OBITUARY

Roger Lyle MacKay

May 16, 1942December 12, 2013
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Roger Lyle MacKay, age 71 of Middleport, entered into rest on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Born May 16, 1942 in Buffalo, Roger is the son of the late Lyle T. and Alice M. (Smith) MacKay.

Roger attended Tonawanda High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962 in the 1st Armored Division and 1st Cavalry in Korea. He earned Journeyman’s status at Niagara Machine and Tool, ending his machinist career with General Motors at Harrison Radiator Division in Lockport in 1995. Roger was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, bowling, golfing and snowmobiling as a member of the Breezy Riders of Olcott. He was also involved for many years with custom and classic cars as a member of Freewheelers Car Club of Niagara Falls winning many national and local awards. More recent years found him RVing with the Empire Happy Wanderers Camping Club. Roger lived in the moment enjoying his family and friends. He had a way of making those he met feel very special and his infectious laugh will be remembered by many.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis (Hass) MacKay; daughter, Deborah MacKay Ritz (Marty Weaver) of Lockport; brother, Thomas MacKay of Wilmington, NC; step-daughter, Christine (James) Washak of Medina; and step-son, Kenneth (Jeanne) Anstey of Medina. Roger’s grandchildren are: Michael Bouchard, Jamie Washak, Jessica Washak, Benjamin Anstey, Kasey Turrell and Steven Turrell. Great grandchildren are: Eliza Washak and Bentley Radka. Roger was predeceased by his parents and granddaughter, Samantha Bouchard.

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at the Sherrie-Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main Street, Gasport, on Friday, December 20, 2013 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:30 am at the United Methodist church, 9 Park Avenue, Middleport, NY with the Reverend James Knapp officiating.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church of Middleport or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Please sign the guest register at www.sherriebreamfuneralhome.com and leave a condolence for the family.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, December 20, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, December 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 21, 2013
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Roger Lyle MacKay

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Betty Dolphin

December 21, 2013

Phyllis...I am so sorry to hear about Roger. He was a great guy and friend. My prayers are with you and your family.

Betty

December 21, 2013

Phyllis and family members, Very sad to hear of Roger's passing. We enjoyed your and Roger's company and conversations at church functions and Roger's contagious smiles and laughter.. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him while on life's journey. God's blessings upon his soul.
Jack & Kay Peracciny

December 20, 2013

Phyllis and family: We were so sad to hear of the loss of our good friend, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and him. We cherish the memories of good times together with the cars, especially Frankenmuth.
Babe and Marge Rotella

December 20, 2013

TO My BFF ---I am so very sorry about Roger. Dave and I feel fortunate to have known him and to have shared THE REEL Florida with both of you.
I loved hearing him laugh . He had a joyful soul no matter the daily circumstances and he certainly shared it with everyone around him. What a special man he was and what a loving couple you were .. I wish I could be there with you. I am so sad for you.
Love you -----Connie

Daniel Wojcik

December 20, 2013

Phyllis, I'll sorry to here of Roger's passing. It was my honor to work with him, I will miss the conversation we had during his visit's. Take care

December 20, 2013

Phyllis, I had some of my best times with Roger, he always let me win when we raced our scooters. We had some great vacations with both of you, from the Thousand Islands to Florida, great memories. Sure Go Na miss him. Sharon Broeker

Aaron Radka

December 19, 2013

One of the most genuinely kind hearted people I have ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with Phyllis and her family.

December 19, 2013

Dear Phyllis & family, I am so sorry to hear about Roger's passing. I am so glad Dale & I got to know both of you. The pictures in the photo gallery are so nice. You have so many precious memories no one can ever take away. I am sure he & Dale are already talking cars in the "Big Garage in the sky". My thoughts & prayers are with you. Take care. Sharon Brown

December 19, 2013

Goodbye my good friend. Surely will miss you and all the good times we had together. I'll always remember the fun we had with "our fish" and the laughs. Rest in peace good buddy. Al p.s. I'll feed the fish!!!!!

December 19, 2013

Phyllis Ernie and I are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Roger so much. He was always such a good friend to us. He always had a smile for everyone it didn't matter how much pain and discomfort he was in. He was a wonderful person. We will so miss the great times we all had together. We will always remember our trips with our antique cars, and our weekend camping. We have so many happy memories that will always be with us. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family. Love Sandy And Ernie Haskins