Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Steve W. Rapoza

Steve W. Rapoza

Steve W. Rapoza, age 59, of Brockton,
died Wednesday July 20, 2016 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.
He was the loving husband of Susan L. (Harris) Rapoza.
Born in New Bedford,  Steve was the son of
Donald and Jean (Roderiques) Rapoza
of Dartmouth.  He was raised in both New Bedford and Brockton,
and was a graduate of Brockton High School. Steve was a loving
husband, father, son and brother.  He passionately loved his children
and took great pride in their accomplishments.
Today they are all committed to Jesus, following his
example of putting Christ first.  He was most proud of that.
Steve loved music of all kinds. Cars, clothes and fashion
were also at the top of his list. If he wasn’t shopping for himself,
he was shopping for someone else.  He was a kind, compassionate man
who was a loving, giving friend to many.
Most of all, Steve loved to sing, and was a talented vocalist.
He sang in bands from the time he was a young boy, but his greatest joy
came when he was able to sing in church for the Lord.
He was involved in Easter Musicals, Choir and Solo Ministry.
He always said singing for the Lord was the greatest blessing of all.
Nothing compared. Music was the language of Steve’s soul….
He strived for excellence in all that he did.
He always believed you should give God your best, and he did!
Steve is also survived by his children,
Nicole Jones of Bridgewater, Rayce, Bryce, Blake
and Layla Rapoza all of Brockton; two sisters 
Diane Rapoza of New Bedford and Wendy Rapoza of Jamaica Plain; 
nieces Jean Marie and Lisa Marie Guzman both of New Bedford, and great nieces and nephews Donald Guzman, Justin Neves, Naji Shabazz, Hayley Febus and Aliza Muniz all of New Bedford.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Brockton Assembly of God Church, 199 Warren Avenue, Brockton, at 10:30am.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Death Changes Everything....

Samuel Philip Andrews


Samuel Philip Andrews

March 5, 2002 -
 May 11, 2016

Samuel P. Andrews, 14, of Hanson died on May 11, 2016.
 Sam was the loving son of Philip J. Andrews of Hanson, Melissa M. Andrews and her partner Jared Royse of Chelmsford. He also leaves behind his loving sister, Abigail Andrews of Hanson, and his younger siblings, Logan Gonyea, Ella and Jay Royse of Chelmsford.  In addition to his parents and siblings, he is survived by his grandmothers, Phyllis M. Andrews of Hanson, Sandra Andrade of  New Bedford and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was born March 5, 2002. Sammy was an 8th grader at Hanson Middle School.  He was a rambunctious boy that loved riding ATVs, dirt bikes and an occasional lawn mower.  He took many family trips to Vermont. Most recently he went on an RV trip across the Southwest states. As most kids his age, he liked playing video games, hanging out with his friends and country music. He was known to have an ungoverned sense of humor. He was happy and proud to be a trusted helper to his grandmother and especially being rewarded with a brownie (without nuts) or a very large bowl of ice cream. Sammys presence brought true joy to everyone who loved him, a sensitive soul who asked for so little but gave so very much.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, May 15, from 2-6 p.m. in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Rte. 58 at the rotary), Whitman. His funeral service will be held Monday, May 16, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel.

Following the service, Sammy will be laid to rest beside his Grandpa at Fern Hill Cemetery in Hanson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sams honor to

Doitforsam Facebook

"Do It For Sam" 5K Walk


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Frederic FitzSimmons


Frederic FitzSimmons

September 6, 1927 - May 2, 2016

FRANKLIN - Frederic J FitzSimmons of Franklin, Vermont passed away peacefully on
May 2, 2016 with his family at his side. 

