Roger Akers

Oct. 7, 1947 - Sept. 11, 2011

Roger was born on Oct. 7, 1947, the first-born child to David and Olga Akers. He was the joy of his parents' eyes, especially his mother's, and in her eyes, he could do no wrong.

He graduated from Vallejo High School in 1965 and then from Cal State Hayward in 1969 with a degree in physical education.

He was a lover of water sports. He trained for the Olympics but, due to a shoulder injury, wasn't able to go. He swam with Mark Spitz, sailed on boats and was an avid windsurfer. His swim coach gave him the middle initial "P" which he used throughout his life. It stood for "Publicity," for that's what the coach said he brought to the team.

In 1974, he married MaryJane Voves. From their union, two wonderful children were brought into the world. Ten years later, the marriage would dissolve.

In 1989, Roger married the love of his life and eternal companion Kathleen O'Connell. Even when times were hard there was never a moment of doubt of their love for each other. Together they would raise five extraordinary children who fondly called him Pops. Roger loved to be surrounded by family and friends especially on holidays.

He excelled in learning and taught himself how to play the flute, guitar and how to sew. He was a painter and took first place with his art work. He could build anything, was an excellent cook and loved to garden. He spoke French and was so proficient in the English language, he drove his family crazy with grammatical and geographical corrections. There were three things he was most passionate about, his Catholic faith, being a Republican and the Oakland Raiders!

With his family by his side, Roger returned to live with God on Sept. 11. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Kate; son, Keelan Akers (Leanne); daughter, Alanna Batilla (Josh); sons, Patrick

Calleja (Lauren), Riley Akers and Logan Akers; mother, Olga Akers; brothers, Andre Akers

(Lianella), and Pierre Akers; sister, Carina Akers Barlow; and a host of family and friends.

Waiting for him to arrive on the other side is his son, Paul Martin Akers; and his father, David Akers; along with many friends and relatives.

A celebration of life will be held in Houston, Texas, and in California on a date to be announced.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Sept. 17, 2011