September 20, 2017
Born in Catskill
Resided in Catskill, NY
Roger “The Mailman” was a fixture in Catskill for 31 years . He walked from Hop-O-Nose, up Main St and Maple Ave. and back to the Post Office, greeting many friends along the way. He belonged to the National Assoc. of Letter Carriers and served as Shop Steward for the Catskill Post Office. He retired in 1998.
He was a hardworking, dedicated man, whether it was at his job, working at the family farm, or tinkering and fixing anything and everything he could. His somewhat quiet demeanor masked a dry sense of humor. He always had time for others, whether it was coaching youth soccer or driving a carload of rowdy Boy Scouts to weekend camp. He was unusually skilled at correctly sizing other people up but always focused on their positive aspects, never the negative. Once you were his friend (and he made friends easily), you were his friend for life. No matter what happened, his outlook was always positive. As he said, “I’ve always been an optimist, and tomorrow is always another day.”
A lifelong sports, and especially baseball fan, he waited 56 years to see his beloved San Francisco (previously New York) Giants win the World Series again in 2010. From there, he got to see two more World Series victories for the team he cheered for so long.
On a personal level, Roger was a member of the championship Catskill High School basketball teams in the late 1950’s. He enjoyed bowling in the Catskill Bowling leagues for over 40 years and served as past president of the Wednesday Night league.
In his younger years he loved playing softball in the Catskill Softball League and with several traveling teams. Roger gave back to the next generation, who enjoy sports, by coaching several local youth sports teams. In later years he played softball with the “Old Timers League.” Throughout his life, sports were a great source of pleasure for him.
Roger was one of the rare people you meet in life that everyone seemed to genuinely adore. He always had a kind word to say, time to stop and catch up, time to help others, and a calm, gentle demeanor. His strong, innate moral compass steered him to do what was right throughout his life. He was a wonderful father and grandfather who set a great example for the younger members of his family. He wasn’t big on verbose lectures but led through the strength and conviction of those examples. Most of all he had a giant, caring heart, a heart that emanated honest, true empathy and appreciation for other.
Husband of Tracey Moore, father of Alison Buckley Rivenburgh of Catskill and Steve Moore of San Francisco, CA; brother of Neal Moore of Colonie; grandfather of Megan and Matthew Rivenburgh; uncle of David Moore. Several cousins also survive.
There will be a gathering of family and friends on Friday, October 13th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home, 139 Jefferson Hgts., Catskill, with a Funeral Service conducted at 7:00 p.m.
Contributions, in Roger’s memory, may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.
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Catskill, NY USA 12414
Catskill, NY USA 12414