Edgardo “Galo” DaCosta Gomez, Sr. of Harahan, Louisiana was born October 4, 1934, and moved beyond his earthly existence on May 31, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Eduardo and Jacinta (Arita) DaCosta Gomez of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He leaves his devoted and faithful wife of 46 years, Emma (Pineda) DaCosta Gomez and his daughter, Emmy (Kevin) O’Dwyer, and his sister, Maria Teresa de Aguilar. He is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Edgardo “Galito” DaCosta Gomez, Jr. and by his sisters (Dolores, Olga, Blanca and Estela) and brothers (Jacobo, Rolando, and Eduardo) and we know they will be reunited in heaven. Galo was a devoted grandfather of five children, Ana, Elliot, and Oliver O’Dwyer, Morgan Logan and Mara DaCosta Gomez (who all knew him as “Tito”) and a goddaughter, Becky Belew. He was beloved by a host of nieces and nephews, many who came to visit him from across the globe in his final days.
“Galo” immigrated from Honduras, where he was the self-appointed “Prince of Pepper City.” What he lacked in stature, he made up for with bravado, and he was an exceptional athlete. His youth was full of mischief and adventure, and he enjoyed being a friend to many. He was quite handsome and liked to lift weights. That rugged exterior was no match for cupid’s arrow—he moved to the United States in pursuit of the love of his life, Emma Pineda. They married soon after at St. Agnes Church in Jefferson, Louisiana and she has never again left his side. A romantic at heart, he could rattle off poems from memory, and couldn’t speak of his mother without crying. His favorite pastime was watching any kind of sport. Galo worked hard to provide a good life for his family, spending many years with the Katz & Besthoff Company before retiring. Truthfully, and he knew this to be true, he was grumpy and stubborn, but he deeply loved us all. A man of few words, Galo usually relied on Hallmark to say those things for him, and he took great pride in choosing just the right greeting card that expressed the deepest feelings in his heart. He worked hard to make annual visits to see family in Honduras, a luxury that was for him, a necessity. Galo is mourned in his homeland by many friends, cousins, and nieces and nephews. As his days drew to a close, he was especially moved by visits from family from all over the world, including his sister Maria Teresa de Aguilar, nephews Juan Aguilar and Juan Fernando Reynaud, and niece Olga (Berkout) DaCosta Gomez. Special thanks to Dr. Marc Matrana’s at Ochsner Hospital, and especially Lorrie Erario and Erin Pierce for whom he had special affection, and to Guardian Angels Hospice, especially Allene McCann, who provided guidance for a peaceful passage.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70001 on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Interment will be at a later date in Garden of Memories Cemetery.