In the wake of profound loss, we gather to remember George Douglas Rogers (38), a man whose life radiated with warmth and love. On a fateful Tuesday, August 29, 2023, we bid farewell to him due to a tragic automobile accident. George was the cherished husband of Andrea Sullivan Rogers, and his story began in Wilmington, DE, as the beloved son of George Francis Rogers and Carolyn Slay Grigsby.
George was a master of the art of construction and home improvements, a true fixer of all things. He took immense pride in his work, even finding joy in rescuing discarded items from the roadside and restoring them to usefulness. While he made a living as a contractor, his heart truly belonged to music, a passion that he shared with family and loved ones. Under the stage name Guitar George, he graced numerous bands and solo gigs with his melodious tunes. His music transcended boundaries, from local venues to the shores of NJ, DE, and MD, even reaching the glimmering stages of casinos and as far as Key West, FL. George’s music was simply unforgettable; it left a lasting impression on everyone fortunate enough to listen. But his creative spirit extended beyond performing – he found immense joy in composing his own melodies, collaborating with close companions, and sharing his musical creations with the world. Through music, he formed bonds that were unbreakable, transcending both time and distance. It was a beautiful testament to the love he shared with his fellow musicians, fishing buddies, classmates, and devoted fans who regularly attended his performances. George held each of them dear to his heart.
Yet, within the tapestry of his affections, George’s family occupied the most sacred space in his heart. His love for them was limitless and steadfast, never allowing a conversation to conclude without professing, “I love you.” George held his family dear, savoring every moment spent in their company, whether it be in the joyous gatherings, teaching his children the art of fishing or mending, or simply paying visits to his mother, aunts, cousins, or maternal grandmother. He recognized that love was the most precious gift of all. The void left by George’s absence resonates deeply, touching the hearts of his family and those who held a cherished spot in his heart.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, George leaves behind his precious children, Caileigh Rogers of Mt. Joy, PA, Wyatt Rogers of Parkesburg, stepsons Greg and Josiah Martin of Parkesburg, a brother, Steven (Mary Smith) Rogers of Coatesville, PA, and sisters, Allison and Danielle Schultze of Coatesville, PA. His maternal grandmother, Carol Ann Slay of Bowers Beach, DE, also survives him, along with four adoring aunts and uncles and a host of dearly loved cousins. A special bond connected him with his Aunt Freda Mae Khan of Alleghenyville, PA, who felt more like a sister than an aunt.
To celebrate George’s remarkable life, a memorial service will be held at the VFW in Parkesburg, PA, on Sunday, September 24, with visitation starting at 3:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wilde Funeral Home, helping to defray the costs of this farewell.
George’s spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew him, a harmonious melody of love and warmth that will forever resonate within us. He will be deeply missed, but his love will endure as an everlasting legacy.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg.