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Robert E. Rogers

December 04, 1951 - October 20, 2022

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Obituary For Robert E. Rogers

Rogers, Robert E. of Arlington on October 20th. Beloved husband of Gail M. Rogers (Sullivan). Loving father of Kelley Rogers of Arlington, MA and her partner Patrick Gill and Terence Rogers and his wife Holly Adinoff of Arlington, MA. Brother of Debbie Cipriano and her husband Peter of West Haven, CT, Chris Rogers and his wife Eileen of Westwood, and Peter Rogers and his husband Ron Squibbs of Vernon, CT. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Tuesday from 9 - 11 am and to a funeral home service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Robert to the Jimmy Fund at jimmyfund.org or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. Please visit devitofuneralhome.com for an online guestbook.

Bob was born in Hackensack, NJ, the son of Norton and Janet Rogers. He grew up in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with his two younger brothers Chris and Peter and his sister Debbie. Bob graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in History where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and made lifelong friends with his fraternity brothers. Bob played lacrosse for Muhlenberg. Bob received a graduate degree in Education from Lehigh University and taught first and fourth grade at Norristown Elementary School in PA. Bob also taught high school mathematics at the Pine Ridge School in Vermont. In his early 30’s, Bob received a degree in Computer Science and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Champlain College in Burlington, VT.

Bob was married to Gail Sullivan in 1980 at the Highlands Estate in Ft. Washington, PA. They lived in Pennsylvania for 5 years, had many great friends from his years at Muhlenberg College and spent time enjoying the restaurants, music and sports of Philadelphia. He was there when the Phillies won the World Series in 1980.

In 1982, Bob and Gail moved to Burlington, VT. He loved living in Vermont in their home close to Lake Champlain where he raised two wonderful children; Kelley and Terence, and two sweet golden retrievers; Jessie and Mogul. He enjoyed skiing, ferry rides on Lake Champlain searching for “Champ” and going to Shelburne Farms and the Shelburne Museum.

The Rogers Family moved to Arlington, MA in 1995. He was so happy to live close to his family. Wonderful times there included lots of family celebrations, vacations to Seabrook, NH, school events and lots of baseball and soccer games. Without ever having played soccer, Bob became a well-respected coach for Arlington Youth Soccer and coached for many years. Bob also adopted another golden retriever named Nikki while living in Arlington.

Bob was passionate about sports, especially the Red Sox, the Patriots and the NY Giants. He considered himself fortunate to be living in this area to enjoy three World Series and six Superbowl wins. Bob was also an excellent tennis player and played a pretty good game of golf. Bob most recently enjoyed the Family Day at Fenway Park with Gail, his daughter Kelley and her partner, Patrick Gill. He truly enjoyed having his photo taken with the World Series trophies and sitting in the dugout.

Bob loved traveling. He favorite places to visit included Key West, Seabrook Beach, Newport, RI and Denver, Colorado, where his son and daughter-in-law Holly Adinoff own Bob’s favorite restaurant – Sullivan Scrap Kitchen. Last summer, Bob celebrated Terence and Holly’s wedding with family and friends at a beautiful ceremony in Breckenridge, CO. Bob also had a special place in his heart for the Jersey Shore. His grandmother, Madeline, would take Bob and his sister Debbie on vacations to Asbury Park when they were young. Bob loved the ocean and the warm summer weather. He was known to venture further out into the ocean than anyone else, at the hopes of body surfing a big wave. He enjoyed driving a scooter all over Key West, hanging out on the beach with lots of friends and family, diving into large waves, and eating oysters, clams and scallops at Petey’s in Rye. Bob also learned how to ride a motorcycle when he was sixty years old. He loved riding and would take Gail on rides out into Concord and Lincoln.

Bob’s greatest pride was his children, Kelley and Terence. Both of them are loving, kind, hardworking, and good people, who would do anything for the people that they love, just like their father. As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Services

25 Oct

Visitation

09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
25 Oct

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
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  • 10/27/2022

    I just heard, very sorry to hear. I worked with and for Bob at IBM for many years. He was a great person to work with and for, I missed him when I was moved to a different area of IBM. John McCue

  • 10/24/2022

    My condolences to the Rogers Family. I worked with Bob at IBM. He was kind and gracious. He will be missed.

  • 10/24/2022

    I worked for and with Bob for a number of years at IBM, and he was someone I knew I could reach out to for an insightful take or practical perspective on a topic. I valued his openness and collaborative spirit with his teams, and how approachable he made himself. I would like to offer my condolences to Bob's family, and I am heartened to read about his loving family legacy.

  • 10/24/2022

    It was a pleasure for my family and I to have known Bob! He was like a brother to us!We have plenty of great memories of Bob!He vacationed with my parents and family many years ago😎He past that test with flying colors!We all loved Bob!!!!!❤️Whether it was in Vermont Skiing.Or just visiting we were always welcome!All kinds of good times in Arlington!He came to my kids athletic events I could go on and on!.He was a first class gentleman👍 Miss you Bob❤️ Dan Sullivan and family

  • 10/24/2022

    Bob let me know about the Philadelphia Distance Run back in 1980 when he and Gail lived in Lansdale. It was a good recommendation. Always enjoyed his sense oof humor. Gail, you and your family are in my prayers.

  • 10/24/2022

    My sincere condolences to the extended Rogers family. I am saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob for many years at IBM and have many fond memories of him. He was always smiling and a kind person who will greatly be missed. My thoughts are with you and your family. - Stella D

  • 10/23/2022

    My condolences to Gail and to the extended Rogers family. I have many cherished memories of Bob as a fraternity brother in college; also for a number of years after graduation I ran the Falmouth road race with Bob and Gail (and would memorably unwind at the Mill Hill Club dancin' to D. J. Sullivan). Bob was a good man gone too soon, Nam di, brother. Tom Dunkel

  • 10/22/2022

    For so many many years Bob and Gail were the kindest and most giving neighbors, as we lived right across the street from each other. Both Gail and Bob brought a special positive spirit to the entire neighborhood. Never to be forgotten. Janice B.

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