James F. Rogers, 85, of E. Falmouth, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Grace A. (Packish) Rogers and former husband of Jane (Smith) Souza.
James was born in New Bedford but was a life long resident of Falmouth. He was the son of the late Bernard F. and Martha (Hallett) Rogers.
James attended Falmouth schools and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in WW II, and was discharged in 1946. He attended Norwich University and Boston University.
He was appointed Call Firefighter at age 15 in December of 1942, provisional permanent firefighter on November 1, 1949, Deputy Fire Chief at age 28 in 1955 and Falmouth Fire Dept. Chief in 1978. He retired in February 1986.
He acquired land on Palmer Avenue and developed two roads, Rogers Road and Hallett’s Lane in the early 60’s. He finished his career of service with the town of Falmouth as Bridge Tender for the Eel Pond Bridge in Woods Hole.
James was a lifetime member of the Falmouth Lodge of Elks and lifetime member and former President of the Midway Trap and Skeet club. Also a member of International Associated of Fire Chiefs, New England Association of Fire Chiefs, Fire Chiefs Association of Mass, Mass Fire Prevention Association and former President of Mass. Institute of Fire Department Instructors. James was also a Town Meeting Member from 1957 to 1970, a member of the Amvets Post 70 and Sandwich American Legion Post 188.
He enjoyed deer hunting in his earlier years and always enjoyed swimming at Falmouth beaches.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Dennis of Sharon, Glen of Essex, Ann Cummings of Falmouth, James B. of Mashpee, Michael of Bourne, Pamela Rogers-Gargan of E. Falmouth, Richard, of E. Falmouth, Terrance of E. Falmouth and John of E. Falmouth, 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by his sisters, Isabel Krause of Miami, FL, Margaret Fry of Falmouth and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Martha Sabo.
Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 pm on Tuesday, March 5th at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St., Falmouth Center. A funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday March 6, at the Church of the Messiah, Church Street, Woods Hole. Burial will follow in the Churchyard.
Memorial donations may be made to Falmouth Fire and Rescue 399 Main ST. Falmouth, MA 02540.