Kenneth “Kenny” Roger, generous family man, avid book collector, sharp dresser, and lover of life and all its curiosities, died on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 surrounded by those who loved him dearly. He placed his family first and above all other things. There was no greater joy than being with the people he loved in his pursuit of happiness.
Bliss came with 40 years of being married to “the greatest lady”, Roberta, whom he shared laughter, love and most proudly three incredible children, Lisa (Mark), Aaron (Hilary), and Eric. He was especially proud of what he affectionately referred to as his “crowning achievement”, his inspiring and beautiful grandchildren, Ava Jean and Thomas Quinn. He loved his parents, late Mary and late Mario, his mother and father-in law, late Dora & late Lawrence, his brothers, Jerry and the late Raymond, his “sister”, Janice (Steve) and his dearest nephews and nieces, Johnny (Tracy), Laura (Naumi), and Sean (Andrew).
Ken was a man of many talents, dabbling in bird-watching, power shopping, and sports commentating (if only with brother Jerry to discuss how disappointing the Blue Jays were). His creative and sensitive mind encouraged so many people during his tenure as a counselor with the Worker’s Compensation Board. After retirement he began his new “work” of enjoying life to its fullest. There were CFL games to watch and attend, a sport his son played in and one he passionately enjoyed. There were travels to his favorite destinations in the world: Scottsdale, Arizona, Edmonton, Alberta, and Iron Mountain, MI, the places his three beloved children called their homes. He loved traveling and experiencing the world through the people around him.
He was the deepest thinker with the gentlest of souls. A perfect example of what it means to be a class act, he was keenly spiritual, witty, wise and most of all, he was loved. There were many people whom Ken wished to thank for their encouragement, friendship and support during his illness. Paula, his nurse at the Cancer Clinic made him smile and he especially appreciated her hugs. Cheryl Fuse, whom he shared stories with and whose gentle character and constant encouragement allowed his hope to never waver. And lastly Aunt Anna, whose prayers and uplifting messages of God’s grace made him smile even on the toughest of days.
Per his final wishes, funeral services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you make a donation to ARCH in Ken’s memory.
His family would like to thank The Sault Area Cancer Clinic, Dr. Rassouli, Dr. Spadafore, Dr. Carlson and ARCH for their dedication and absolute kindness they bestowed to him.
Our father, Ken always liked to say “Home is where the story begins.” Dad-thank you for making it the best kind of story for us.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered at www.arthurfuneralhome.com