Joseph Raposa Jr., 87, of Portsmouth and Naples, Fla., died Friday, June 21, 2013, at Sakonnet Bay Manor in Tiverton. He was the husband of the late H. Marjorie (Finnegan) Raposa.
Born in Fall River on August 13, 1925, he was the son of the late Joseph Raposa and Florence (Oliver) Raposa.
Mr. Raposa attended BMC Durfee High School in Fall River. Before graduating from high school, he joined the Army and entered the Army Air Corps where he was trained as a pilot. After the military, he attended Brown University where he studied mechanical engineering. He was a Master Plumber and Master Pipefitter and became the owner of Montle Plumbing and Heating of Fall River. He was a member of the Plumbers Trade Union Local 51, formerly Local 77.
Joe was a positive role model for his family and considered time with them his top priority. He planned many memorable vacations to New Hampshire, the Cape, and Block Island with his family. He loved his time on the water aboard “The Hazel,” his 50-foot Chris Craft.
He loved traveling and visited Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America. His favorite country was Egypt, to which he returned several times. He celebrated his 85th birthday with polar bears at the Arctic Circle, and his 86th birthday was spent on safari in South Africa. He also had a passion for animals, and his beloved Standard Poodle “Paws” was always by his side.
He is survived by his sons, David J. Raposa and his wife Susan of Tiverton, Paul A. Raposa and his wife Eileen of Portsmouth, Robert D. Raposa and his wife Mary of Tiverton, Joseph O. Raposa of Portsmouth, Peter J. Raposa and his wife Coleen of Portsmouth, Stephen F. Raposa and his wife Donna of Acworth, Ga., and his daughter Nancy E. Raposa of Portsmouth. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lisa Millar, Denise Langfield, Louis Raposa, Nicholas Raposa, Colby Raposa, Eric Raposa, Jared Raposa, Michael Raposa and USMC LCpl Matthew Raposa; his great grandchildren Isabella and Charlotte Langfield; and his brother, Franklin D. Raposa of Tiverton.
He was preceded in death by his wife H. Marjorie Raposa and his brother John P. Raposa
Calling hours were Wednesday, June 26 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth.
His funeral was Thursday, June 27, at 9 a.m. from Connors Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. Burial will be in Newport Memorial Park in Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871.
Additional information available at www.memorialfuneralhome.com