ROGER DEAN FARLEY - SOUTH BURLINGTON - Roger Dean Farley, 79, of South Burlington, passed away surrounded by family on Jan. 31, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care, after a brief illness. Roger was born Jan. 4, 1934, in Albany, N.Y. He was a 1951 graduate of Columbia High School and was a lifetime member of the Rensselaer County New York Elks Club. He worked for Honeywell, Inc. as a system specialist, until his retirement. He then worked for a time at Radio Shack at the U-Mall, before pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming a writer. He wrote a monthly column called, "A Backward Glance" for Vermont Maturity Magazine, and for many years was a regular contributor to the South Burlington, "Other Paper." He was a member of the South Burlington Development Review Board, until his illness. He was an active member and past president of the Burlington Amateur Radio Club. His call letters were WA1OZE (The Wizard). He was a lifetime diehard Red Sox fan, an avid reader and a music lover (especially, Dixie Land Jazz and Big Band Music). He loved computers and electronics and used them each and every day of his life. Roger is survived by his wife, Linda (Rivers); brother, Douglas and wife, Beverly; sister-in-law, Gail Farley of New York; sister, Eileen Jensen of Florida; four daughters and their husbands, Laura (Bob) Greene of New Hampshire, Linda (Edward) Devino of West Addison, Lisa (Douglas) Fischer, and Lee Ann (Jonathan) Brignull of New York; three sons and their wives, Steven (Donna) of Essex, Robert (Krista), and William of New York; three stepdaughters and their husbands, Kelly (David) DeGrechie of Huntington, Brenda (Randy) Carpenter of Williston, and Tracy Campbell of Winooski; 21 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael of New York; and granddaughter, Adrienne Devino of West Addison. The family would like to thank Karen Rounds, RN, Diana Barnard, MD, Linda Forgan, RN, and all of the Palliative Care teams and supportive staff on McLure 4 ICU. Calling hours will be Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. Both will be at Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 71 South Union St., Burlington. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Roger's memory to the AJ Devino Memorable Scholarship Fund, c/o VUHS, 50 Monkton Road, Vergennes, VT 05491; or to Therapy Dogs of Vermont, P.O. Box 1271, Williston, VT 05495.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 3, 2013