Raymond Miles Rogers
CLIFTON PARK — Raymond Miles Rogers of Clifton Park, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, following a long illness. He was the son of Raymond H. and Harriet R. Rogers and grew up in Whig Corners near Cooperstown. He attended Cooperstown Central School where he excelled in three sports and was honored with the John Terry McGovern Sportsmanship Award. He received a B.S. degree from SUNY College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1956 and continued with post-graduate studies in landscape architecture. Ray was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and rowed on the varsity crew. He joined his father in Raymond Rogers & Associates, foresters and landscape architects, in Cooperstown.
Ray served in the U.S. Army 11th Ordnance Co. and was honorably discharged in 1965.
On July 21, 1958, he married college sweetheart, Joan Collins of Forest Hills and they made their home in Cooperstown. Ray was active in the Cooperstown Junior Chamber of Commerce and was a former member of Otsego Lodge No. 138, F&AM.
Ray accepted a position in the State Architect’s Office, NYS Office of General Services and the family moved to Clifton Park in 1968. He retired in 1995.
In Clifton Park he was a member of the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, serving as a trustee, a member of Clifton Park Elks No. 2466, and volunteered with the Latham Regional Food Bank. He coordinated annual reunions of the SigEp fraternity in Syracuse. His special joy was family gatherings at the Rogers family camp near Cooperstown.
Ray is survived by his son, Brian (Lydia) Rogers of Houston, Texas; daughter, Bonnie Rogers Hoffman of Boca Raton, Fla.; sister, Merrilyn O’Connell of Cooperstown; brother, Don (Rosemary) Rogers of Suffield, Conn.; companion, Ginny Tracey of Clifton Park; cousin, Brandon M. (Margaret) Rogers of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; cousin, William W. (Jan) Rowley of St. Augustine, Fla.; brother-in-law, Jack (Joan) Collins of Upper Montclair, N.J.; several nieces; nephews; grandchildren; greatgrandchildren; and many loving friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, Joan in 2006.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, 917 Rte. 146, Clifton Park, with the Rev. Alan Delamater officiating. A reception will follow. Spring burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church for the grounds and landscaping fund or to a local food pantry of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.