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Robert James Rogers

Robert “Bob” James Rogers, 74, of Cortland, NY, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021, while surrounded by his loving family.

Bob was born in Cortland, NY, on June 6, 1946, the son of the late Wilbur Henry Rogers and Dorla Leah Smith Rogers.  A longtime resident of the area, he was a 1964 graduate of Cincinnatus Central School.  Bob worked construction his whole life, most recently as a construction inspector for the M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying in Clifton Park, NY.  He was well-known as the beloved Santa for the Village of Homer and the Homer Elks Club.  In his spare time, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Gloria Crosby Rogers, and their children, Michael (Penny) Rogers of Hickory, MD, Tonia (Jay Bowers) Butler of Homer, and Julie (Doug Moore) Rogers of Cortland.  He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Sue) Rogers of Missouri and Roy (Alyce) Rogers of Oklahoma; sisters, Elaine (James) Aiken of Pitcher and Diane Slade of Groton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Wilbur Rogers, and sisters, Marcia Payson and Mary Lehman.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be directed to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 21301 S. Tamiani Street – Suite 320, Estero, FL 33928.

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Bob was one of the best in the construction industry, a joy to work with, full of serenity,
i feel blessed knowing such a great man! Your spirit lives within !

Tom Ottenschot Feb 3 2021 12:00 AM

I met Bob as an intern on a construction project in Albany, NY. After getting to know each other we realized we were both graduates of Cincinnatus Central School! Bob was kind, wise and very well liked on the construction site. His advice was to continue my schooling. Im glad I listened to him. He spoke often of his love for his family. Ill miss you my friend and mentor.

Romulus Danciu Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

I had the honor of working with Bob on numerous OGS Projects. Bob shared with me over the years his wealth of construction knowledge. "Uncle Bob" was respected and well liked by all contractors, staff and kids at Finger Lakes and McCormick. My condolences to the Rogers family. I'll miss you my friend!

Brian Corry Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

During our employment with the Gilbane Building Co. I worked with Bob on multiple NYS construction projects in the Albany and Binghamton areas. At our building sites Bob quickly was thought of as a consummate professional builder and highly thought of by project officials, designers and tradesmen. His work experience, problem solving ability and gentlemanly approach was such an asset that Bob himself was in high demand when future project assignments were being discussed.

Bob spoke of his family with pride and love.. He was such a generous soul with a big heart. I will miss him dearly.

God bless the Rogers family.

Michael Murphy Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I worked with Bob at the Binghamton State Office Building during the renovation of the Parking Garage. He was a very warm, loving, caring man. I enjoyed the time Bob spent in this office and getting to know him. I have a picture of Bob in his Santa Claus suit with one of his granddaughter's as an elf. I will always cherish that photo. We kept in touch even after the job was done and I will miss him. My deepest condolences to Gloria and all of Bob's family, you were his pride and joy.

Luanne Vaughn Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you so much it's great hearing from his work friends

Tonia Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you, I'm glad dad had a great friend like you, check in on mom once in awhile

Tonia Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you Dennis so much, I do know what he'd say. His memorial will be on June fifth, 2021

Tonia Jan 11 2021 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to read of Bobs passing. We have great memories of our years as kids on Union Valley Rd , baseball, sliding down hill & fast cars...
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and sending HUGE hugs to each of you.
With much love, Greg & Josie Potter

Josie potter Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to Bob's family. I remember him and Gloria coming into the Rite Aid on Main Street, Cortland, to visit their daughter, Tonia. He always had a smile on his face and time to have a quick chat. Sorry for you loss Tonia, Dad's can't be replaced, but you can still talk to him, because you know what his replies would be!

Dennis Fish Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

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