Thomas J. Rogers
Thomas J. Rogers
  • December 14, 1949 - January 19, 2017
  • Keene, New Hampshire

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Thomas John Rogers 67, of Keene, NH, died unexpectedly on January 19, 2017 from an influenza infection and ALS.

He was born in Boston, MA on December 14, 1949, the son of John Rogers and Elizabeth (Donovan) Rogers.

He moved to Keene ten years ago to take care of his elderly father and step-mother. After their deaths he worked for Chesco as a health aide until he was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 and lost the use of his arms and hands.

He was a talented and self-taught musician and when he could no longer play the piano or guitar, he could still sing and loved to jam with his good friends. He joked with anyone he interacted with and frequently pretended to be British, German, or African. All in-coming phone calls were answered, 'Keene Free Dance Academy', and spoken as though he was a member of the British upper crust. He was at the first Woodstock in 1969 and after his sophomore year he left behind a full scholarship to Tufts University to join the counterculture. He maintained a fierce anger about every kind of injustice which he saw everywhere he looked and he viewed American foreign policy as a major obstacle to world peace.

He was an outspoken advocate for truth and justice and was a regular member of the Peace Vigil group which meets at Central Square on Saturday mornings until the ALS made it too difficult. He was the founder of a panel show on local Channel 8 called "The Tip of the Iceberg" which gave him and the other panelists a forum for issues not usually discussed in the mainstream media.

Tom leaves a sister, Jacqueline Cleary and her husband, Bill, of Westmoreland, NH, a sister Mary Rogers and her spouse, Claire Cassidy, of Boston, and a younger sister Christine Rogers and her husband Marc Croteau of Ivoryton, Connecticut. He also leaves nieces, Elizabeth Cleary of Westmoreland and Genevieve Croteau of Kensington, MD and a nephew, Jon Croteau of Washington DC. He leaves his girlfriend Elizabeth Ammon of Amherst, MA who came out of the blue like an angel in the last year of his life and supplied love, affection, nutrition and all her nursing skills to keep him healthy. He also loved his very close friends Brianna Pearl, Craig Rice, and Tony Larghi, of Keene. These and other friends made the two years since his ALS diagnosis the happiest of his life. Their help and company made him able to live independently right up to his death.

No immediate services are planned.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Thomas' memory to the Hundred Nights Shelter, Hundred Nights, Inc., PO Box 833, Keene, NH 03431-0833.