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Jay Albert Rogers
  • April 03, 1939
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  • February 16, 2013

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Services for R:.W:. Jay A Rogers, PDDGM, 16th Masonic Districe of Florida. Jay A. Rogers, 73 of Edgewater, FL passed away suddenly at home and went to be with the Lord February 16,2013. He was born April 3, 1939, in Bath, Maine to Artland K. and Alma Mills Rogers. The family moved to Portland, Maine in 1952 where he graduated from Portland High School in 1958. As a teenager, he started work at Day's Jewelry and Appliance Store, first as an errand boy, doing many varied jobs and finally obtaining the position of Major appliance service technician, working there for more than twenty-five years. He then worked for Gray Electronics, Gray, Maine, as a troubleshooter for Kelvinator Products, traveling Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and up-state New York. He married his high school sweetheart on February 28, 1959 and they celebrated almost 54 years of marriage together. In 1983 they hopped on their Gold Wing motorcycle and moved from Poland Spring, ME. to Edgewater, Florida. He was employed by New Smyrna Sheet Metal as a major appliance and air conditioning technician until his retirement in 2004 due to vision problems. He was a member of the United Church of Christ of New Smyrna Beach from 1985 - 2007 where he served as moderator and on many other committees. He attended 1st Presbyterian Church of New Smyrna Beach from 2011 to present. A Master Mason for 47 years, he was devoted to Masonry. He was a member and Past Master of Casco Lodge No. 36, AF & AM, Yarmouth, Maine and Past Master and perpetual member of New Smyrna Lodge No. 149, F & AM, New Smyrna Beach, FL. Charter member and Past Master Mason Assoc., District #16, FL, F & AM: Past High Priest, RAC, Cumberland Chapter #35, Yarmouth, Maine and Past Grand Principal Sojourner, RAC of Maine, member BOAZ Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, New Gloucester, Maine: Past Commander of St. Alban Commandery #8, Knights Templar, Portland, Maine; member Portland Council #4, and Dunlap Council #8, Royal & Select Masons of Auburn, Maine; member Mt. Sinai Greenleaf Chapter, York Rite; Perpetual member Scottish Rite in the Valley of Orlando, Orient of FL; member of Space Coast Council #32, Knight Masons of the USA; member of John R. Phelps York Rite College, #31,Orlando, FL; member of Oxford Lodge #1, Ark Mariners, Norway, Maine; member The Royal Order of Scotland, The Provincial Grand Lodge, USA; District Deputy Grand Master, District #17, Grand Lodge of Maine, 1982-1983; District Deputy Grand Master, District #16, Grand Lodge of FL, 2002-2003; Past Patron New Smyrna Chapter #3, OES and Daytona Chapter #1, OES; member Golden Sheaf Chapter #114, OES, New Gloucester, Maine; Past Watchman of Shepherds, Messiah Shrine #10, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Daytona Beach, FL and member of Rugged Cross Shrine #5, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, New Hampshire. Jay enjoyed motorcycling, boating, old cars and NASCAR. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Dorothy (Deedee), as well as their two children, Jay II (Suzanne) of New Smyrna Beach and Debra Cain (Kevin) of Auburn, Maine; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grand children; brother, Artland K. Rogers (Caroline), Norway, Maine; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Earle Rogers and sister, Shirley Larkin, preceded him in death. He is also missed by his Florida to Maine traveling companions: Lacey, Duncan, Hefty and Cody. Jay loved the Lord.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Diabetes Assn.  2290 Lucien Way Maitland FL 32751 - diabetes.org or Knight's Templar Eye Foundation c/o Grand Chapter of FL, OES,  Box 97, Bonifay, FL 32425, memo Knights Templar,  memory of Jay Rogers. Condolences may be sent to www.baldwincremation.com           A Celebration of his Life will be held at New Smyrna Masonic Lodge, 300 Washington St., New Smyrna Beach, FL on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm, Pastor David Kearzirian, 1st Presbyterian Church of New Smyrna Beach, officiating, followed by Eastern Star and Masonic Services. Reception will follow in the dining room.

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  1. Anita & David Haskill says:
    07 Mar 2013
    So sad that Jay has left us but glad we had the privilege of knowing him. He was a gentleman and a scholar. I will never forget the impression he made on me when he performed the entire Masonic ceremony, from memory, at my father-in-laws service. Dot, we hope that you and the family find comfort with your memories and peace in your hearts. He will live on there, for us all.

  2. Laura J Palmer says:
    07 Mar 2013
    Dot and family, I can't tell you how sad this makes us! Jay was an integral part of our lives for so many years. He helped us in so many ways! He is and will continue to be missed for a long time. May you have peace and tranquility during this period of mourning. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.... Laura & Carrie

  3. Robin Benishek says:
    07 Mar 2013
    To the family of Jay , I just read that Jay went to be with the Lord a few weeks ago, Louie doesnt talk much to me since he walked out of my life, but I want you all to know my heart went out to Jay , He impressed me when I went to the lodge and he was the speaker, Jay was a very gifted man with his knowledge of masonery very impressive to talk and quote the book of masonery and remember most all of the time. Great man and Ill always remember him for his kindness, and love of what he believed in thanks for letting me be a part of your husband, fathers grandpappys life Robin Benishek

  4. Stephen Tilley, DDGM says:
    18 Feb 2013
    My Brother, you were the man and Mason we all wish to be, and a living example of how to do it right. We will all miss you terribly, but also find comfort in the knowledge that you're in the Celestial Lodge On High where we will one day see you again, ni doubt to once more learn something from you.

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