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Bill Raphael Sr. 1926 - 2013

Bill Raphael Sr.

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August 27, 2013
RIP Coach,He was my math teacher and always encouraged to do better. class of 1967.He will be missed.
August 27, 2013
Bill, I never met your dad but have heard only good things about him and his legacy on the entire community. His life obviously had a favorable impact on everyone he encountered. Hope you are well and say hi to Bob.
August 27, 2013
While I never had Coach Raphael as either a teacher or coach, I had Mrs. Raphael as a teacher at Holy Family and knew Mat pretty well back in the 60's. My brothers & sisters always spoke highly of Coach. He will be greatly missed by his family and anyone who knew him. RIP.
August 26, 2013
A legend to academia and to sport in the state of Mississippi...I had the honor and privilege to have learned from "Coach" both on and off the field...his motivation carries through in my daily business and personal life, today. I was glad to have spent some time with Coach a few weeks ago...He will be missed.
August 26, 2013
Big loss of a great man. Coach was my Math teacher, gave me encouragement to bring my F up to an A- by end of year. That became the foundation of my math related career of 40-ish years. Class of 1968.
August 26, 2013
Coach was the FIRST man to teach me back in the early '50's. Only nuns before that! AND was a very good math teacher, along with being a great coach! Thanks, Coach for being there !
Ed Schmidt, Jr.
August 26, 2013
This wonderful man will live on in many hearts that knew and loved him. He influenced us all and I am one of the priviledged ones to have him influence both of my children. He will be missed but will live on within us with the lessons he taught. Prayers to his family.
August 26, 2013
One of a kind - a cliche in many instances - not in this one. Anyone having had the real privilege of being his student or even just having had the good fortune to know him, has been truly blessed!
Funny, oh yeah! The memories of being called to the front of the class in Algebra !!, with a couple of your buddies, standing at the chalk board - bracing for the words that you just KNEW were inevitable - "What a motley crew !!! "
And the nicknames he'd come up with for everybody - I'm laughing now, while remembering some of his more "choice ones"!
But more than that - we all know, he was the epitome of a Fine Man with incredible loyalty to St Joseph High School!
We were so fortunate to have know, and loved, Coach.
So many are joining you, his family, in missing him - he leaves mighty big shoes!
God bless you ,
Elvie Gonzales Clement
August 26, 2013
Coach hung in there with me when I struggled through algebra II and always said just keep trying you'll get it. Well many years later I did but it was his patience, compassion and love I remember most.
August 26, 2013
I have thought about Coach many times over the years. It was a privilege to have been a member of his team (1967-70) at St. Joe. RIP Coach. .+.

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