Randolph Rapoza

Randolph J. Rapoza of East Falmouth died on Christmas morning. Mr. Rapoza was 90.

A native Cape Codder, he was educated in the Falmouth Public Schools, and at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island.

He spent two years in the US Army Infantry Division, with a tour of duty in Korea.

Mr. Rapoza worked in construction and built several homes from the ground up. During the majority of his working career he operated a driveway sealcoating business.

An avid reader of nonfiction, he had a special interest in history, politics and philosophical subjects. He enrolled in many adult education classes and attended seminars and forums. He could also be found at local coffee shops engaged in conversation.

Mr. Rapoza enjoyed extensive travel in the United States and abroad. His favorite routes of exploration were along the coastal northwest from Oregon to Alaska, as well as the northeast from Newfoundland down to New England. Overseas journeys brought him to China, Japan, Turkey, most of Europe and South America.

He was accompanied by his partner of 48 years, Beverly Luckraft of East Falmouth, on most of his travels. They also went on daily nature walks with their dogs.

Mr. Rapoza moved to Laurentide assisted living community in Mashpee three years ago.

In addition to Ms. Luckraft, he leaves three siblings, Marlene Hill of Rockland, Diane Gomer of East Falmouth, and Ronald Rapoza, also of East Falmouth; along with his nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, Manuel F. and Delores (DesRoches) Rapoza; and his sister Lorraine Rapoza.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 8, at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.

Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

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