Dante Rapacioli of Garrison NY died surrounded by his family at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx after a long battle with cancer. He was only 54 years old.
Dante is survived by his daughter Alexis Rapacioli: his sisters Anna Maria Anstett and Judy Colamarino: his brother in laws who were more like brothers to him Stephen Anstett Jr and Michael Colamarino Sr., his nieces and nephews, Stephanie Cutaia(Frank), Stephen III(Lisa), Rina Maria (Sean), Michael Jr and Tommy. His grandniece Olive. Multiple Uncles and Aunts, cousins and numerous friends who were very close to him.
Dante was born on February 16, 1965. From the time of his birth he was given a battle to fight. He was born with Spina bifida. His parents Irene and Celestino Rapacioli made it their business to make sacrifices to insure he would live as normal a life as he could. And they did just that. He was taught to fight and persevere from birth.
Despite his health challenges he went on to be one of the most popular guys in High School. Loved by everyone he met. After High School he spent a few years working at Monument Printers in Peekskill. From there he decided he wanted to be a part of the family business. He worked in the family deli in the Bronx for several years. When the deli moved to Cold Spring NY, It was there that he made his next mark. He was there every morning by 5:30am. Well known for making the perfect cup of coffee for each and every person who walked through those doors. He knew every order by heart and had a personal connection to each and every loyal customer. Once the deli was sold, he did not stop there. He then became a part time investigator. He did this until he cold no longer work due to his health issues.
He also had a passion for hunting and fishing in his younger years. He loved all animals in particular he loved dogs and horses. He spent much of his later years at the barn with his daughter, watching her ride. He also loved to play lotto and daily numbers just like his predeceased Uncle Dominick.
Most of all he should be remembered as a giver. Even when he had nothing he found a way to share. He would help anyone who needed help. Even in the worst of his own times he would share. And it could have been sharing a laugh to make someone feel comfortable. He was one of a kind and touched everyone he met like no other.
Unfortunately in 2009 his health issues began to take him apart. He fought a long furious battle for 10 years. Not many people could fight the way he did, He did this for his pride and joy Alexis.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to his funeral. They want him to have the funeral he deserves and be laid to rest with his parents.