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“We are so so sorry for your loss. We just heard about your dad. From just meeting him those few times he was an awesome guy. God bless him. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Michael Prizio - Saugus, MA

“Hard to believe the loss of another Bain Rd gentleman! Mr. Rappa was always that! Remembering days at Pine Acreas Beach! Fondly, Linda Cotter Burke ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“Henry, hard to believe you are gone. Missed you over the years but am glad you were happy! Rest in peace cousin. Our threesome is now one. You will...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Joyce Hudson - Saugus, MA

“To Henrys Family Just Want To Say How Sad I Was To Hear Of Henrys Passing.What A Great Guy.Just Talking To Henry Around Town And His Big Smile...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Ernie Karelas - Melrose, MA

“It won't be the same pulling into our driveway at the Cape without your laughter and smile greeting us. Peaceful journey my favorite neighbor. Dave &...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: David Fisher - Northborough, MA

“We are all sadden for you loss! Henry was a gracious and loving man. Our family will always remember his warm smile and loving heart❤God bless...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Tara Surabian - Shreesbury, MA

“Henry, Cristin, Caroline, Lauren and Kevin,We are thinking of you at this sad time. May God give you strength as you endure this journey. With love...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Lela Shiferaw - Fremont, CA


Henry A. Rappa Sr., a Melrose resident for 50 years, died July 16, 2017 at the age of 73. Henry was born in Revere, MA on April 10, 1944 to Henry & Marie (Vigliotti) Rappa. He was raised in Revere and attended vocational school in Everett. Henry loved cars and spent 35 years working as an auto mechanic for Broadway Motor Service. After retiring, Henry began a second career, spanning nineteen years, as a valued assistant at his son's Melrose law office, always greeting clients with a smiling face. Henry loved spending time at his home on Cape Cod, particularly enjoying family time while boating on nice summer days. He also was an avid Red Sox fan attending many games both at Fenway Park and in Florida where he enjoyed an annual spring training trip with his son. He enjoyed many years with his dog Baxter. However, the greatest passion in Henry's life was his three grandchildren who provided him with endless joy. He was their "Papa", and he cherished every moment with them. He was a true family man, and will be greatly missed by all those he left behind. Henry was the beloved husband of the late Carol (Lavoie) Rappa. Loving father of Henry A. Rappa Jr. & his wife Cristin of Melrose and the late Kevin J. Rappa. Devoted grandfather of Caroline, Lauren, and Kevin. Visiting Hours will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 5-8 PM. Funeral Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9 AM, followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St., Melrose. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Henry's memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.