Detective (Ret). David M. Rogers, age 67 of Toms River , passed away Sunday, September 21, 2008 , at Kimball Medical Center , Lakewood .
He retired from the Lakewood Police Department as a Detective after nearly 30 years of service and was a member of PBA Local 71. He was a US Navy veteran attached to a CB Battalion and saw service in Guantanamo Bay , Cuba , Hawaii , Spain , New Zealand and Antarctica . His hobbies included antique cars, playing pool, stamp and coin collecting and he was most passionate about collecting Leigh Valley trains and memorabilia. Born in Passaic , he grew up in Bergenfield where he graduated from High School. He lived in Park Ridge before moving to Toms River in 1972. He was predeceased by his father Philip in 1981 and his mother Mary in 1995.
He is survived by
his wife of 42 years, Evelyn Rogers.
Two daughters and their husbands: Kristine and John Kovaleski of PA;
Sharon and Vinnie Semanchick of FL.
Four active and loving Grandsons: Christopher, Matthew, Zachary and Vincent.
Two sisters and their husbands: Ann and Norm Sayce of FL;
Joan and Dan McNulty of DE.
Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate David’s life with his family on Wednesday from 3 to 6 pm with a memorial service being offered at 5:30pm at the Kedz Funeral Home, 1123 Hooper Ave. , Toms River . In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lakewood PBA Local 71 Scholarship Fund, 231 3rd Street , Lakewood , NJ 08701 in his memory would be appreciated.