He was born in Dorchester, MA on September 6, 1927. He was the son of Julia Coveney FitzSimmons and Edward Joseph FitzSimmons. He is predeceased by his sisters Marie McFadden, and Joan Stinson, his brothers Richard Seton FitzSimmons, Paul FitzSimmons, and
his granddaughter Julia Eldora FitzSimmons. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Audrey Vivian FitzSimmons of Franklin VT, his sister Celestine Gookin of Norton, Massachusetts and his nine children. Susan and Dan Burns of Enosburg, VT Carol and Richard Fontina of Mars Hill, Maine, Michael and Jane FitzSimmons of Brockton, MA, Ann and William Tucker of Middleboro, MA, James FitzSimmons and his partner Lisa Wong of West Bridgewater, MA, Joseph and Jennifer FitzSimmons of Swanton, VT, Julia FitzSimmons Chartier of Northampton, MA, Janet and Paul Wells of Enosburg, VT, and Mary FitzSimmons and her friend Rick Bence of Swansea, MA. He was also was the proud Grandpa of 37 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins that he has faithfully kept in touch with.

He entered the Marines at the age of 16 and served his country in World War Two in the occupation of Japan in Chi Chi Jima. He was in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment of the USMC. He was honorably discharged on August 21, 1946.

Daddy married Audrey Baker on July 7, 1950 and they have enjoyed 65 years together. They spent their early years raising their family in Brockton, MA and retired to Franklin, VT in 1990.

He was a member of Local #276 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters of Brockton, MA where he was a Steamfitter for his working years. He was also a member of Local #51 of Providence RI. 

Daddy’s character can only be described as strong, brutally honest, lover of family and his country, polite at all times but, at the same time able to be forthright and stand up for any injustice.
He loved his country and proudly flew the US flag outside his home on the flag pole he
made himself out of polished steel.

Family always came first to Daddy. He and Mama hosted Sunday dinner for anyone who could come, through all the years of their married life. That’s a lot of roast beef dinners! It was always the safest and happiest gathering place for all of us.

Daddy was an avid reader, lover of the Boston Herald newspaper, politics, the New England Patriots and FOX news. He enjoyed gardening, and planting trees. The trees surrounding his Franklin home were planted as saplings in the early 1990’s and he had the privilege of seeing them mature to lofty heights. He was a staunch Republican and a member of the NRA and the Heritage Foundation. 

He and his wife enjoyed many trips with his fellow war Veterans travelling to Gettysburg, PA., and Washington DC, spending time together and honoring their fallen comrades.
This was very important to him. 

For the last weeks of his life as he adjusted to the reality of his diagnosis and the time he had left, he demonstrated tremendous humility, strength and grace. Letting his nine children and extended family care for him. He was never without a smile for each of us.
He continued to be his witty and playful self, surprising us with his keen sense of all that was going on.
So much so that we were able to laugh and cry with him.
We even enjoyed writing down all the funny things he said which we will fondly refer to as “Fredisms!”

Most importantly, we would like to share that after Daddy received a visit from a priest at UVM Medical Center, he was able to say that he was in a “state of grace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and that it felt like Christmas”. He was at peace with God, his face visibly displaying serenity and happiness.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM the East Franklin Union Church, 4610 Lake Road/Vermont Route 120, East Franklin with Rev. Jason McConnell officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the East Franklin Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 5-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. 

For those who wish, contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.

God's Garden

God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
And saw your tired face.

He put His arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine.”

It broke our hearts to lose you
But you did not go alone…
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
 Author: unknown

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mary M. Chassey (Trynasty)


Mary M. Chassey (Trynasty)

of Brockton passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday April 10, 2016 at the age of 67. She was the beloved wife of Craig S. Chassey. Daughter of the late Frank and Jennie (Nickolauk) Trynasty. Sister of Irene Trynasty of Brockton, Kathy Rogers of Plymouth, and Peter Oneglia of NJ.  Aunt of Derek, Peter, Michael, and Kathlyn.  Mary was formerly employed at Avecia Bio-Tech in Milford, the American Red Cross in Dedham, and the Goddard Hospital in Stoughton. She enjoyed working with computers and loved  to vacation by the ocean in Newport, RI. Mary loved all kinds of animals and is survived by her cat Pucci and her dog Pikacua.  
Visiting hours will be held in the Sampson-Hickey-Grenier Funeral Home 309 Main St., Brockton on Thursday 5-8 PM. Services will be held in the Funeral Home on Friday at 10AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Internment Coweeset Cemetery, Brockton

