IN MEMORIAM: Peter W. Rogan

by Jane Ahrens

Peter Walter Rogan, 89, of Clearwater, FL passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014 in Largo, FL. He was born on March 8, 1924, in Germany, son of Peter J. Rogan, who was stationed there during WWI, and Lina (Forster) Rogan.

He spent his childhood in Honolulu, HI and Fishers Island, NY. During his adult life he lived in Windsor, CT and summered at Fishers Island, NY before retiring to Clearwater, FL.

He was a veteran of WWII and proudly served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific. While there he was involved in several conflicts and fought bravely at the Battle of Okinawa. Upon returning to the United States, he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He earned a 6th year certificate at the University of Hartford. It was at the University of Connecticut that he met his wife, Janet (Freitag) Rogan to whom he was married for 47 years and raised seven children.

He was a licensed Professional Engineer and worked as such at Emhart Corporation before beginning his teaching career. For over twenty years, he was a math professor at Central Connecticut State University and also served on the Board of Education for the Town of Windsor. He was a member of the Hay Harbor Club, the Cove Cay Country Club and a 55-year member of the VFW.

Peter was predeceased by his wife, Janet F. Rogan and son, Timothy J. Rogan; his parents Peter J. Rogan and Lina F. Rogan; a brother Bernard Rogan and sister Ann (Rogan) Leger.

He loved being surrounded by his many children and grandchildren especially at Fishers Island. He enjoyed playing golf, playing bridge, walking on the beach, going barefoot, and gathering mussels and clams for his famous clam chowder. He also loved his many friends from Windsor, CT, Fishers Island, NY and Cove Cay Country Club, FL. Everyone who knew him loved his great sense of humor and he was also an altruistic man known for his generosity. Throughout his life he was a man of deep faith who always placed his trust in Christ.

He is survived by his loving wife Sue Barlow-Rogan and leaves seven beloved children and three beloved step-children: Peter F. and Barbara Rogan; Suzanne Sauve; Thomas I. Rogan and Christine Hart; Joan E. and Dean Marchessault; David A. and Susan Rogan; Paul F. and Shannon Rogan; Jan A. and Glenn Edwards; Andrew Barlow and Jim Behanna; Nancy Barlow and Gary Treadwell; Margaret Barlow-Worth and Jeff Worth. He also leaves 20 cherished grandchildren and four cherished step-grandchildren. Survivors include his beloved siblings Major James Rogan (US Army retired); Harry Rogan; P. Joseph Rogan; and sisters Mary Stather and Gail Rogan-Garill.

A funeral service will be held at 1 PM, Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 693 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL followed by a reception at Cove Cay Country Club. A memorial service will be held in North Stonington, CT this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice and the American Cancer Society.

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