DARTMOUTH — William F. Rapoza, 80, of So. Dartmouth died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness. He was the husband of Cecilia P. (Medeiros) Rapoza, with whom he shared 59 years of marriage and son of the late Manuel and Mary (Cabral) Rapoza.
Born in New Bedford, he resided in Dartmouth for 21 years.
Mr. Rapoza was employed as an electrician for Mass Electric and was a member of the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers for 55 years until his retirement.
He taught in the Apprenticeship Electrical Program.
Mr. Rapoza served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 8 years.
An avid golfer, he was a volunteer with the 9-18 Golf Club, teaching the game to area youths.
He and his wife were members of the former St. John's Couple's Club and also enjoyed traveling.
His family includes his wife; his son, Paul W. Rapoza and his wife, Rosemary of Somerset; his daughter, Pamela A. Baptiste and her husband, Joseph, of Dartmouth; 4 grandchildren, Brittany Lynch and her husband, Brian, Brandon Baptiste, Brianna Rapoza and Cameron Rapoza; 1 niece, Karen Fowle and 2 nephews, Kenny Rapoza and John David Rapoza. He was the brother of the late Manuel and John Rapoza.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Rapoza's memory to the Cam Neely Foundation For Cancer Care, 30 Winter St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02108.
Private funeral arrangements entrusted to AUBERTINE-LOPES FUNERAL HOME, 129 Allen St., New Bedford. For online guestbook, please visit www.aubertine-lopes.com.