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I am so sorry to see the passing of Mr. Rapanos. He was my favourite teacher. He taught me law at Britannia and was my basketball coach. I loved his teaching and his coaching. He had an irreverent, intelligent, and caring manner that made everything better. And more enjoyable as well. He was a thrill to watch as a teacher and inspired me beyond measure. As a basketball coach, he brought life skills into the game of basketball, and made basketball more than just a sport. It was an education in life as well. I remember once when I sprained my ankle badly and was in severe pain, Mr. Rapanos came rushing over to help. After inspecting my leg, he asked if it was broken. I responded, 'no' to which he dropped my leg and walked away saying, 'then you're ok, it's just pain.' What a lesson! It's one I never forgot, amongst many others. I'm only sorry I never got the chance to tell him what he contributed to my life. He will be missed but never forgotten.
There are people that come into your life at whatever time and usually they are forgotten or unimportant,...but Mr Rapanos, I had him for my Homeroom teacher at Britannia High School was such great communicator and made learning fun and always left me with the values..." I CAN DO THIS"...Thats because he has been there and done it. Like Mr. Schieman says we at Britannia are legendary...Thank you George Repanos for being in apart of my life...I will always think of you

Mr Jerry Lowe/ Britannia class of '68
My sympathies to his family for their loss. He was a great Social Studies teacher at Brit when I attended during the late 70s. He made learning interesting and fun.
Dear George Rapanos family,
I want to extend my sincere condolences for your loss. I first met George in the mid-sixties when I was a student at Britannia Secondary School. As a teacher George was a breath of fresh air with his down to earth teaching style and his immense knowledge of his subject areas. He was also a great supporter of the school athletic teams by his coaching, his attendance at the competitions and his words of encouragement. Over the years our paths have crossed often at social gatherings. George was kind, fair, supportive and a true professional who inspired us. He will be missed by everyone who knew him in the education and sports community. I hope that your many wonderful memories of George will bring you peace at this sad time.
Rest in peace George. God bless.
Sam Scorda
My condolences to the family on your loss. I remember Mr. Rapanos like it was yesterday because he was such an engaging teacher, humorous and down to earth. He taught me in Social Studies in Grade 8 in 1976 and Law, in Grade 11. I still remember him telling a story about a legal case he worked on when he was a lawyer defending a client who was involved in a car accident. He was able to prove that the traffic lights were not synced. eg. one light turned green before the other turned red. He also described how hard it was for him as a student to get through law school, but he persisted and passed.
I also remember him telling a funny story of how he got kicked out of Safeway for complaining to the butcher that it was total a rip off in the pricing of the beef certain cuts were jacked up a lot but only required the butcher to do something minor like remove the fat or bone. Anyways, I had fun in his class. It was never boring and I still have fond memories of him. Bless you Mr. Rapanos
Mr. Rapanos was an excellent teacher and man. You rarely remember much from school. However, I recall him saying in Law 11 the most important thing you will learn and remember is how to do your taxes. That was real education, by an awesome educator. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. I was only at Brit briefly, but some of my good friends graduated form Brit and Mr. R made an indelible positive effect on many lives. A great life, well lived.
George was a member and contributer to a dynamic, progressive and innovative Social Studies department at Britannia. He played a vital role in the development of the Inner Ciity project that led to its members holding inservise workshops across the country.
He was an outstanding and patient teacher who coaxed the best out of students regardless of their abilities. He was always positive and generous with his time both in the classroom and as a coach. His laughter, his humour, his coaching skills, his love for food, and his loyalty to his family, Britannia students and friends is legendary.
He was my mentor and advisor when I started teaching next to him in 1966, and since has remained a trustworthy, sincere and loyal friend for fifty years. Even now it is hard to say good bye.Rest in peace my friend.
My sincere condolences to Ruth and his loving familyj
Heartfelt condolences are extended to your family at this difficult time. Seek the love and support God provides to help you cope during this time - Psalms 29:11
mr rapanos was one of my favourite teaches at brit. i enjoyed seeing him at reunions of any sort. my condolences to the rapanos family. may he rest in peace!
Some people see things as they are and say, why? Others see things as they could be and say, why not! George was the latter.
My condolences to the Rapanos Family. It was a pleasure to have known, respected, and worked with George.

Randy Clark
New Westminster
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