorothy, Koony, Wendy, all of
Fairfield Racquet Club, all of MediBar... names
too numerous to mention. Of course, I know, he also
loved me. My dogs were given his love and devotion as if
they were his children...he loved his friends' cats,
his co-workers, store merchants, salesmen, repairmen...
everyone.

VINNIE COULD SHOW HIS LOVE

Most importantly, Vinnie
could show his love... by being a friend. Not only to those
with whom he was intimate... but to those whose path he
crossed every day. The security guards in the gatehouse
where I lived to whom he brought hot coffee... Phil
at the deli at our New Jersey office who Vinnie sat
and gabbed with. The crew that cleaned the office.

Vinnie taught me... taught
all of us... how to love. He was a living example of the
pinnacle of love in everyday life. He was not judgmental,
discriminating or intolerant. He was the rare person
who could weigh the faults of others without putting his
thumb on the scales. He knew how to get real value out of
relationships. He knew the secret. The secret was in
his heart. He liked everyone. I never once heard him
utter a critical remark or offensive comment about
anyone. He knew that the time is always right to do what
is right for someone else. He often took better care of
others than of himself.

VINNIE TAUGHT OTHERS HOW TO LOVE

Because he was the best at love,
Vinnie had the rarest of gifts... he could teach others
to love. I work with a successful corporation. It is a
company built upon Vinnie's special brand of love.
Our mission is to compassionately serve the needs of those
who are sick, in pain and in need. And it was Vinnie who
taught me how to feel the pain of others and how to
nurture. Everyone needs a teacher. Vinnie was my
teacher. And the lesson I learned from Vinnie was the
inspiration that led to the company's birth. In the course
of the development of the company's culture, Vinnie's
principles are the core of the company. To recognize
his special contribution, we have established an annual
award in his memory, The Vincent P. Costa Memorial Award,
established to recognize an employee who demonstrates
those qualities for which Vinnie stood: exceptional caring
service, compassion, sensitivity to our patients'
perceived needs and concerns, and the ability to
interact with associates in a manner that fosters teamwork,
fellowship and mutual support... To recognize Vinnie's
ability to acknowledge the serious issues in life
while retaining a sense of humor and the ability to
retain the spirit of youth and always to be young
among old friends... and care for their personal
preferences and choices without passing judgment.

I am so grateful
to Vinnie for lending us his gifts, even though it was
for too short a time. And out clients will be forever
grateful, too. Just last week Vinnie actually saved
a life. In my tradition, it is said that the one who
saves a single life has saved the entire world. In
typical Vinnie style, he rejected the accolades he so
richly deserved. Vinnie left us a few days ago fulfilled
because he was a success at something he very much enjoyed.

VINNIE TAUGHT ME HOW TO PLAY

Vinnie taught me how to play.
Let me share just one of hundreds of examples.

Vinnie had a Zippo lighter. It was engraved with
a heart encircling the names "Margaret and Ernest,
April 4th, 1964." Vinnie told me that he never could
remember a time when he didn't own this lighter and
he didn't have a clue who Margaret or Ernest were. For
many, many years, Vinnie and I hosted dinner parties
to honor Margaret and Ernest's anniversary. We
looked forward to celebrating their upcoming 30th
anniversary and planned a formal affair complete
with triple-tiered wedding cake. It is with enormous
pain that I let go of our friends Margaret and Ernest,
because they, too, are now gone.

VINNIE'S LEGACY

Sometimes the poorest man
leaves the richest inheritance. Vinnie has gone to life
everlasting, but a sense of his presence will abide with all
of us. We were all enriched by his light. He belongs to
eternity now, but he belongs eternally to us for the good
life and the full life he lived. His life was a blessing to
us all.

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