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Alfred Rapa was born in Ghajnsielem, Gozo, Malta on December 11, 1953, and passed into eternity on October 22, 2019 under the loving care of his family in Manteca, California at the age of 65.
Preceded in death by his father Loreto Rapa, father-in-law Eucharistic Buhagiar and niece Claire Farrugia, Alfred is survived by his mother Antonia; his wife of 45 years Mary Rose; their children: David (Stephanie), Mark (Dorianne), Matthew, and Lizette (Eric Smith); their grandchildren: Carson, Preston, Brayden, Angelica and Maks; his siblings: Assunta (Carmel Attard), Josephine (Stephen Farrugia), Emanuel (Theresa), and Catherine (Joseph Mercieca); mother-in-law Rose Buhagiar, brothers-in-law: Joseph (Susan), Lino (Gerilyn), Raymond (Tarita) and Chris (Maria Elena); seventeen nieces, six nephews and numerous cousins.
In life, “Freddy” (as he was known to most) was a multi-talented artist, artisan, entertainer and businessman. His many achievements in music, theater and painting garnered him both international and local recognition. Professionally, Freddy channeled his natural gift for architectural design, passion for working with his hands and tireless work ethic into his company Rapa Homes, crafting beautifully unique living spaces throughout Northern California for over 30 years. Freddy treasured his Catholic faith, sharing his magnificent singing voice in service to his Lord and community as cantor at Presentation Church in Stockton, California for many years.
Through it all, Freddy’s family was his pride and joy. Together with his beloved Mary Rose, they raised a family based in love, faith, creativity, industry and a deep appreciation for both his native Malta and their longtime home in the United States. Freddy’s sense of adventure and engaging personality endeared him to many, and he will be deeply missed by his significant community of family and friends.
P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the Rapa Family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.plfryandson.com. A Rosary will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 4:00pm, with visitation beginning at 1:00pm through 4:00pm. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be held at 11:00am on Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Manteca, California. Committal will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Escalon, CA.
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St. Anthony's Catholic Church
505 E. North Street, Manteca CA 95337