2012-01-26 / Obituaries


Richard L. Rapp, age 88, of Brewster, died Monday January 23, 2012, in Carmel after a long illness.

Mr. Rapp was born March 7, 1923, in the Bronx, son of the late Frederick and Lillian (Benner) Rapp. Mr. Rapp moved to Carmel in 1932 and graduated from Purdys High School in 1941. He served in with the Army’s 1252nd Army Air Force Base Unit as a staff sergeant from 1943 to 1946. When he returned home he received his B.S. from Springfield College, his Masters and his Professional Diploma in Administration from Columbia University.

On September 1, 1947, he married Rita O’Hara in St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster. They lived in Brewster and Mr. Rapp started his teaching career in Garden Street School in 1949. He eventually became the second elementary school principal in Brewster until 1969 when he left to become the principal at Brookside Elementary School in Yorktown, where he worked until retiring in 1973.

He was a co-owner of Scout Realty in Brewster and for 19 years was the Town Justice for the Town of Southeast and Town Councilman. Mr. Rapp was also a member and past President of the Brewster Lions Club, life member of Putnam Fish and Game Assoc., member of the Brewster VFW Post #672, life member of the NYS Magistrates Assoc., past board member of Green Chimneys School, Putnam County Board of Realtors, Brewster Library and Brewster Boy Scouts. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved his vegetable garden and enjoyed cooking.

Besides his wife Rita he is survived by his two sons, Richard Rapp (Kathleen) of Brewster, and Michael Rapp (Mary Beth) of Pawling; a sister, Madeline Schneckner of Denver, Colo.; and two grandchildren, Christina and Kevin Cody. He was predeceased by his brothers Frederick and Robert Rapp.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Beecher Funeral Home 1 Putnam Ave. in Brewster, NY, at 10:30 a.m. Internment will follow in St. Lawrence O’Toole Cemetery in Brewster. Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Beecher Funeral Home. Contributions in his memory may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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