April 14, 2016

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sampson-Hickey-Grenier Funeral & Cremation Service 
Brockton, MA
April 15, 2016

11:00 AM
Sampson-Hickey-Grenier Funeral & Cremation Service 
Brockton, MA

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rae Bakka


Rae Bakka

December 7, 1927 - November 9, 2015

Rae Bakka, a longtime resident, died Monday,

Nov. 9,2015 
at Golden Living Center-Oak Hill 

in Middleboro. 
Rae was born December 7, 1927,

in Boston, daughter of 
Charles and Helen Franz.

She was raised with 3 sisters, 
May Allen, Helen Hanson,

Claire Forbes, and a brother, John Allen, 
all of

whom predeceased her.

Rae married the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Bakka,

in 1951. 
He preceded her in death July 30, 2000,

leaving her broken hearted. 
She had several lifelong

friends, her closest, Dotty Glassford 
passed away

unexpectedly this past February.

Rae's door was always open to family, friends and

she loved to entertain.

Rae liked crafts, puzzles, 
and painting, but her favorite

pastime was watching old black 
and white movies.

She loved the dancing. She became an 
immediate fan

of Dancing With the Stars. Rae also had a 

tremendous love

for animals. 
She is survived by several nieces,

nephews, great-nieces,

and great-nephews who are scattered from 

Massachusetts to Florida.  

At her request, there were no services. 

was buried with Bob at the 

Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne,

November 10, 2015. 

Published in The Enterprise on Nov. 18, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mark J. Chassey "Ben"

In Loving Memory of

Mark J. Chassey


August 15, 1960 - October 22, 2015
Mark J. Chassey Obituary

Mark John Chassey, "Ben",of Brockton,

passed suddenly on Thursday,

October 22, 2015 at the age of 55. Mark was a lifelong resident of

Brockton. He was a retired truck driver for F. W. Webb, Brockton.

 His passions included fishing and automotive repair. He is

survived by his wife, Jennifer Crosby of Brockton; mother Joan

Foster Chassey; father Phillip Chassey II and wife Paulette of

Taunton, and three brothers: Phillip Chassey III and wife Debra of

East Bridgewater, Craig Chassey and wife Mary of Brockton, and

Christopher Chassey and wife Julianne, and a niece Kathlyn

of San Antonio, Texas.

-At the request of the Chassey family, the wake and funeral will be private - 


October 28, 2015
Jennifer and Chassey Family, So Sorry for your Loss. Noreen O'Driscoll (Julieann's Sister)
October 28, 2015
We are so very sorry to hear about Mark's passing. You will be in our thoughts
October 26, 2015
You will be greatly missed my friend . R.I.P. Ben
October 26, 2015
Rest in Peace my friend, Rest in Peace, Kenny Belcher
October 25, 2015
Uncle Ben u was the only father figure I had as a kid . We had so much great memories together.
U had a great impact in my life. You showed me how to do the right thing how to be a man.
My heart is crushed losing you. I will never forget our memories together all the great times we had.
U will never be forgotten. I love you with all my heart Uncle Ben Your nephew Alan
October 25, 2015

For my Uncle Mark

Sadly missed along life's way,
quietly remembered every day...
No longer in our life to share,
but in our hearts, you're always there.

I love and will miss you Uncle Mark.
October 25, 2015
Aunt Janet
October 25, 2015
They say it takes a minute to find something special in a person,
an hour to appreciate them, and a day to love them,
but it takes an entire lifetime to forget them.

You will be missed just be sure to have the Nova ready and we shall ride together again. Love always
October 25, 2015
October 25, 2015
You are in my heart forever .


One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along
the beach with Lord.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed two sets of
footprints in the sand,

One belonged to him and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
He looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life,
there was only one set of footprints.  He also noticed
that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him, and he questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome
times of my life, 
there is only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why, when I needed
You most, You would leave me.”
The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you.

During your times of trial and suffering,
When you see only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”