James David Rogers, affectionally known as Jim, passed away shortly after midnight on August 22, 2020 in Gig Harbor, Washington. He was born in Spindale, North Carolina on September 24, 1934. He moved to Paterson, New Jersey when he was a teenager but never forgot his love for the “Tar Heals” of North Carolina. He graduated from Eastside High School in 1953 and then worked several odd jobs until he became a draftsman for the City of Paterson. He continued his education and received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Rutgers University in 1966. In 1971 he became a licensed professional planner. He moved through the ranks to become the Director of Planning for the county of Passaic and provided honest and professional service to the citizens of that county for more than forty-two years.
Jim was an avid golfer and played whenever and wherever he could find a game! He particularly enjoyed his group of friends at the Packanak Golf Club in Wayne, NJ. He also traveled with friends frequently to Hilton Head and Florida for vacations and more golf. If not playing golf, he could be found watching sports on TV. His favorite was football and particularly, the Jets.
He was a kind and courteous man who carried himself with dignity and was loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. He was predeceased by his Mother, Annie L. Rogers, Father, David H. Rogers, Brother, Franklin Wayne Rogers, brother, John L. Rogers and nephew, Wayne Rogers Jr.
He leaves behind to grieve and miss him, nephews: Brett Rogers, David Rogers, and Dennis Rogers, niece, Robin Krilich and sister-in-laws, Karen and Marie Rogers.
Due to the Covid-19, Jim’s ashes will be retained in Gig Harbor until next year when they will be taken to New Jersey to be interred near his parents at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa, New Jersey. A celebration of Life will follow. Please consult this site for updates to a time and place in early 2021.
Dementia is a horrible disease and we are thankful he is now at peace and no longer has to suffer with it. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer’s Association.
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