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Joseph G. Duffy

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Philip T. Rogers

October 12, 1966March 29, 2021

Philip T. Rogers (Phil), 54, passed away unexpectedly in Brooklyn, NY on Monday, March 29th, 2021. A loving and affectionate husband, devoted father and a doting grandpa, he loved and was loved deeply. He will be missed infinitely.

He was born in October 1966 to William and Jeanne Rogers in Stevens Point, WI. The youngest of nine siblings, Phil spent his youth playing, teaching swimming and lifeguarding at local Iverson and Collins parks, playing croquet and cards with his family, and running track and playing soccer at school. He went on to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. While there, he also developed a lifelong passion for the Badgers and honed his talent for being the life of the party. He later earned an MBA from Edgewood, and worked in both real estate and market research.

Phil was a deeply kind, loving and generous man. He radiated warmth, taking people for exactly who they were, and showing love through a myriad of small acts of support and kindness. He was the calm in any storm.

Phil enjoyed nature wherever he was, from fly fishing with his brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, to walks with his family in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. He was an avid card player, a political junkie and a movie buff. He loved the company of his family, especially being a grandpa, and travelling with his “beautiful bride.” He often documented all of the above with joyful selfies - a skill he practiced with pride and humor. Phil will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 23 years, Marcella, his daughter Alexandra Snape-Rogers, his son-in-law Wil Snape-Rogers and his granddaughter Eva Snape-Rogers. He also leaves a large and loving family, including brothers and sisters, Susan (Carla), Bruce, Richard (Rosi), Ellen, Maurice, Niles; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Jeanne; brother, Bob; sister, Linda; and nephews, Bradley, Derek Benton and Jacob Kappler.

The family will host a visitation at Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 10th from 2-4 p.m. A celebration of Phil’s life will also take place at a later date in Stevens Point, WI. Memorial contributions in his name, if desired, may be directed to the Prospect Park Alliance.

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Jolanta Partyka

April 6, 2021

May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. Condolences from L.I. FR - Jolanta Partyka

Abe Saposnick

April 6, 2021

It was March 4, 2021 when I received an email from the Regional Office congratulating Phil as the employee of the month. Wow, such a short time with the bureau, and there he was already being bestowed an honor. I immediately sent him an email telling him I just read the good news and congratulated him. He responded back almost immediately thanking me. I never had the opportunity to meet Phil , however, upon my first call to him I "welcomed him aboard", and wished him good luck. I mentioned to him I liked him already., and added my favorite brother is also named Phil. He chuckled. In the short weeks I dealt with Phil, he was always kind, professional, and complimented me on the good work I was doing, I was shocked and saddened to learn of his untimely passing. My sincere condolences to his wife , immediate family and grandchildren. May you keep the memory of Phil alive by talking about him often, always in your heart, and remember the good times. Rest in peace Phil.

David Uzarowski

April 5, 2021

Very sad news indeed, my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Anabel Soto

April 5, 2021

You didn't have to work with Philip long to experience his kindness and respectfulness. He is the type of person you looked forward to working with. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences, I will keep his family in my prayers.

Halina Chodziutko

April 5, 2021

I spoke with Phil many times. He always called to ask me if there is anything he can do to help me and my field staff complete their work. He was always polite, friendly, willing to listen and try to help. He will be very much missed by me and my co-workers. Rest in Peace Phil.

John Snape

April 4, 2021

It has been a great pleasure and privilege to have got to know Phil, but for far too short a time.
We first met Phil and Marcella at Norwich Station, UK in September 2016 on the eve of Alex’s and Wil’s wedding when they had arrived in the UK and had taken the train from London to Norwich to prepare for the wedding. This was Phil’s’ first introduction to driving on the left (wrong) side of the road and we had a few ‘interesting’ moments when he drove a hire care out of the city to our home in Barnham Broom, but he soon got the hang of it.
Phil was a very proud father at the wedding, and we were so pleased to see the way that Phil and Marcella had bonded so well with our son Wil, and we greatly enjoyed their company on that very happy occasion. We found that we had so much in common, a love of sport, and an enjoyment of a good game of cards, especially whist, at which Phil took no prisoners, but in a friendly and humorous way.
We were lucky to entertain Phil and Marcella for Christmas 2019, and they enjoyed a traditional British Christmas with us. We enjoyed pleasant happy days of celebration, drinking too much, eating too much, playing cards and watching TV, but interspersed with bracing walks. We noted that Phil had become a devoted and attentive grandfather to Eva.
Sadly, the Covid 19 crisis curtailed all travel from March 2020, and we were hugely disappointed to have had to cancel two trips to NYC, but especially a big family celebration planned for Christmas 2020 at Center Parcs in Thetford Forest with all of the family –John, Sue, Wil, Alex, Eva, Phil, Marcella, Katie, Wij, Edie and Arwen, the whole of the Greenwood-Skinner-Snape-Rogers clan together for the first time. Sadly, it was not to be.
We greatly regret that we never managed one more beer and another game of cards together. We will always remember him as a charming, friendly and loveable guy who became a great Anglophile and rugby fan, and a member of our family as well as his own.

Katie Snape

April 4, 2021

Phil’s father of the bride speech, which he gave at the wedding of his daughter and my brother, touched me deeply and has stayed with me ever since. It was a speech which emphasised just how much family meant to him, and how much love and joy was within him. Phil said in his speech that sometimes the most precious gifts you receive in life will be things you didn’t even know to ask for or that you wanted. I have taken this with me: to know that we cannot always understand the things that will bring us the greatest happiness in advance but we should go forward embracing life with love, acceptance and a sense of fun and know there is deep joy to be found. This is excellent advice Phil, and we will not forget it, thank you.

We are devastated that we will never spend more time with Phil. The times we did have were so full of kindness, practical help, fun, and silliness. We were so well looked after, made so welcome, so comfortable. This is a man who didn’t blink an eyelid at a disorientated 4 year old weeing on his new mattress, or his hapless parents spraying bleach around his room to try to solve the problem, just approached us with calm and kindness, made us feel better, and gently took the bleach away. We need more men like Phil for sure.

We are devastated for Marcella, for Alex and Wil and little Eva, and for Phil’s family and we know what a hole his loss will leave in your hearts. We promise you all, that even though our times with him were not long enough, we got a sense of him and his values, his love and his sense of humour and his kindness. We know his values have become part of you and shine from you all, and we will all keep those in our hearts and make sure we remember and live them as much as we can going forward.

Katie, Wij, Edie and Arwen

Dawn Novak

April 1, 2021

Philip was a fabulous boss always calling and seeing how things were going so kind and gentle caring helpful I sure will miss him .
you and your family are in my heart and my mind I offer you my thoughts and prayers

Heloise Lissauer

April 1, 2021

Phillip was special always had a kind word and was truly excited by the results we achieved.

In the time I worked with him his calls were a delight. He will be very missed not only by his own family but his Census family as well.

I spoke to him 10 days ago and had no indication anything was wrong so the suddenness was even more shocking.

I know you are smiling down at us right now.

I will miss you
Heloise

Ella Escobar

April 1, 2021

Phil was such a special man. I worked closely with him at the Census- we sat next to each other in the office. He always took the extra minute to make you feel special or to make you smile. So many of the stories he told were about his family. Anyone could see how much he adored his wife, daughter, and grandbaby. He will be missed by so many.

FROM THE FAMILY