RAPID CITY | Patrick Napoli, 72, brother, father, uncle, and friend, passed from this earth to be with the God he loved, on Sept. 30, 2018, after a 15-year battle with cancer.
Patrick was born Nov. 16, 1945, in Rapid City. Patrick led an extraordinary life. After graduation from Rapid City High School, Pat married June Ames in 1968, and they moved to Washington State. Together they had a son, Patrick Jr. Pat obtained his EMT license, owned an ambulance company and other businesses, and then went on to earn his degree in sociology.
Pat lived in Texas with his son, when he was first diagnosed with cancer in 2003. At that time he began the non-profit program, Adventure with Santa. He wanted to give love and comfort to ill and special-needs children. Pat returned to Rapid City in 2009 and continued his Santa program and to spend his remaining years with those he loved, in the city he loved.
With the help of his very best friend, De Schekel, Pat became the Santa at Main Street Square until December 2017. With his friend (Mrs. Claus), Pat Gaffney, they also visited children at the Children’s Home Society, hospitals, and in their homes.
Pat was preceded in death by his father and mother, Angelo and Dorothy Napoli; and his brother, Donald.
He is survived by brothers, Ralph, Great Falls, Montana, and Bill (Peggy), Rapid City; sister, Bonita Lawhead, Pullman, Washington; son, Patrick Jr. (Karen), The Colony, Texas; one granddaughter; three stepdaughters; one step-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
Patrick passed on his legacy to Santa Keith, who will continue the Adventure with Santa program. A memorial has been set up to continue the Adventure with Santa program; cards and donations may be sent to 517 Main St. Rapid City, SD 57701.
A Requiem Mass with Father Chris Hathaway officiating will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Immaculate Conception Church.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Eagles Club. Please come and share your stories about a very generous man who will be missed by so many.
Friends and family may sign Pat’s online guestbook and leave written condolences for the family at blackhillsfuneralhome.com.