Stephen Rappoport, 72


CRANSTON, R.I. – Stephen M. Rappoport, 74, died May 13, 2024, at home with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Ella (Smith) Rappoport for 38 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Norton and Selma (Pass) Rappoport, and lived in Cranston for 36 years, previously living in Warwick.

He was the devoted father of Jonathan Rappoport (Danielle) and Adam Rappoport (Jamie) both of Evanston, Illinois; and Lauren Rappoport Halloway (Mark) of North Attleboro, Massachusetts. He was the dear brother of Ronald Rappoport (Gloria) of Exeter; his identical twin, Harvey Rappoport (Lorraine) of Cranston; and Howard Rappoport of West Warwick. He was the fiercely loving grandfather of Ryan, Nathan, Jonah, Leo, Reese, Mila and Matthew. He was the loving pet dad to Brady and so many other beloved golden retrievers before him.

A larger-than-life presence known as “Rap” to many, he was an attorney for 50 years, most recently as senior partner at Rappoport, DeGiovanni & Caslowitz, Inc., where he practiced for more than three decades.

A member of the Rhode Island Bar Association since 1974, he was also a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1985 and the New Mexico State Bar since 1994.

Stephen was educated at Boston University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, Magna Cum Laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from The American University Washington College of Law in the District of Columbia in 1974. Stephen was also an Army reservist.

An avid golfer and New England sports fan, he gleefully attended all six Patriots Super Bowl Championships and waited 59 years to see his cherished Red Sox win a World Series, followed by four more over the next 15 years.

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