Roland Laine

January 12, 1951May 5, 2019

Roland Walter Laine, 68, formerly of Old Saybrook, CT for 60 years, now residing in Groton, CT, died peacefully in his sleep Sunday, May 5th.

Roland was born in Miami, FL on January 12, 1951, son of Florence vanDoorn and Arthur Laine.

He leaves a sister Bunnie Louise Lubs and her husband, Jim, of Old Saybrook, 2 nieces, 2 nephews, and 2 great nephews.

Roland graduated from Old Saybrook High School, Class of 1969. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology and apprenticed under Photographer Jim Boothman and eventually purchased his Saybrook Studio Photography Business in 1972 until 2002. From 1998 to 2012, Roland was the Executive Assistant to the Old Saybrook First Selectman where he was the Town’s Representative to the Estuary Transit District for many years. He was an initial member of the Building and Restoration Committee for The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and served as its Chairman from 2008-2010. Roland was a Charter Member of the CT Professional Photographers Association from 1972-2019 and served as their Board member, Secretary and was the Executive Manager for 14 years. He was a very talented photographer and enjoyed cooking and baking and music. He also served on the Vestry at Grace Episcopal Church.

A Graveside Burial Service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in the Memorial Garden, 336 Main Street, Old Saybrook, on Saturday May 18 at 11:00 AM with Father Charlie Hamill officiating.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Grace Episcopal Church or Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services.

Swan Funeral Home, Old Saybrook, CT is in charge of arrangements.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, May 18, 2019


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Anne Tarrio Swanson

May 12, 2019

Roland and I were birthday twins, both born on January 12th. I always teased him, because he was a year older! We were in the same class, from first grade on, and throughout our school years, he was always a likable, soft-spoken guy. We lost touch after high school, but reconnected after 40 years, at a reunion. Through the magic of the internet, we kept in touch. I am grateful for that! Blessings on thee, Rogie.

Carol Conklin

May 12, 2019

With Appreciation for all Roland's sincere interest and efforts in the town! We spent alot of time together when he was a photographer and i was doing wedding favors for my chocolate shop , coordinating wedding business and brochures for Main street. We always enjoyed our cooking and recipe discussions, and he was so proud when his kitchen was "state of the art" remodeled. Rest in Peace, and sympathy to all family.

Juliana Pierre

May 10, 2019

I am deeply saddened to hear of Rogie's death, yet so glad that we were able to share many memories and have many late night telephone conversations, especially the last few years. We were both "Reservoir Road kids" and spent countless hours at the lake and walking through the Connecticut woods. We became fast friends as kids and we remained good friends throughout the years. I loved Rogie's sense of humor the most, and will miss him greatly. He was one of the most beautiful human beings I ever met. Love you always, Ro!

Rob and Pat Goldenburg

May 10, 2019

Roland and I have been fast friends since Freshman year at RIT. Together, we attended events and parties, as well as photo adventures–from Vine Valley, where we discovered a mountain road where objects appeared to roll up hill, to Niagara Falls, where we found ourselves on the wrong side of the safety rails that were buried under ice and snow. I met my wife at RIT, too, but that didn't dampen our friendship. We all became great friends and continued our RIT adventures.
Roland was a gracious and kind person with a warm heart. We all will miss him.
Our deepest sympathy to his family.

Nicole Gergler

May 10, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Roland. I had the pleasure of working with him at the Town of Old Saybrook. He was a wonderful person and I'm sure will be missed by many.
My condolences to his family.

Joyce Olson Mathews

May 9, 2019

I'm am so sorry to learn of Roland's passing. We went to high school together. I last saw him at our 45th high school reunion, and I was looking forward to seeing him at our 50th high school reunion in July. While in high school, I was in a Shutterbug Club with Rogie (that's what we called him in high school). He took lots of photos for our yearbook. I will always remember him as a kind-hearted, good-natured soul.

Lynne Brewer

May 9, 2019

Dear Bunnie and family. I am so saddened to learn of Roland’s passing. I will always remember him as being a wonderful, loving son to your Mom.
May he rest in the peace he so deserves.