Patrick M. Rogers

July 18, 1958March 10, 2019
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Patrick Michael Rogers, 60 of Assonet died on March 10, 2019 after fighting a valiant, five-month battle with cancer. Patrick was the longtime partner of Elizabeth Sullivan of Assonet, with whom he shared nearly 18 years of life, love, and laughter. He was the son of the late Milton P. Rogers Sr. and Nellie (Emelia Jarabek) Rogers. Patrick is survived by his three daughters, he lovingly referred to as his princesses; Chelsea Morgan Mauricio (and her husband, Mitchell) of Somerset, MacKenzie Taylor Rogers of Wakefield, RI, and Sydney Madison Rogers of Fall River. In addition to his daughters, Pat leaves his beloved grandson, Jameson Patrick Connelly, his devoted brother, Milton (Mitch) P. Rogers, Jr. (and his partner, Donna Williams) of Fall River, his nephew Milton (Mitch) P. Rogers, III (and his wife Joann) of Michigan, who aptly referred to his uncle as “The Coolest Guy in the World”, and several wonderful cousins.

Pat retired as a lieutenant on the Fall River Police Department, having served the city for over 20 years. While working on the department, he earned his degree from New England School of Law and started his business, Commonwealth Police Service, Inc. Attorney Rogers authored and instructed from countless textbooks on Massachusetts law, which have been recognized and utilized by the Massachusetts Civil Service Division as secondary sources from which police across the state prepare for promotional exams. At times, Pat’s seminars were filled beyond room capacity, as he had an unmatched ability to dissect complicated facets of Massachusetts criminal procedure and criminal law, as well as to break down police managerial textbooks for his students. Pat’s passion for teaching and his commitment to maintaining a very high level of professionalism in law enforcement helped to aid thousands of Massachusetts police officers in becoming successful in the police promotional process, as well as in their day-to-day service to their communities. Along with his time on the job and his business, one of his greatest professional joys was teaching recruits at the Plymouth Police Academy, as well as at many other academies across the state over the years. From recruits to chiefs of police, all who’ve known Pat will surely think of his many catch-phrases (“Because those are the rules”, “All day long”, “Stand by . . . “, “That’s good for 50 large!”, “Outstanding!”, “All day, all night”, “To make a long story even longer . . . “ and, of course, “That’s a ground ball, man!”) as they remember him and his impact on their careers.

The accolades and the support from the far-stretching thin blue line (especially the Fall River PD) have been greatly appreciated throughout his illness. Additionally, a tremendous thanks goes out to the entire staff of Atwood 5 at Charlton Memorial Hospital who’ve provided outstanding care and comfort. Pat’s funeral will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8:30am from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place, 178 Winter St., followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover St., Fall River. Family and friends are also welcome to attend his visiting hours on Thursday, March 14 from 3 to 8pm in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Cherry Place. Burial will be private. For online tributes and directions, please visit:

As he was an avid, lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and supporter of the Jimmy Fund, in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Patrick Michael Rogers to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via



  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 15, 2019


  • Burial Private

Patrick M. Rogers

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March 14, 2019

Pat, I hope all your loved ones can find some comfort in your legacy your passion and commitment truly change the law enforcement world forever. RIP my brother!

Catie Sheedy

March 14, 2019

Liz and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Pat was a brilliant, funny, kind man who I will miss very much.
Catie ("Catie-O" to Pat) Sheedy


March 14, 2019

Dear Mitch & family,

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Linda Zoebisch

March 14, 2019

Pat Rogers was an amazing instructor whom I was fortunate to have in the academy, he was not only brilliant and funny but very helpful and kind! One of my favorite quotes from pat..”ground ball all day”!!! Huge loss to the LE family ...but Pats teachings will live on in all of us......
May god bless you sir:(

Richard Russo

March 13, 2019

All who knew Pat would surely say he is one of the best. Sharp as a tack with a keen wit, Pat always kept our attention with his catchy phrases and unique ability to make sense out of the non-sensical in Mass Law. He always had time during his breaks, after class, or after hours on his phone to answer our questions, offer advice, or better yet to just shoot the breeze for a few minutes. I can truely say that he is one of the primary reasons that I have been able to reach the rank of Lieutenant, and I am eternally thankful to Pat for this. Pat you will truely be missed by more than you could imagine.

David Bessette

March 12, 2019

First of all I would like to express my sincerest condolences and deepest sympathy to thje family of Pat I hung around with Pat in the late 70's and 80's and attended Red Sox games Bruins games and Areosmith concerts with him too numerous to mention with his other friend Bob Holt. The road of life took us in different directions and we lost touch but I have the fondest memories of the times I spent with Pat they were some of the best times of my life Pat was just a great guy to be around and enjoyed life to the fullest RIP my friend

Jeffrey Burrell

March 12, 2019

Thanks Pat for all of your inspirational teaching over the years. I retired as a Lieutenant on the Quincy Police Department because I listened to what you taught me. Thanks again and RIP.

Jeff Burrell (retired QPD Lt.)

Scott Gonfrade

March 12, 2019

The Executive Board and Board of Directors of the Massachusetts's Constables' Coalition extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Attorney Pat Rogers at this difficult time.

Pat "Stand-by" Rogers exhibited great passion and love for his chosen law enforcement and legal career; never hesitating to offer support, guidance, humor and compassion to all who were lucky enough to have known him.

R. Scott Gonfrade,
Massachusetts's Constables' Coalition

RuthAnne Cowing

March 12, 2019

I will deeply miss Pat’s in-services , he always had a unique way of teaching that I greatly appreciated. I enjoyed his intense take on the law and life. I will miss our chats at the end of the class. Pat loved his family and his cats !
Thoughts and prayers to his family at this difficult time.

Paul Earl & Pamela Jean Rogers

March 12, 2019

My cousin Pat ; although your life was short you lived it to the fullest. You touched so many people in such a positive way. It's amazing to hear of all the love that is out there for you. What a great life you lived full of so many accomplishments. The family is so proud. Our prayers and condolences for all.
Your cousin Paul