ROGERS, Michael Andrew



Michael Andrew Rogers  –  On Tuesday, February 27, 2024. He is survived by his wife Pamela (nee Lowe), daughter Adrienne (Jordan) and grandson Jackson, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Brother of Joseph and Clarence. Pre-deceased by his parents John Burnaby Rogers and Kathleen Rogers (nee Seale) and sisters Mary Goodfellow, Helen De Sa and Ethel (Rose) Fernandes.

Michael was born in British Guiana, WI, July 31, 1940. In 1963 he and his wife moved to Ottawa (un-ceded Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation), joining his great uncle’s family. He joined the City of Ottawa, after finishing college and studies at McMaster University.

Michael leaves a legacy of love, patience and kindness. No matter the struggle or difficulty, Michael always greeted you with a smile and left you with a handshake, tight hug or a prayer if you would permit. His life was a mini-ministry of love, acceptance and non-judgement to all who crossed his path.

Himself an at-risk child, Michael ministered not only to adults, but when his own child was young, always sought to support and help children. Michael tutored children struggling in math when his own child was in elementary school. He taught the neighbourhood kids to ride bikes and mow lawns. He donated to organizations like Care and Save the Children. The neighbourhood kids remember him driving them to the Museum of Science and Technology, Mooney’s Bay and other fun destinations. He enjoyed carving pumpkins and playing checkers, Candyland, Jenga and Chutes and Ladders with his beloved grandson.

One childhood friend from the neighbourhood remarked that he always took us around and anywhere that we wanted to go. Another childhood friend remarked that it was wonderful that he was the daddy who was always home and that he never got mad at us, even when he should have! And another, Adrienne’s house was always fun because her dad let us do anything we wanted and always helped up in our fort-building projects, whether wisely built or not. And one of his nieces noted that he was always loving, gentle and kind not only to us, but to everyone around him!

Donations to the following Ottawa organizations would be most appreciated: Salvation Army Ottawa, Shepherds of Good Hope Ottawa, Jericho Road, Addiction Treatment Centre Ottawa, any food donation bank in your vicinity or any children’s support organization.

Our deepest thanks to Reverand Laird Eddy and Diane Eddy as well as to Ray Desmaraisand the staff at Wesburn Manor  for their help and care.

Funeral and burial to take place Saturday, March 9, 2024 at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery and Crematorium, 737 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, Ontario. Visitation 1:30-2:00pm. Funeral 2:00pm. Burial to follow on site afterwards, and a reception also onsite after the burial. All are welcome.

If you are struggling with mental health challenges, please know that you are loved and not alone. Please consider reaching out to the following:,, ,,,, any publicly posted suicide hotline within your immediate vicinity.

‘And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.’

1 Corinthians 15:26
JK Rowling – Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

3 replies
  1. Coleen McLaughlin
    Coleen McLaughlin says:

    Adrienne, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet dad. Being babysat next door to you, I spent a lot of time at your house. Your dad was kind and patient and it was evident you were his pride and joy. He was lucky to have you and I know you felt the same way. Pam, I am sorry you lost the love of your life. I am happy that you were able to be there for him as he journeyed to be with the Lord. I am sending virtual hugs now, and will give you both real ones on Saturday xoxo

  2. Christine McBride
    Christine McBride says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Mr. Rogers was so generous with his smile and his openness and his curiosity. He was welcoming and accepting every time I saw him.
    I see his joy passed on through Adrienne and Jackson.
    I am so grateful to have known him.


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