Joseph 'Buck' P. Rogers, Jr.

Buck RogersBuck passed away peacefully on October 23, 2020 surrounded by children and grandchildren. He was born in Syracuse, New York on March 11, 1936 to Joseph P. Rogers, Sr. and Helen (Montgomery) Rogers. He moved to Middlebury, Vermont in 2007.

Buck graduated from The Manlius School in 1954, Yale University in 1958 and Fordham University Law School in 1969. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant (JG) on the USS Edmonds and practicing as a Certified Public Account, he joined the law firm of Hawkins Delafield & Wood in 1969 as an associate. In 1977 he became a member of the firm. He became counsel to the firm from 2004 until his retirement in 2018. During his years at the firm he specialized in all phases of federal income taxation. He became nationally known for his expertise in single and multi-family financing and co-authored a book entitled the ABC’s of Housing Bonds. His hobbies included hiking, skiing and playing the piano. After moving to Middlebury he became an active member of St. Mary’s Church. His volunteer activities included teaching religious education at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury, serving on the Board of St. Mary’s School, serving as a Guardian Ad Litem, working with residents at the local nursing home and, during his summer vacation, lending a helping hand to the De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana. He was known for his quick humor, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit. Most of all, he loved being with his children, grandchildren, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Laurene, his sister Jane “Chicken” Corcoran and her spouse Robert, his children Tobin Rogers, Lars Patenaude and his wife Charlene, Signe Ulsamer and her husband Jeff, his stepson John Hanley and his wife Laura Obregon, his seven grandchildren Kanoa, Talula, Camas, Poppy, Clementine, Lena, Adela and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Helen and his brother Otto.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury on Saturday November 14, 2020 at 10 AM followed by the burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church 326 College Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753, the De La Salle Blackfeet School 104 First Street NW, Browning, Montana 59417 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.

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