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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Don Rowley Rogers, 73, of Suffield, Connecticut, beloved husband of Rosemary A. (Washburn) Rogers, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017, at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Born June 15, 1943, in Cooperstown, the son of the late Raymond and Harriet (Rowley) Rogers, he grew up in Cooperstown and graduated from Cornell University in 1965, majoring in both agronomy and economics.
He began his career with Cornell Cooperative Extension, serving as a county Extension Director and Business Management Program Leader for four years, during which time he received the Distinguished Service Award.
He and his family moved to Longmeadow, Massachusetts in 1977, where he worked for Farm Credit East for the next 30 years, eventually earning the title Senior Vice President and Senior Business Consultant. Don founded the Farm Start Program, created the very successful NE Regional Dairy Challenge and received the Richard Popp Leadership Award.
Don was very active in his churches. In Cooperstown and Red Hook, he was a member of the United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and Youth Fellowship Leader. In Longmeadow, he was a member of First Church of Christ and served on the Board of Deacons and the Board of Ushers. Don was very proud of the many years he devoted to the youth of his communities. He was a coach for many children in baseball, softball and basketball and, in 1994, he received an award for "Unselfish dedication to Longmeadow youth on and off the field." In 2008, Don was inducted into the Cooperstown Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in basketball, cross country, track, tennis and baseball.
Some of Don's most treasured memories came from spending time with his family at Mt. Miles. In Suffield, you could always find him planting flowers at Eastwoods.
Besides Rosemary, his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his four children, Robin Tirrell, Cheryl Rogers, Tom Rogers (Mary), and Glen Rogers; five grandchildren, Sarah, Lindsay and Christopher Tirrell, Rose and Glen Rogers; his sister, Merrilyn O'Connell; nephew, Brian Rogers and niece, Bonnie Rogers.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 9, at First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home has care of arrangements.
To leave online condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 6, 2017
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