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Fred Rappaport

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Fred Rappaport

1948 - 2016 Fred Rappaport of Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina passed away on June 14, 2016 following a 3-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was born April 20, 1948 in Santa Margherita, Italy to an American father and an Italian mother, arriving in New York City and beginning his life as a "New Yorker" at the age of 2 1/2 . He was predeceased by his parents, George Rappaport and Clelia "Lia" Bernardini Rappaport, and by a twin brother in infancy. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joyce Snyder Rappaport, by his younger brother Claude (Lindy) Rappaport of Oklahoma City, numerous Snyder in-laws, and many cousins, nieces, a nephew, grand-nephews and a grand-niece. Fred attended Barnard and Horace Mann Schools in NYC, where he was on the baseball team and played several other sports. He attended Adelphi University, and Kean University, obtaining a BS in Management Sciences/ Accounting. Fred served in Viet Nam as an Air Force F-4 fighter pilot, and was wounded in action. Upon his return to the States, he worked in Boston, where he met his wife and formed life-long friends, and then returned to NYC as Production Engineer/Vice President in his family's apparel manufacturing business on 7 th Avenue. In 1984 he and his wife moved from Westfield, New Jersey to southeastern Vermont where they resided for 20 years. There he was owner/operator (and, for a few years, chef) of several restaurants in Brattleboro (Taft's, Giovanni's and The Outback Saloon). His years in the restaurant business offered him an amazing and valued opportunity to befriend individuals from all walks of life. He later started a small business consulting firm, Associated Management Services, Inc. He and his associates consulted throughout New England to dozens of companies in a wide variety of fields, helping them to set and achieve both professional and personal goals. In 2003 Fred semi-retired and moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, continuing to consult part-time in Charleston and Hilton Head. Throughout his career he touched many lives; he was a mentor to many younger men and women who were empowered by his positive attitude and beliefs, and many of his business clients became dear personal friends. Some of his fondest childhood memories were of summers spent as a camper and later counselor at Camp Swago in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. At a very early age he became an avid and unwavering fan of the NY Giants and the Yankees. During his school years he played baseball, football, lacrosse and ice hockey. He also played tennis and took up skiing, and in later years devoted his free time to golf. He enjoyed cooking, driving his Porsches, listening to Sinatra, and discussing politics, religion and sports. His favorite place to travel was the Italian Riviera, where he loved spending time with his Italian family. Those who truly knew Fred will remember his 'unrestrained' candor, irrepressible passion for life, love of God and country, generous spirit, ability to inspire, and capacity for positive thinking. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 626 Savannah Highway, Charleston SC on Saturday, June 25 at 2 PM. He will be interred in the Bernardini family mausoleum in Santa Margherita, Italy. Remembrances in Fred's name to the would be welcome. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 17, 2016
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