Adalberto "Dave" Acosta, 65, of Palm Bay died Thursday at a local hospital. A native of Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, he decided to remain here in the area and make it his home while stationed at Patrick Air Force base thirty-three years ago. Following his twenty years of military service, he retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant and continued his career as a Software Engineer working for Harris Corporation. He was a graduate of Rollins College, very active in sports, particularly softball and racquetball, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was a Catholic.
Survivors include two sons: David of Melbourne, Dan of Palm Bay; daughter: Diana Acosta-Hosein of Orlando; brothers: German of Long Island, NY, Milton of Palm Bay; sister: Ana Padilla of Puerto Rico; five grandchildren: Michael, Megan, Marisa, Daniel, and Noel. He and his fiancée had planned to be married on Saturday, just two days after his death, and he also leaves her: Mary "Dannie" Phillips; and her daughters: Rhonda and Lisa; and grandchildren: Sierra, Sean, Zach, and Kelly.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday (3/21) at 11:00 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Cremation will follow services and the Cremated Body will be entombed at Fountainhead Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial donations to Health First Foundation-Heart Center, Administrative Offices, 1350 S. Hickory St., Melbourne, FL 32901. (http://www.health-first.org/ways_to_help/foundation.cfm