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Bill Raphael Sr. 1926 - 2013

Bill Raphael Sr.

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September 29, 2013
I always felt connected to Coach. Felt he cared. Enjoyed and learned. He made a difference in my life and so many more.
August 29, 2013
Good man. Excellent teacher. He cared and will be remembered.
August 28, 2013
I would like to mention one other thing about "Coach" Raphael - I saw a much softer side of this wonderful man when I would go to Fat Tuesdays on Fridays - he remembered all of us and made you feel so special - no one can compare to him - he stood out amoung all men - he will definately be missed !!
August 28, 2013
Whether in the classroom or on the field, Coach always taught meaningful life lessons. I'm very grateful to have learned from him. Love you Coach.
August 27, 2013
Today we bid farewell to our beloved Coach Raphael. What a man of devotion and dedication to all aspects of his life! He was true to his Catholic faith, his family and marriage, his country, and his role as teacher and coach. He taught at St. Joe for 41 years.......41 years!
I remember my days in his classroom well....Learning a new way of thinking called Algebra. I finally caught on and excelled in it as the year progressed. He was stern, ever present, and offered some great comic relief. He used to assign our homework problems in his usual serious way. Then he would add(
pun intended), "Turn over!.......(then peering over his bifocals)......the page....." Then we would all simulate turning around in our desks.
Well, Coach, you are turning over a new page in your life. You will see your beloved parents, your precious wife, and the students who crossed that bridge before you. You have reached your goal, and you will forever be the champion of our hearts. We love you, and we shall see you again...
August 27, 2013
So many fond memories, as a coach and a fantastic teacher. He was a dear friend to my parents also, before their passing. Prayers to all the family. I know he will be missed everyday. Grateful to have known him. Love to all of you.
August 27, 2013
I will miss seeing Coach Raphael motion for me to go ahead of him to take Communion every week, and I will miss seeing him at Kroger. I will miss the smile every time he saw me. It was a genuine, sincere smile he wanted to offer, not a polite one he felt like he was obligated to give.
August 27, 2013
Coach Raphael was a selfless man who committed his life to teaching kids all he could about hard work, discipline, courage, honor, integrity, faith - the kind of values that last beyond a ballgame. The football field was just another classroom to teach the values that were important to him. He had a way of making you want to be better than you were, of getting your best effort and the confidence that came from that. He made us all better because he expected us to be better. St. Joe always had that reputation for being tougher than we should have been, forever going up against bigger, faster players. But that didn't mean much to Coach because in all his teams he instilled a big dose of his toughness and guts. You played hard and you never quit. And if you lost, you sure didn't cut up on the bus ride back. He'd also praise you and love on you. He was proud of all his kids, students and players alike, and always had a smile and a sense of humor.

One of his favorite pranks was in the middle of a stressful Algebra test, he would turn off the light and slam his hand on a filing cabinet and scare everybody to death. He thought that was hilarious. Before he's ever begin writing on the chalk board he made a cross at the top like this .+. because he put his faith at the top of everything he did. We had Mass early on Friday mornings before games and always said an "Our father" immediately before gametime. He put all his faith in his Lord.

I so much admire him for what he made of his life and how he influenced so many people that had the privilege to spend some time with him. Mrs. Raphael taught me for 2 years at Holy Family and she was just as special. Coach just commanded respect and he was worthy of every bit of it. I hope the Good Lord will look down lovingly on his family and give them comfort and peace. He left them a legacy of a very fine name. I am very certain he got a "Well done!!" on his arrival in heaven.
August 27, 2013
Rest in peace Coach.
August 27, 2013
Lord Jesus, hold fast to the Raphael family, students and friends. Comfort their restless hearts and give them the peace that only you can give. Calm them with the security of your ever presence and surround them with your love. Wrap them in your loving arms of protection and have them to lean on your promises. Keep them Father ever near to your heart. Praying for you as you go through this most difficult time.

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