Herbert S. Rappaport (1926 – 2020)
Herbert Saul Rappaport, 94, passed away peacefully on March 20th, 2020 and was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Roslyn (Schreiber) at King Solomon Memorial Cemetery in Clifton, New Jersey. Before moving to Massachusetts in June 2019, he resided in Boynton Beach, Florida; in Verona, NJ and in East Orange, NJ.
Herb was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and cousin. The cherished Dad of Jeffrey, and his wife Marcy, of Acton, MA; and of Mark, and his wife Patti, of Washington Township, NJ. “Poppie” is survived by his grandchildren: Brian Rappaport & Christina Dykes, and great-granddaughter, Sophia; and Nicole and her husband James Gonser; and his many nieces and nephews.
Herb was born in New York City on February 16th, 1926 to the late Etta (Lasky) Rappaport; ‘little brother’ to his late beloved sisters, Hermina and Natalie. Due to the difficult economic times, he went to live with his Aunt Carrie & Uncle Abe Remstein in Newark, NJ. There, he attended Weequahic High School and graduated in 1944.
That year, at age 18, Herb enlisted in the United States Army. He completed his basic training in Georgia and was ultimately stationed at Ft. Dix, NJ. He served as a Private in the 14th Antiaircraft Battalion and was a revered member of “Our Greatest Generation”.
In 1949, Herb graduated from New York University’s School of Commerce, having successfully earned his college degree while working nights & weekends as a Messenger for the United Nations. He and Roslyn were introduced to one another at the Jersey shore and were married on May 28th, 1950. They began their family in East Orange, upon making their home in a duplex beside Roslyn’s parents, the late David & Mary Schreiber.
Herb worked as a Sales Manager for Krich & Associates of Newark, the premier distributor of RCA Victor entertainment products and Whirlpool appliances in the NY/NJ area. He was successful in every aspect of his job and was consistently recognized with numerous sales excellence awards. Herb also excelled in his Sales Management positions at D.J. Mytelka in Scotch Plains, NJ; and at Reitman Industries and Shop-Rite Liquors, both in W. Caldwell, NJ.
In Verona, Herb distinguished himself in service to the community by running for the Verona Town Council in 1967; and served as President of the Verona Little League in 1968 and 1969. Herb was most proud to be an active and respected leader at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Verona, which later became Congregation Beth Ahm. He was appointed President of Beth Ahm and, in May 1994, he was honored by its members with a reception at the Richfield Regency.
In Boynton Beach, Herb was recognized for his service as an Emergency Response Manager for his community at Tuscany Bay.
Herb graciously shared the gift of his “values” – Family, Faith, Home and Traditions – with his family, extended family and friends. He blessed all of us with his heart, which was filled with compassion, charity, kindness, strength and warmth. He is missed dearly by all whom he touched.
Donations in Herb’s memory to the following or to the charity of your choice will be appreciated:
Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect Street, Acton, MA 01720 www.bethelohim.org
Congregation Shomrei Torah, 30 Hinchman Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470 www.shomreitorahwcc.org
There will be a Memorial Service in celebration of Herb’s 94 years, at a time when it is safe to do so.