Norwich - James "Jim" R. Rogers Sr., 77, died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at The William W. Backus Hospital after a long illness.|
He was born in Norwich, on Nov. 30, 1935, to the late Clinton B. and Edna (Barrows) Rogers. He attended NFA and worked as a supervisor for Northeast Utilities, then Connecticut Light & Power, until his retirement.
On Dec. 22, 1956, he married his beloved wife, Theresa (LaCourse) at St. John Church in Uncasville. They began their family and lived in Uncasville.
Jim, the consummate gentleman, was passionate about helping others throughout his life. As a result, his life was encompassed in public service as a Montville Fire Chief, member of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Assoc., New London County Fire Chiefs Assoc., Civil Defense Director, Deputy Forester Warden, and American Red Cross instructor throughout his life. Whether it was plowing someone's driveway, mowing their lawn, or saving a life, Jim was always there. In addition to all this, he was still present as husband and father for his family, who he loved very much and who loved him in return.
Besides his wife, survivors include his son, James R. Rogers Jr., and wife, Rosemarie; daughter, Betty Ann Heath and husband, Fred; brothers, Daniel "Butch" and wife, Lois, Francis "Gint" and wife, Evelyn; sister, Patricia Soileau; grandchildren, Freddie Heath Jr. and his wife, Asucena, Heather Ladd and her husband, Steve; great-grandchildren, Dillion, Bella, Zavier, Tiana, Michael, and Elizabeth; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Montville Funeral Home of Church & Allen, 53 Norwich-New London Tnpk., Uncasville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home immediately followed by burial at Union Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Eastern Connecticut Hematology & Oncology, 330 Washington St., Suite 201, Norwich, CT 06360.
To leave an online condolence or view the memorial movie, please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Dec. 11, 2012