William H. Racca

Date of Passing:

December 21, 2017

Racca, William H. “Bill”, 87, of Primrose Drive, Riverside, died peacefully on December 21, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Margaret A. (Reilly) Racca.

Born in Providence, a son of the late James and Eugenia T. (Quadri) Racca, he lived in Riverside for 59 years.

Mr. Racca was senior electrical engineer at Raytheon Inc. for 35 years before retiring in 1992.

William was a communicant of St. Brendan Church and had numerous patents issued in his name.

Mr. Racca was a United States Marine Corps Veteran serving during the Korean War.

Besides his wife of 60 years, he is survived by two daughters, Kathleen M. Bonanno of Riverside and Kristine M. Murray and her husband Michael of Riverside; two sons, James K. Racca and his wife Janice of Meriden, CT and Edward F. Racca and wife Susanne of Warwick; eight grandchildren, Nicholas, Melissa, Matthew, Devin, Brittany, Bradford, Stephanie and Nicole and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Rose and her husband Eric. He was the father of the late Joseph T. Racca and Michael Racca.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday December 27, 2017, from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Tuesday 5-8 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Bill’s memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Springfield, 516 Carew St., Springfield MA 01104 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. I’m very sorry to hear of Mr. Racca’s passing. I’m glad I got to visit. My condolences to the entire Racca family.

  2. Bill hired me at Raytheon in 1967. He was a great boss and a great man. I was a better person for having known Bill. My condolences to his family

  3. Peg and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your children.

    Joyce Sousa

  4. Dear Peg and family,
    Sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. As you know, we were boyhood friends and I have fond memories of when we were ” growing up. ” I enjoyed seeing both of you over many years in my office, as you were more than patients. Bill will be in my daily prayers.
    Sincere sympathy,
    John and Rachel Puleo

  5. Dear Peg and family, My heart goes out to you in sympathy and thankful to have met Bill. His intelligence shone through and you became family to me. Your memories will always be there and so happy the picture of him is with a huge smile. Wish you all the best, Rosalie

  6. Dear Peg and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Loved One. Cherish all your wonderful memories.

  7. Jim – I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May you find comfort in the fond memories of him that surround you. Deepest sympathy to the Racca Family.

  8. Jim and Family – Our thoughts are with you and his spirit will always be around and you never know when that spirit will show up!

  9. We are very sorry for your loss.

  10. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends. May all your good memories far exceed your sadness during this difficult time. (Isaiah 25:8)

  11. Chris I’m sorry to have heard the news about your dad, although I’ve never met him if you raised you than he must of been an amazing person. Your a strong person with a lot of friends and family you’ll get through this tough time with their help. See you soon, and again my condolences to you and your family.

  12. My deepest condolences to the Racca family and friends. I remember Mr Racca from being in the Boy Scouts at Troop 10 with Jim and Ed. Semper Fi Mr Racca.

  13. Mrs Racca, jimmy, eddy, Kathy, kris…I was so sorry to hear about your dad. I think back of all the memories on the porch just hanging out watching your dad coming home from “western auto”. He was one of our original neighborhood fathers. I will truly miss him.

  14. My condolences go out to you and your family Chrissy.

  15. I knew Bill for over 40 years, having worked with him at Raytheon. A perfect gentleman with a perpetual smile, he was well liked by everyone. We will miss him.

  16. Kris, our deepest sympathies for yours and your family’s loss… the sparkle in your eyes when you talked about your dad, I’m sure will continue, which will keep him alive in your heart FOREVER… may he rest in peace

  17. Kris, Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your dad. Love and peace to you and your family. Buca and Steve

  18. I am lost without you Dad. I love you!

  19. Uncle Bill, you will be greatly missed by all of the Hyde’s. Such fond memories growing up of our two families together. What a wonderful man you were. Our thoughts, hugs, love and prayers to Peg and the entire family. With great sorrow and love.

  20. Jim, Ed and families…so very sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  21. The memory of Bill will never fade. He was a man who had a great deal of influence on my career growth and success at Raytheon. My life was blessed to know him.

  22. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I worked for and with him for many years at Raytheon, one of the really good guys. My sincere sympathy to his wife and family.

  23. Bill was great kind person I worked with him at Raytheon my deepest sorry to the entire family

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