Nicholas "Pop" Rapheal

Born in Peabody, MA on September 2, 1929

Departed on November 7, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Nicholas “Pop” Rapheal passed on to his heavenly reward on the evening of November 7, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was eighty-seven.

Nicholas served his country proudly during the Korean War in the United States Army. He was most proud of his courageous and sacrificial service and this was seconded only to the pride he took in his family. His love of family was always clear and apparent.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Rapheal; brother, Barney; sister, Ethel; wife, Marguerite; and the mother of his children, Juanita Rapheal Hale. Mr. Rapheal is survived by his son, Nick (Jacque) Rapheal; daughters, Connie Rapheal Brown, Tammy (Bob) Sircy, Jennifer Hunt; a host of grand and great-grandchildren; and sister, Dessie (William) Kopka.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Rapheal’s honor to the Hendersonville V.F.W. Post 9851 Veterans Food Pantry, 73R New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Please be sure to note your donation in memory of Nicholas Rapheal.

The family will receive friends Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. with a Celebration of Life following visitation at 6:00 p.m. All will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Inurnment will take place privately at a later date in Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

6 Comments to Nicholas "Pop" Rapheal

  1. Nick Rapheal
    November 10, 2016 2:18 pm

    These pictures are reminders of how Pop felt about his family. Even though he did not often say, “I love you.” everyone knew how much he cared about our family.

  2. Mike Ryan
    November 10, 2016 3:42 pm


    Your father was obviously a special man! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Susan Tittle Whitefield
    November 10, 2016 10:47 pm

    This is a very precious and memorable video. It really shows the love that was there for all of you. He may not be with you here on earth any longer, but you will meet again one day. Thoughts and prayers with you and the family.

  4. Debbie Parks
    November 11, 2016 10:08 am

    So special to see all these family pictures. I will never forget the day of my wedding 7.8.95 and looking out and seeing him there with my mom…She was beaming…and having all of them together in NH and all the stories they shared and smiles that day. Incredible to capture the memories of how important family was and is. My sympathy to you all for your loss. His laugh and smile will be with me always.

  5. Doreen O'Kane
    November 11, 2016 5:21 pm

    So proud of Uncle Nick and all that he did to enhance the lives of the people around him. He was always a joker. A sentimental, soft hearted man to the core. Although he lived in Tennessee, and his siblings did not, they were always with him and he with them. He always stayed in touch the “old fashioned” way, by writing letters and sending cards, always with a personal note inside. He loved his brother (my father) and his two sisters in a very obvious yet unspoken way. When he would write to me, he would always send a blessing and ask me to watch over them for him. He always wanted the best for everyone.
    I share the loss with those who were closest to him. I do however know, that he is with his true love, his brother and his sister, telling jokes, sharing stories and making them laugh. I know, because he wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Love you Uncle Nicky,

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