William J. “Billy” Rogers, 66, Football Fan, Played for the Hillies

William J. “Billy” Rogers, age 66, of Bradford , died peacefully on March 30 at his home. He was the devoted husband of Linda (Belmont) Rogers for 44 years.

One of six children of Mary (Coffin) Rogers and the late Homer A. Rogers, he was born in Boston on January 6, 1952, and was a graduate of Haverhill High School, where he was a star player on the football team. He continued his education, receiving a degree from North Shore Community College, before moving on to law enforcement.

“Billy,” as he was known by many, was a Sergeant with the MIT Police Department, retiring after 42 dedicated years. He was proud of the multiple commendations he received for outstanding service and commitment throughout his career. He was also a certified EMT.

Rogers was very social and easy going, and with his great sense of humor could make anyone laugh. His greatest love was for his family. His life centered around making them happy and enjoying great times together.

In his spare time, he’d take his family to York, Maine, to savor the sun and fun at York Beach. He enjoyed taking rides around the ponds with his Yellow Lab, Shelby, who was constantly by his side; until she passed a few years ago. He also loved fishing and welcomed the quiet beauty of nature and the wildlife. For many years he was a regular at the Bradford Athletic Club and was a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots.

A very special heartfelt “Thanks” to Michelle and Sandy from Pathway Nursing for their kindness, support and compassion.

In addition to his wife, Linda of Bradford and his mother Mary, residing in Methuen, he is also survived by his “Baby Girl”, Candace Rogers and wife Jessica of Haverhill; brother, Robert Rogers and wife Susan of North Andover; four sisters, Maryann Rogers and husband Michael Woelfel of Bradford; Barbara McCarthy and husband Michael of Haverhill; Nancy Rogers of Newburyport; and Jane O’Connell and husband Thomas of North Andover; his three grandsons, who made him so proud, Thomas Morris, Michael Morris and Eli Rogers, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

Visiting hours at the Monument Square Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill will be Wednesday, April 4 from 3 – 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, April 5 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main Street, Bradford, followed by burial in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford. Donations in his memory can be made to Pathways Healthcare, 92 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180.