NORTHPORT - Donald B. "Skip" Rogers, 64, died May 13, 2012, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Skip was born March 16, 1948, the eldest son of Donald B. and Margaret W. Rogers. He was raised in Belfast, Vinalhaven and Rockland. He graduated from Rockland High School, class of 1966. After graduation Skip joined the Navy and was assigned to the Seabees. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. After his discharge he attended Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute, Lewiston, earning a degree in drafting and survey. After graduation Skip was employed briefly by the state of Maine as a survey crew member and Central Maine Railroad. Skip started his career in carpentry roofing for Charlie Rowling. He was a general contractor building garages, decks and homes until his retirement in 2011. Skip was an avid lifelong motorcyclist; riding a Harley before riding a Harley was cool. He enjoyed bike trips around Maine, as well as traveling to Bike Week in Daytona, Fla., and Laconia, N.H. He was a member of Rockland Elks Club and a founding member of 100 Proof Gun Club. When not riding his Harley he could be found golfing in Brooks, Searsport and Rockland, and in tournaments around the state. Skip was a notable horticulturist and immensely enjoyed his green thumb endeavors. He enjoyed spending time with his canine companions, Augusta and Wilson, taking them on many walks and fishing trips around the nearby land trust. He and his brother, Stuart, had participated in various white water canoe races throughout the state. They competed in the White Water Nationals in Tennessee in 1987, finishing fifth after their canoe broke. Skip is survived by his wife, Sandra; his mother, Margaret of Belfast; his brothers, Stuart and his wife, Cinda, of Owls Head, Chris of Hope and George and his wife, Susan, of Lincolnville; his children, Tracy Bartlette, Matthew Rogers, Andrew Rogers, Kim Morse, Kathryn Woodrow and Rachael Courant; many cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Skip had a gift for making and retaining lifelong friends; far too many to list. He was quick for a joke and to be a loyal friend. We will miss him. A gathering of family and friends will take place 3-6 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Rockland Elks Club, Rankin Street, Rockland.
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Published in BDN Maine on May 16, 2012