Edward J. Rapacky, Jr., 74 of Jensen Beach, Florida, formerly of Plainville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, March 6, 2023.
Ed was born on September 10, 1948, and was one of four children to the late Edward Rapacky, Sr. and Violet (Coons) Rapacky. A graduate of Plainville High School, he went on to work in the retail profession for Sears for more than 20 years, followed by a longtime career in customer service for local grocery chains, including Stop and Shop and Gnazzos. Upon retiring to Florida 10 years ago, he worked part time for Publix where his co-workers became his second family. A sports enthusiast and proud supporter of youth sports while he raised his family in Plainville, Ed was a football and baseball coach, and volunteer for the Pop Warner football league, serving as President and Vice President. His passion for hockey, staying up until 2:00 AM every night watching West Coast games, and the Hartford Whalers in particular (season Tix from beginning to end), was passed on to his son and grandsons, along with his love for the NY Yankees. A reliable, hard-working family-centric man with an infectious and charming personality, with never a negative word said about anyone. He enjoyed vacationing, frequenting Hawaii, and easily made friends wherever his travels took him. A devoted father, grandfather, brother and friend, he leaves a legacy of free-spiritedness, laughter, and love. He was especially proud to be the 4th generation to make Plainville his home and be able to see Grandsons doing well in school, and of course, excel in sports. He was especially fond of his granddaughter, whom he watched often. He will be missed. Love you Grandpa!
Ed is survived by his son, Edward Rapacky, III and his wife Tricia; his daughter, Kimberly Rapacky and John Walczak, Jr; his grandchildren, Eric, Eddie IV, Ethan, Jacqueline, John III, and Anthony; his sisters, Barbara Hunt (Gary) and Lorraine Rapacky (Luther); his nephew, Ryan Hunt and many friends. He was predeceased by his son, Eric, his brother Howard, and his former wife Jacqueline.
Ed’s love for sports may be remembered with contributions to the Plainville Colts Football and Cheer, PO Box 750, Plainville, CT 06062.
Family and friends may gather on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 5-7 p.m. at Plainville Funeral Home, 81 Broad St, Plainville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, meeting directly at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church. He will be laid to rest with his son following the Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, Plainville. For online expressions of sympathy, please visit www.PlainvilleFuneralHome.com
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