Dennis J. Raposa
Band leader, Musician and Railroad Enthusiast
Dennis J. (Rap) Raposa, 63, of Warren, RI died unexpectedly at home on Friday, November 12, 2021. He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Kathleen (Kathy) Raposa. He also leaves his parents John and Barbara Raposa and his sister Donna Byers, all of Oviedo, Florida, a niece Stephanie Carter of North Carolina, his uncle Paul (Kathy) Raposa of East Providence, his brother-in-law Robert (Chris) Silva of Barrington, niece Nicole Silva, nephew Ryan Silva also of Barrington and his lifelong friend and band mate Manuel Ignacio of Bristol.
He began his career as a draftsman at Martin-Copeland Eyewear and for the last 22 years was a senior project engineer at Cadence Science in Cranston,RI.
Dennis has been a member of the Portuguese Independent Club Band since 1967 and has been leader of the band for the past 28 years. An accomplished musician, he also played in New Era Big Band, Sophisticated Swing, Swansea Community Musicians, Senhor da Pedra Band of New Bedford MA and numerous other local community bands.
Dennis was a railroad enthusiast and loved to travel with his wife via rail throughout the United States and Canada.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10 AM, at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Ave., Warren, RI. Burial to follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol, RI. Due to Covid precautions, calling hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Avenue, Warren, RI 02885. For online condolences, shared memories, information and direction go to www.sansonefuneralhome.com
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St. Thomas The Apostle Church
500 Metacom Avenue, Warren RI 02885