Little League® International remembers Eduard Rapuano, Sr., a Little League East Region volunteer and umpire for 50 years, who officiated games in the 1990 Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He was 83.
In 1988 and 1989, Mr. Rapuano umpired in the Senior League Baseball World Series played in Kalamazoo, Michigan. One year later (1990), he was selected to officiate the Little League Baseball World Series.
Locally, he also held several different positions with Annex YMA Little League, in New Haven, Connecticut, including time as League President.
Mr. Rapuano, a native of New Haven, resided in East Haven at the time of his passing. He was employed by G.L. Gray Metal Fabrication for many years before assuming the positions of accountant and bookkeeper with the Credit Bureau of Connecticut, retiring in 2000. He also worked for more than 20 years at the East Haven Memorial Longobardi–Brennan Funeral Home as an attendant and assistant to the director.
A Little League Baseball umpire for more than 50 years, Mr. Rapuano also officiated high school and collegiate baseball. He retired in 2016.
One of Mr. Rapuano’s sons, Ed Jr., was a Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire from 1990-2012. He is currently an umpire supervisor for MLB.
Mr. Rapuano is survived by sons, Edward, Michael, and Vincent; daughter, Patricia; girlfriend, Bernadette; sister, Marie; 12 grandchildren, and eight grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife, Anna; parents, Edward and Eleanor; and stepfather, Louis.