Monday, December 20, 2021

Dave Rogers Passes

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of local musician, Dave Rogers. He passes after a brave battle with Cancer. Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. He was the son of the late Hamilton musician Stan Rogers.

His obituary:

David Gregory Nasmith ROGERS

In his 53rd year, after a brief, courageous battle with colorectal cancer. He is survived by his Mom, Ariel Rogers (Scott Cameron Smith), his sisters, Beth Cassey (Roger) and Kate McLaughlin (Jeffrey-deceased 2020) and his brother Nathan Rogers (Jan); and he leaves also to mourn him, his long-time friend and companion Pamela Taylor. He will be greatly missed by his four adoring nieces, Violet, Beatrice, Eloise and Bella-Sophia. David is also survived by many aunts and uncles and cousins who will also always remember him for his crooked grin, his brilliant guitar playing and his ready advice on all things "FOOD." Cremation has taken place. A private funeral service will be held with plans for a Family Reunion and a Celebration of Life Picnic with Music in early summer 2022. The family wishes to thank Dr. Kate Prangley for her remarkable care and support of Dave's wish to be with his family in his final days; the wonderful care of the Palliative Care Outreach Team and the ongoing work of the Juravinski Cancer Hospital.

At Dave's request, please donate to his favourite charity, below and despite the restrictions of the COVID-19 virus and its variants placed on clinics, "stand firm and get tested!"

Please support Wayside House, Hamilton ~

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Aengus Finnan

He was a kind, creative, complex, sweetheart of a guy.

He loved music, cooking, and he especially loved Pam.

Along with Trevor Mills, I had the honour of traveling every inch of North America with Dave for years, playing songs and telling stories from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Yukon to Texas in cafes and churches, schools and pubs, lodges and studios, hotel bedrooms and ballrooms, concert halls and festival stages.

He was a great musician, a loyal friend, and a happy-go-lucky sideman. He and Trev co-arranged my North Wind album, recorded the third live, and he taught me plenty about music, and about humility.

He lost an impossible battle with cancer, but he won an equally arduous battle with alcohol a few years ago by getting sober. I’ve never been prouder of a person who had hit rock bottom and did everything in his power to change his path when it seemed utterly unsurmountable, and ultimately turned his final years into something beautiful.

Recently we reconnected and despite the prognosis he was his buoyant self, looking at the positive, envisioning a best-case scenario, and we even joked about hitting the road again.

I’ll see you out there somewhere down the road buddy.

Love you!

Chris Cracknell

I have learned today that my friend Dave Rogers now only lives on this earth in the hearts and memories of his friends and family. My condolences to the entire Rogers family and to all those whose lives have been blessed by the privilege of knowing this brilliantly talented, funny, and warm man. I will miss you Dave.

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