FRANKLIN — Roger Corey, a longtime resident of Franklin, passed away peacefully Friday November 20, 2020 at his home with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Johnson, Vt., on April 24, 1943, to the late Winfred and Marion (Lafley) Corey.
Roger was an avid sportsman looking forward to hunting season each year tagging many deer and even a bear. In his early years Roger took part in many big projects including the construction of I89 in the ’70s, the building of the Saint Albans City School and retired as a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He took great pride in his work and post-retirement founded Sunstate Installers in Apopka, Fla., which he operated for many years constructing playgrounds in schools and churches across Florida. Moving back to Vermont in 2000, Roger continued to putter with his heavy equipment throughout the years, always willing to lend a hand on the job.
Roger was a regular ball player and made many lifelong friends playing on the men’s league, Beauregard Equipment softball team. He was a renowned pool shark winning many tournaments, and he was a big Red Sox fan and a huge Dale Earnhardt fan, never missing a race. A lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion Green Mountain Post 1 and the Elks Lodge 1566, he could often be found at many of the local clubs around the area on Friday afternoons enjoying a cold beer served by his favorite bartender Shawn White. On Sunday mornings Roger enjoyed visits to the Hen House to see his daughter and granddaughter for his favorite meal — sausage gravy and biscuits. He also enjoyed his many trips to Waterbury to see old friends and family with his son Brian, and regular trips to the casino with his good friend Porter Hodgdon. Roger was blessed with many good friends, Wayne Laroche, Danny Lavigne, Tuffy Mulheron, Donnie and Kelly St. Francis, Frank Belrose, Vaughn Bourgeois, Gary Rice, Carroll Boudreau, John Flood, Neil and Kathy Stephens and boys, and many, many others. Thank you as well to the Depatie’s, who he loved to sugar with.
Roger is survived by his wife, Paula (Robtoy) Corey; sons, Joey, Jeff, Brian and his wife Amy; daughters, Amy and her husband Joe, Trudy, Vicki, and Amy Sue; grandchildren, Emilie Pearo, Paul Martin, Kiley Martin, Abigail Corey, Blaise Harrison, Khennede Scott, Jade Corbett, Jillian Corbett, Collin Kun, Chad Dubie, Brad Dubie, Amanda Dubie, Angela Dubie, Kourtnee Nielson, Kadence Nielson, and Collin, Connor and Cooper Cross; seven great grandchildren; brother-in-law, John “Sonny” Hall; special nephew, Todd Curtis; sisters-in-law, Rosie Corey and Peggy Donahue; childhood friend, Linda Lamson; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. Besides his parents, Roger was predeceased by his siblings, Ronnie, Cedric, Junior, Linda and Audrey; special cousin, Reggie Corey; mother-in-law, Lillian Robtoy; brothers-in-law, Joe Robtoy and Tom Donahue; great nephew, Kevin St. Francis; friends Donald “Ducky” Lamson, Charlie St. Francis, son-in-law, Paul Dubie; special pets, Jake and Buddy; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Special thanks to Kevin LaPan and John LaFrance and to those who visited him throughout the years to have a cold one and tinker with his equipment — it meant so much to him and he enjoyed spending his time with all of you.
Special thanks to Bayada Healthcare for the exceptional care provided in his final days.
He fought a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease and held on long enough to hold the hand of his newest great-granddaughter, Isabella.
Following Roger’s wishes there will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date in the spring.
Contributions in Roger’s memory can be made to the Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478, for he loved his beloved rescue cats Lucy and Lucky.
Please visit the Goss Life Celebration Homes website to share condolences, photos and favorite memories at www.gossfs.com.