Waterford - William H. Rogoff Sr., formerly of Lamphere Road, Waterford, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
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He was born in New London, Sept. 28, 1930, the son of Max Rogoff and Amy ( Havens). He was predeceased by his high school sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Olive (Friars); and brothers, David and Charles.
"Bill" proudly joined the National Guard, and was federalized into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He completed a 10,000 hour apprenticeship graduating number one in his class in electrical design. He became an electrical draftsman at Electric Boat Company, and retired in 1992 after 43 years of service
Bill and Olive raised a loving family on Lamphere Road. As a young father, he was active in scouting, serving as Cub Scout master for Pack 29. He enjoyed a lifelong love of music, and was a regular member of the First Baptist Church of New London choir. Bill belonged to the New London Elks and The "OBs". In retirement, Bill and Olive became true campers, spending winters in their RV in Fort Pierce, Fla.
He leaves behind sons, William Jr. (Lynne) of South Windsor, David of Westland, Mich., Gary (Linda) of Oakdale, and Michael of Westerly; and four grandchildren, Chelsea, Erik, Ashley and Morgan.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, April 4, at the Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, preceded by a visiting hour from 11 a.m. to noon. Burial with military honors will follow at Jordan Cemetery in Waterford
Bill's family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be directed to Make a Wish, Ct. Chapter, 126 Monroe Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611 or
, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Please visit www.byles.com for directions, to sign his guestbook or to share a memory.
Byles Memorial Home - New London
99 Huntington St New London, CT 06320
860 442 0343
Published in The Day on Apr. 3, 2014