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Harold E. Rapin, second-generation funeral director Jan. 22, 1919 -- Nov. 6, 2007

Harold E. Rapin, a second-generation funeral director, died Tuesday in St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. He was 88.

From 1945 to 1981, Mr. Rapin owned and managed Rapin Funeral Home, which was founded in 1913 by his father, Edward. The business formerly was located at Genesee Street and Pine Hill Road and is now located on Kensington Avenue in Amherst and is an affiliate of Dietrich Funeral Home.

Born in Cheektowaga, Mr. Rapin lived there all of his life before moving to Bowmansville five years ago. He graduated from Pine Hill High School in 1938 and from Simmons School of Mortuary Science in 1940. During World War II, he was an Army sergeant who trained carrier pigeons.

He was a member and past president of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association and Pine Hill Businessmen's Association, a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, a past director of First Federal Savings and Loan Association, a member for more than 60 years and past master of C.W. Cushman Lodge 879, F&AM, and a founder and lifetime member of the Buffalo Racing Pigeon Association.

His wife, the former Jane Benz, died in 1990.

He is survived by two sons, David B. and Keith E.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Dietrich Funeral Home, 2480 Kensington Ave., Amherst.


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