Clifford Russell Rogers of East Falmouth and River Ranch, Florida, died during his sleep July 12. He was 69.
He was born in Framingham, the son of Richard E. and Olive (Sibley) Rogers.
In his early years Mr. Rogers lived in Framingham and Jaffrey, New Hampshire, and his first exposure to Cape Cod was when his parents had a house in Hyannisport and the family spent time there. Eventually they discovered Seacoast Shores, and purchased a home at a period when there were only three houses on the road.
During his youth his parents also starting traveling by motor home to accommodate their family of five children; this would become a recreation that Mr. Rogers would continue throughout his lifetime.
Mr. Rogers was mechanically inclined and handy with tools and carpentry and used these skills in the work he did.
He married Debra E. Nickerson in 1973. The couple moved to Middleborough and Mr. Rogers worked for Nickerson Appliance & Repair in Abington, a store owned by his father-in-law. They had a son, Douglas C. Rogers, in 1975, and a daughter, Lisa M. Rogers, eight years later. The marriage would later end in divorce.
When the store was sold following the death of Mr. Nickerson, Mr. Rogers found work in the building trade.
After settling full time in East Falmouth during the 1980s, he worked for All-Cape Deck Building and then went in business for himself. He began Rogers & Son and the two did painting, carpentry, pressure washing, flooring, dump runs and more.
For the final 20 years of his working career he was with the Steamship Authority, from which he retired in 2015, while continuing to pick up odd jobs, sometimes with his daughter assisting him with painting and other tasks.
Many years ago, he and two brothers purchased lots in River Ranch, an ownership RV park in Florida. In recent years he spent winters there and spent the other seasons in East Falmouth, camping for several weeks each summer in Brownfield, Maine, and taking excursions in his motor home to other destinations.
He loved boating in both Cape waters and in Florida, and also enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He had participated in annual group motorcycle treks to Mount Washington and had taken part in local fundraising “hog” jaunts to benefit disabled riders or veterans.
In addition to his children, he leaves two brothers, Wayne Rogers of East Falmouth and River Ranch, Florida, and Richard Rogers of River Ranch; a sister, Joyce Rogers of Dennisport; and other family.
He was predeceased by his parents and his older brother, Bruce Rogers.
A service and celebration of his life will be at Waquoit Congregational Church with a date and time to be announced.