Bruce Rapose

Bruce Rapose

Friday, July 27th, 1945 Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

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Obituary for Bruce L. Rapose

Bruce L. Rapose, 74, of Enfield and Spring Hill, FL, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, surrounded by his family. Born in Wareham, MA on July 27, 1945, he was the son of Virginia (Severance) Mangels and the late John E. Button. He grew up in Hartford and joined the Navy after graduating high school, serving on the USS Francis Marion during the Vietnam War. Before retiring in 2011, he worked for over 35 years as an electrical engineer for both Dynamic Controls and Hamilton Sundstrand. Bruce was always up for fun and adventure, enjoying his Harley, fishing, boating, and most recently golfing and long rides in his Mercedes convertible. He is survived by his loving wife Christine (Laferriere) Rapose; his mother Virginia Mangels; and his two children, Adam Rapose and his wife Alison of East Granby, and Bethany Romano and her partner Lee Donovan of Springfield, MA; his step-daughter, Karen Lovejoy and her husband Glen of Northampton, MA; and three beloved granddaughters, Chloe and Brenna Rapose and Ivy Lovejoy. His extended family includes his sister-in-law Lynne Paxton and her husband Matt, his brother-in-law Ray Laferriere and his wife Lisa, and former spouse Donna Rapose. Bruce was predeceased by his step-father Henry Mangels. His family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 20, from 5-7 PM at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd. Enfield. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, November 21, at 11:30 AM at the funeral home, with burial and Military Honors to follow at Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. For online condolences, please visit

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
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    Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 11:30am
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT
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    Thursday, November 21st, 2019
  • Interment

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Massachusetts Veteran's Memorial Cemetery
    1390 Main St.
    Agawam, Massachusetts
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    Thursday, November 21st, 2019

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Love, Sue & Eddie sent flowers to the family of Bruce L. Rapose.
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Love, Sue & Eddie

All our love to you Chris and all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Comment | Posted at 09:51pm via Floral Arrangements

Jim Beaumont

Bruce and I worked together for years on the F-15 PACS program. He was the very best to work with and the sharpest engineer on the program. He deserved to live a lot longer. I will miss him.
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Lynn Gonzalez

I am so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I worked with him on the F15 program and we became friends instantly. He was fun to be around and made people laugh everyday. I heard about his son and daughter who he loved dearly and shared in the joy of hearing about his grandchildren. One of the happiest times I remember was when he met Chris. They had something special and hesaid he was so lucky to meet her and gave her in his life. I am saddened to hear of his passing. I have spent the day thinking of him and I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

My deepest sympathy,
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