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Clifford J. Rogers Jr.
March 3, 1949 ~ September 10, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Clifford J. Rogers Jr., age 74, and known to his loved ones as Cliff, passed away at home in Chicopee, MA. surrounded by his loving family on September 10, 2023. He was born on March 3, 1949, in Albany, N.Y. to Grace (Vick) Rogers and Clifford J. Rogers Sr. Cliff was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, as well as a loving son, cherished brother, and devoted friend. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Cliff was a hardworking family man who always prioritized his loved ones. He was a role model for those around him. He was known for his selflessness and dedication to his family and friends. Cliff's devotion to his beloved wife of fifty-five years, Patricia (Michonski) Rogers, loving sister, Linda (Rogers) Carrier of New Auburn, Wisconsin, daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Timothy Cross of Easthampton, MA , son Christopher Rogers of Chicopee, MA, grandchildren Jackie Sniadach, Ericka Cross, Taylor Rogers, and Kira Cross, and great-grandchildren Scarlett and Deacon Watson, Mara Gessing, Brayden, Zaiden, & Jacob Therrien, Noelle Rogers, and Alex Rosario was truly remarkable! He had a natural ability to connect with people in general, but to his family he was and will always be remembered as the legend that he was and as the legacy that he left behind.
In his educational pursuits, Cliff attended Easthampton High School and later received his 2nd class fireman and waste water licenses.
Cliff's career spanned several decades. He began his professional journey working for Uniroyal in Chicopee, MA until the company closed down. He then joined Mid-Atlantic Canners Association (Coca Cola), Northampton, MA, where he started as a mechanic and worked his way up to a lead role and eventually a supervisor. Cliff's dedication and expertise led him to become a boiler room operator at Coca-Cola, and he also utilized those skills working for Holyoke Medical Center as well as Allstate in Greenfield, MA before retiring from Coca-Cola.
Outside of his professional life, Cliff had a passion for music, football, golfing, billiards, comedy, watching good war movies. He enjoyed traveling and vacationing to Aruba, Las Vegas, and Stowe, VT ( to name a few destinations ) with his wife Pat. He loved spending time with family & friends. Cliff had an uncanny knack for having great taste in music as he was an avid drummer and bass guitar player. He showcased his musical talents in various bands throughout the years. Eventually, Cliff and his talented wife Pat formed a musical duo (Everyday People) sharing their love for music together and playing at various functions and events primarily throughout western Massachusetts. He loved comedy and was known for his quick wit, one liners, and making people laugh every single time he was with them, something we will all miss dearly. He was a true and steadfast Dallas Cowboys fan from the time he was a teenager. The night Cliff passed his team beat the NY Giants 40 to zip! (We know that was for him and he was smiling!). After retirement, Cliff enjoyed playing pool at the South Hadley Senior Center with his best friend Ricky, and a few other friends most weekday mornings.
Cliff was predeceased in death by his parents, Grace & Cliff Rogers, Sr., his brother Louis Demers, his granddaughter Kaley Lynn Sniadach, his niece, Karen Kendrick, his nephew Corey Lackard, and several dear brother-in-laws, including Hank Carrier, Gene Warren, and Robert Michonski of all of whom he loved dearly and were a big part of his life.
Cliff previously attended Immaculate Conception in Easthampton, MA, where he found solace and strength in his faith.
As per Cliff's wishes, there will be no memorial services at this time. A private celebration of life will be held at the families convenience.
In honor of Cliff's memory, the family kindly requests considering making a donation to your local hospice. Contributions to hospice organizations can make a significant impact and support the incredible work they do.