Joseph Rapisarda, 91, died May 12, at Waterbury Hospital.

He was born Feb. 25, 1922, in the Bronx, N.Y., the son of the late Gaetano and Beatrice (Bonadanno) Rapisarda.

He worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II.

He moved to Wolcott in 1956 and became active in the Wolcott Democratic Party during the 1960s. He was a retired mechanic from United Auto Sales in Waterbury.

He was a freelance photographer for the Waterbury Republican newspaper, most notably covering the JFK visit to Waterbury's Elton Hotel.

He enjoyed trap shooting at Bristol Fish and Game and was an avid citizens' band radio operator. One of his favorite hobbies was building and flying remote airplanes.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sylvia (Brandinger) Rapisarda; his daughter Sandra, and her husband, Joseph Vige, of Naugatuck; a son, Gary Rapisarda, and Christine Mard, of Waterbury; a sister, Minna Hebert, of Washington Depot; three grandchildren, Robert DiZinno, of North Haven, Steven DiZinno, of Oakville, and Dianna DiZinno, of Bethlehem; and five great-grandchildren, Anthony, Nicholas, Dominic and Brandon DiZinno and Amanda Famigiletti. He was predeceased by two brothers, Salvatore and Gaetano "Jim" Rapisarda.

The DellaVecchia Funeral Home in Wolcott was in charge of arrangements.

Burial was at Edgewood Cemetery in Wolcott.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, 1261 South Main St., Southington CT 06479, or to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill CT 06067-3045.