Frederick Rogler, Jr., of Burrillville, RI, passed away suddenly on Sunday, February 7th, 2021, at home at the age of 77. Fred was born on January 20th, 1944, to the late Frederick Rogler and Margaret (Canavey) Rogler of Smithfield, RI. In addition to his parents, Fred was predeceased by his sister Helen (Rogler) Lapham and brothers John C. and Robert F. Rogler. He is survived by his loyal and devoted companion of 23 years, Roy Montoya of Burrillville, RI, and his loving sister, Patricia (Rogler) Clark of Wakefield, RI. Fred leaves behind his close cousin, Prescott Mowry, who was like a brother to him. He also leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends from many countries, including David Ivankovich.
Fred graduated from Classical High School (1961) and then received a B.S. from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree from Providence College, both in history. Fred then became an avid Social Studies teacher of 30 years in the North Smithfield Jr-Sr. High School. One of his greatest pleasures was in leading students to experience the different cultures of the world. He led several student trips to the former Soviet Union (Russia), Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, Morocco, Ireland, Italy, and more, 10 trips in all. Personally, he was an ardent traveler as well, experiencing the cultures of China, South Africa, Egypt, Norway, and many more. After his retirement from the public school system, Fred went on to teach at Our Lady of Mercy School in East Greenwich, RI, for several years.
In addition to his travel, Fred had a deep love of nature, especially a fascination with the flight and habits of birds. All through his life he had many pet birds, including a Canadian goose. He often rescued wounded birds and took care of them at his beach house in Point Judith. He thoroughly enjoyed spending all of his summers there, where he would go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean. He generously shared his beautiful beach home with relatives, friends, and pets.
He was also an avid Bridge player, reaching the rank of Silver Life Master. Fred had an extreme zest for life, a great sense of humor, and thoroughly enjoyed being the life of the party. He will be missed tremendously by all of his family, friends, and his beloved dogs, Princess Kiara and Franchesco Giovanni Primero, and his rabbit, Chester.
Public visitation will be held Monday, February 15, 2021, from 11am – 12:30pm in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket. Social distancing guidelines will be followed upon your arrival. Attendance for his funeral service will be private, but may be viewed live online at 1pm at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/96750999 Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rhode Island SPCA, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915.
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