Christopher Kelly Rapp, 54, stormwater management regulatory engineer with the City of Virginia Beach

Christopher Kelly Rapp
Christopher Kelly Rapp

Christopher Kelly Rapp, P.E., tragically lost his life Friday, May 31, 2019.

A graduate of Green Run High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. Chris continued his education at Virginia Tech, earning a Master’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He started his engineering career at McKinney & Co. in Ashland. Then, in Henrico County, he worked at the Department of Public Utilities. Next, at Caroline County, he started as a deputy director, and then advanced to director of the Department of Public Works. Chris had long tenure as the director of Powhatan Department of Public Works. Later, he worked as director of Public Works for Stafford County. Most recently, he held the title of stormwater management regulatory engineer for the City of Virginia Beach.

Chris was gifted musically and especially loved playing the bagpipes and learning to play the piano. He was a member of the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums, St. Andrew’s Pipes & Drums and Tidewater Pipes & Drums in Virginia Beach. He served as vice president for the St. Andrew’s Society and the Filipino-American Association of Central Virginia (FAACV), both in Richmond. Chris enjoyed nature, biking and hiking. He loved line dancing, ballroom dancing and Filipino cultural dances and was a member of Kultura Pilipino group in Richmond.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bessie M. Rapp; parents, Michael D. and Patricia K. Rapp; brother, Timothy A. Rapp; brothers-in-law, Carmelo Mabutas (Linda), Albert Mabutas (Nelmy) and Edwin Mabutas (Mylene); sister-in-law, Delicia Monica Mabutas; nieces, Giana, Monica, Maricar, Meg, Michelle and Melissa; and nephews, Skyler, Matthew, Victor and E.J. His brother, Eric M. Rapp, preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 9, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, with inurnment to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Building Fund.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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