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Roger D. Taft

Roger D. Taft of Accord, NY, passed away at Vassar Brothers Hospital on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. He was 74 years old. Roger was born on August 19, 1944 in Atlanta, GA and was the son of the late Lala W. Brown and Stanford H. Taft.


Roger was a veteran of the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1965. He worked as a Mechanical Inspector until his retirement in 2011. He had a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile. Roger was a friendly man who would strike up a conversation with just about anyone. True to his southern roots, he loved to tell stories, often with a twinkle in his blue eyes and a ready laugh. He enjoyed reading, going to antique car shows, music - and most of all - spending time with his family.


Surviving are his wife Judy Ballard Taft, whom he married on November 23, 1969; their daughters, Jennifer Pearson and her husband Kris; Melissa Abbasi and her husband Imran, and two grandsons, Callum and Grady Abbasi. In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by his brother Robert W. Taft.


The family will be gathering at Pine Bush Cemetery in Kerhonkson on Monday, April 8th at 1:00pm. A graveside service is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm.


 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Roger’s name to the Kerhonkson-Accord First Aid Squad. P.O. Box 67 Kerhonkson, NY 12446.


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Roger was a dedicated & skilled construction inspector who had the respect of his piers. He knew what he was talking about. Quality fot the client was his goal in construction and in life. In private life, he loved his wife & family. And he loved his dogs too! He was always a welcome visitor in the OGS Field Office at Napanoch, NY. I'll miss his visits.

John Mills Aug 21 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to Judy. Thoughts and prayers for her and her family.

Milton O'Bryon Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Roger Taft

Jane & Neil Muller Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

My most sincere condolences to you, Judy and my dear friends, Melissa and Jen! Happy memories of you and Roger coming to St. Rose for visits. I will keep you all in my prayers. So very sorry to hear this news!

LeeAnn Terhune Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

Roger was both our neighbor and friend for about 50 years. He would stop in at our house for coffee at least once a week. He was absolutely one of a kind. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy, Jennifer and Melissa and their families.
We will surely miss him!

Martha & Gordon Quick Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. We loved Rodger very much and know he was an incredible human being. All our love, Patti and Tommy Habersaat

Patti Habersaat Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

Jen ~

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May the memories help ease your loss!

Love, Ellen & Rich Michaelis Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

I hadn't seen Roger too recently, but I will always recall his great smile, his hearty laugh and his sense of humor. My heart goes out to you, Judy, Jennifer, and Melissa-I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy Manicone Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM