On Sunday afternoon, March 8th, doing what he most enjoyed doing which was to feel like he was accomplishing things, in this case cutting grass, my father Luiz Alberto Machado Costa, aged 69 years old made his passage to some other dimension or place. How he went is irrelevant because he is here no more, but what he left is what will define him forever in the memories and hearts of those who knew and loved him. He left his wife Solange and his daughters Ninive and I, Isadora. I am sure he will always be remembered by his fun and funny personality, for his creative thinking, his stubbornness, his sometimes strange ways of thinking, his long talks, his music, his inventions, the love for his grandchildren, his endurance, his love for passion fruit caipirinha, his hats, his funny faces, his coffee love, his shirts, his sensitivity, his intensity of being, his love for his daughters which was not always understood but that we knew was strong and solid, his love for his siblings, his loyal friendship and much much more. He will be strongly missed by all his family and friends but will live forever in our hearts and in the stories we tell about him. My father was a simple man, a man who was always reinventing himself, always in pursuit of something I don’t even know if he fully understood what that something was, but do any of us? I can’t say goodbye… goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no separation. I welcome grief because it too is a part of life and I know that you will always be here with us dad.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still, in my heart you hold a place that none could ever fill.
Isadora Pereira Costa
The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 10:30 am, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 1924 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, with interment to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillel Campus Alliance in memory of Luiz Costa.