San Francisco Chronicle - (Sunday)
Gerald Irving Rapoport
September 16, 1930 – April 20, 2021
Gerald (“Jerry”) Irving Rapoport, born September 16, 1930, passed away on April 20, 2021 after a brief illness. Jerry was born and raised in San Francisco, spent many years living in San Rafael and at the time of his passing lived with his wife of 17 years, Marilyn Rapoport in Castro Valley.
Jerry lived a wonderful life. He loved his collection of beautiful classic cars including Ferrari’s, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentleys, to name a few. He also loved flying his planes and driving his boats. He played trumpet professionally for many years in big bands at wonderful venues such as the Fairmont with likes of Rosemary Clooney. He also ran a successful wholesale electronics business Wresco for many years until he “retired” at 52. He then went on to start another business he was much more passionate about IRAP Auto Investments which really was his way to have as many cars to play with as possible. He had a love of automobiles that was unexplainable but brought him great joy over the years. He thoroughly enjoyed every bit of his life.
Jerry is survived by five children, Cherie McGrath, Lynne Blumenfeld (Michael Blumenfeld), Aaron
Rapoport (Linda Rapoport), Richard Rapoport (Denise Rapoport), Lissa Rapoport (John Freeman) and his step son, Brian Hoyt. Jerry was predeceased by his late wife, Irene, sister, Eleanor Grossman and his parents, Betty and Aaron Rapoport. Jerry also had seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren and treasured niece and nephew as well as many cherished friends.
A beautiful long life, well lived. There will not be a formal service as per Jerry’s wishes but his family encourages you to celebrate his life in small gatherings, listening to music that brings you joy. Any donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Dublin, 6377 Clark Avenue, Dublin, CA 94568.