Bill Rogers was born in Erie, PA as one of four children. When he was 11 years old, his mother fell ill and he moved to Hamilton, NY to be raised by his grandmother. At 14 years old, Bill moved to Buffalo to live with his aunt and uncle. Bill’s first experience working in the furniture business came when he worked at Vinny Stark’s at age 16. After working several jobs, he entered the US Army at age 23. While Bill was stationed in France, he had the unique opportunity of meeting Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and gambling with them in the French Riviera. After his time in the military, he returned to Buffalo and worked in the furniture business driving trucks for Vinny and the downtown delivery service. He and Vinny Opened Main Crest Furniture in Buffalo which he operated until the subway was built on main Street. In 1985, Bill bought Sans Furniture on Sheridan Drive and then purchased a second store a year later in Hamburg, NY. Both stores ran for about five years until they were consolidated into one store in Hamburg; to this day, it is still a family run business. Bill was also the past president and Commodore of the Greater Buffalo Business and Advertising Club. He was also a proud member of the Fat Man’s Club.
When Bill was younger, he enjoyed sailing and has belonged to the Buffalo Yacht Club for many years. His sail boats were named “The Good Times” and “Beau Bear.” Golfing was also another cherished hobby of Bill’s and he loved playing many golf courses, especially Terry Hills. He loved old westerns, Hopalong Cassidy was one of his favorites; Diane named one cat after a character in Gunsmoke, Miss Kitty, and Bill named another after Frank Sinatra, Mickey Blue Eyes.
Bill was a season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills on the 45-yard line, 21 rows up where the view was perfect. He also enjoyed bowling and playing poker with his friends. He met his wife Diane on Sweetest Day and coerced her with a piece of candy.
Diane and Bill dated for ten years and then married. The two enjoyed their family of four, Bill, Bethanne, Maria, and Mike. He was a proud grandfather of 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren who all called him “Papa Bear” or “Grandpa Bear.”
Bill Rogers was always a gentleman and never spoke an unkind word about anyone. He will truly be missed by those that experienced his light and love.
Rogers, William A. “Bill” August 20, 2020 of Hamburg, NY. Beloved husband and best friend of Diane (nee Ebar) Rogers; devoted father of William (Marianne) Ralbovsky, Bethanne (Kevin) Friedman, Maria (Roger) Kaczmarek, and Michael (Michelle) Ralbovsky; loving brother of James Rogers, late Frank (Constance) Rogers, and late Shirley Davis; cherished “Papa Bear” of 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends received on Saturday, August 29 from 10 – 11 AM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. (corner Camp Rd. & Rte. 5) Hamburg, NY 716-627-2919. Where a memorial service will immediately follow at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Please make online donations and condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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Saturday, August 29, 2020
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