John B. Rapose

Nov 30, 2012
John B. Rapose

Owls Head — John B. Rapose, 93, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Togus Springs Hospice Unit, following a brief period of declining health.

Born in Taunton, Mass., April 3, 1919, he was the son of Anthony and Maria Braga Rapoza. He was a 1936 graduate of Coyle High School in Taunton.

Following high school, Mr. Rapose enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Sampson, N.Y. where he was assigned to the Gilmore Unit, serving as Assistant Company Commander. He later moved to Boston then to Ft. Kyler, N.Y. where he served with the New York Harbor Patrol. Moving on to Key West, Fla., Mr. Rapose served aboard a sub-chaser in the Pacific. Following the decommissioning of that sub-chaser he was stationed to the USS Camberra C.A. 70. He was serving aboard that ship when it was torpedoed off the coast of Formosa, losing 21 of his shipmates. The ship was sent to Boston for repairs following which it was sent to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Rapose was ultimately discharged from that ship when it was ‘moth-balled’ at Pier 4 in San Francisco. More recently Mr. Rapose has enjoyed attending annual anniversary gatherings of the USS Camberra C.A. 70 and C.A. 2.

On Oct. 22, 1940, Mr. Rapose married Josephine Medeiros in Somerset, Mass. Together they made their home in Irvington, N.J. where Mr. Rapose worked with Pep Boy’s Automotive and for one year with CO2 Fire Equipment Company in Newark. Since 1982, Mr. and Mrs. Rapose have enjoyed wintering in Florida. Mrs. Rapose passed away in 2009.

Following the war, Mr. Rapose lived for a brief time in Gardiner where he worked with Augusta Supply Company. In 1947 he moved to Rockland where he began employment with the former Crie Hardware, eventually becoming manager and working with that company for 22 years.

In 1967 Mr. Rapose opened Rapose True Value Hardware on Main Street in Rockland which he operated until his retirement in 1982.

For many years Mr. Rapose was an active member of the Rockland Chamber of Commerce. He held the longest standing membership with the Rockland Lodge of Elks with more than 65 years of participation. He is also a senior member, past president, and past lieutenant governor of the Rockland Kiwanis Club, past grand knight and past district deputy with the Knights of Columbus; as well as a member of the Rockland VFW Memorial Post No. 2499, and Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post No. 1, Rockland. He has also held membership with the Eagles Lodge and Royal Order of the Moose in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Predeceased by his wife, and his siblings, Joseph Rapoza, Dorothy Manoun, Genevieve Silva,  Elsie Souza; Mr. Rapose is survived by his three daughters, Jacqueline R. Raye and her companion Gary M. Leach of Union, Claudia Ann Peterson of Greenville, S.C., Mary Rapose of Owls Head; seven grandchildren, Douglas Raye of Cushing, Melisa McMahan of Thomaston, Theresa Gibson, Thomas Peterson both of Greenville, S.C., John Conway, Corey Conway both of Rockland, Josie Knowles of Dover-Foxcroft; 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Togus Springs Hospice Unit, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330. To share a memory or condolence with Mr. Rapose’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at

Comments (4)
Posted by: Claire Florence Seekins | Dec 03, 2012 10:44

We always had a good time with John at the Elk's as well as the Legion, he always made it for sign up no matter if the pot was gone or not, He enjoyed all the dinner functions, and always loved the food. He had a great sence of humor, and could always laugh at a good joke. We will miss our little man very much R.I.P. My Friend.


Posted by: JOCELYN WILCOX | Dec 02, 2012 11:51

I too worked for John Rapose, many many moons ago while working at Crie Hardware.  Gruff exterior, hiding a marshmallow heart. My condolences to all the family

Posted by: Jennie Demmons | Dec 01, 2012 13:52

We used to go in his store all the time. he was a great man.. Will miss seeing you at Applebees' too John!! R.I.P John

Posted by: Edwin Ecker | Dec 01, 2012 09:52

I worked for John ,back in the day, and knew his family.He was a strong leader and a fair and kind person.

You will be missed by many.

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