Herbert James Rogers, Jr., 77, of North Windham, CT passed away June 4, 2021, after an extended illness. Known to everyone as “Jim,” he had a booming voice that echoed throughout the campgrounds he loved to visit with his devoted wife, Cindy.
Born in Putnam, Connecticut, on September 24, 1943, to Herbert and Olive (Owen) Rogers, Jim was raised in Ashford. After completing the carpentry course at Windham Regional Technical School in 1961, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he honed his woodworking skills as a Seabee (1962-1966). He was awarded several medals, including the Viet Nam Campaign Medal.
Jim’s dual passions for carpentry and the sea guided his career path. He worked as plant manager at Sawyer Displays, Norwich, throughout the 1980s and at the same time served as captain of a vintage 110’ foot motor yacht, Genie, which he sailed between New York and Florida. He concluded his career as a carpentry instructor at several of the state’s technical schools. He retired as department head at Ellis Technical School in 2003.
Examples of his woodworking can be found in homes across Connecticut and in central Florida. His most ambitious project included renovations to the historic Colford Jones House, known as The Chalet, in Newport, RI.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Credit) of 45 years; his daughters Wendy Sanders of Corinth, VT; and Cynthia Rogers-Nevers and her husband Philip Nevers, of Ashford; by his stepchildren Steven Albrecht and his partner, Robert Thompson, of East Haddam; Karen Albrecht-Baker and her husband, Carl Baker, of Woodstock Valley; and Kurt Albrecht of Eastford; and by his grandchildren Olivia Gould and Seth Nevers. He was Pépère to Elizabeth O’Neill, Matthew van Flatern, Jason Albrecht, and Laura Reed; and to three great grandchildren: Natalie, Jack, and Daisy O’Neill. He is also survived by his brother Ronald of Georgia. He was predeceased by his parents and by his sisters Nancy (Merchant) and Edyth (Gucwa).
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 9, 11:00 a.m. at the Federated Church of Willington, 236 Tolland Turnpike (junction of Routes 320 and 74).
Donations may be made in his memory to the American Red Cross (https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/).
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