North Andover — Homer A. Rogers, of North Andover, formerly of Bradford, passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
One of four sons of the late Joseph A. and Lillian (McGaughey) Rogers, he was born in Haverhill and was a graduate of St. James High School. Homer has been locally well-known as a great athlete. He was a stand-out football player at St. James High as well as playing semi-pro football. As an accomplished boxer, he was a Golden Gloves Champ and recipient of the 1939 Michael Bucuzzo Award, along with numerous other awards.
Homer was a man of valor and integrity. He was honored as a World War II staff sergeant by receiving The Soldiers Medal of Heroism and Purple Heart. He was a member of the Haverhill Police Force where he was the first Haverhill Police Union president. From there he became a member of the MDC Mounted Police Unit, and continued his law enforcement career as chief investigator of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
Most of all Homer cherished being with his family. He enjoyed vacationing at his summer home in York Beach, Maine. Always full of wisdom, he never had a negative word to say, and devoted everyday to his wife, children and grandchildren. Many of his hobbies included gardening, oil painting and wood crafting.
Homer was the loving husband of 62 years to Mary (Coffin) Rogers. He is also survived by his six children, William Rogers and wife Linda of Bradford; Maryann and husband Michael Woelfel of Bradford; Jane and husband Thomas O’Connell of North Andover; Barbara and husband Michael McCarthy of Haverhill; Nancy Rogers of Newburyport; and Robert Rogers and wife Susan of North Andover. His precious grandchildren include Candace, Kaitlin, Michael, Lauren, Kelly, Tommy, Jack, Matthew, Robby, Holly, Adam, Connor and Hannah. He also leaves two brothers, Norris Rogers of Dracut and Carl Rogers and wife Gloria of Atkinson, N.H., along with many generations of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, James A. Rogers.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours at the Paul C. Rogers Family-Scatamacchia Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill, will be Friday from 4 to 7 P.M. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 A.M. at Sacred Hearts Church, South Main Street, Bradford. Interment will be in St. James Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.