Roger Russell Smith
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 29, 1943
  • Place of birth:
    Berwyn, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 28, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rain fall softly upon your fields until we meet again, And may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Dear Friends and Family,

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved, Roger, Dad, Papa, Papa Bear, Rog, Roggie..  He was born on November 29, 1943 in Berwyn, Illinois and passed away on April 28, 2016 at his home in Lake Havasu City. He will be in our hearts forever.

 He brought so much love and laughter to all of our lives, as seen in these photos.  He was a wonderful friend, partner, father to Amanda & Michael, Jeffrey & Rachel, Christopher, Jonny and Deanna & Brad.  Proud grandfather to Graydon, Maslowe, Hutchens, Grant, Jac, William, Sydney, Harrison and Callie, Brothers, Ken, Lloyd & Vivian, Bob & Rosemary. Special friends, Scott & Kathy, Casey, Christina.  Many lifelong and dear friends from the aviation industry.  Rob and Moe... you were constants.  We all were so special to him!  He was truly a bright light in our world and I have no doubt Heaven will never be the same!!!    Rest in peace dear Roger!

Blessings and love to all of you,

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort, The Point,  3075 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA. Cocktails (of course) and appetizers. 

NOTE ON PARKING: There is not a lot of parking at the hotel. There is public parking in the area, but if you are having problems finding a place to park, there is public parking near Senior Grubby's just east of the hotel and at the Carlsbad Village Rail Station a little further north east. 

Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Judy & Richard Depagter on 29th November 2017

"We will always remember your kindness and generosity and of course your wonderful sense of humor!  You will always hold a special place in our hearts, dearest Roger."

This tribute was added by Bryan Bruno on 29th November 2017

"Miss ya buddy !

Till we tip one again someday

Happy Birthday !!"

This tribute was added by Judy & Richard Depagter on 2nd May 2017

"Your light of laughter and sharing and friendship is still shining as bright as ever, dearest Roger.  Continue to rest in the peace that you so deserve."

This tribute was added by Deanna Davenport on 29th November 2016

"Happy Birthday, Roggie!  I miss you dearly.  Hugs and kisses being sent out to you.  I love you. Dee Dee"

This tribute was added by Judy & Richard Depagter on 29th November 2016

"Your spirit is shining even brighter today, on your birthday, dear Roger.
You will remain in our hearts not only on your special day, but every day!!"

This tribute was added by Maria Eckardt on 3rd June 2016

"Roger was a great person who will not be forgotten.  I am very glad I had the opportunity to personally meet him and do business with him.  His family will miss him I'm sure but they must have many happy memories to remember him by.  God bless."

This tribute was added by Scott Windau on 22nd May 2016

"Never in all of my life have words failed me so perfectly. I've literally tried hundreds of times to explain in writing what Roger Smith meant to me over the last 15 years of our friendship. None of which has even come close. Maybe someday it will come to me, and if it does it will probably fill a book. Until then I am left only with what I feel.

I will say what comes to mind easily for me, and to anyone that ever knew Roger. He was a great man. He was a friend and father to many, kind-hearted and compassionate, and one of the most positive and funniest people you would ever meet.

To me he was as important as anyone has ever been in my life.

Roger... you will be dearly missed by me and many, many, many others.

Life sure won't be the same without you."

This tribute was added by Robert Smith on 20th May 2016

"Little Brother, we will miss you very much.
Wish we could attend your memorial service, buy we are unable to be with you in Carlsbad on Saturday, only in our hearts you will be remembered.

Lloyd & Bob"

This tribute was added by Judy & Richard Depagter on 19th May 2016

"Dearest Roger- you lit up every room you entered and every situation you encountered  with your  big  smile and your sunny disposition. You will always be remembered for your joy of spirit and your generosity with your friends, and they were many.  Rest in peace and know that you will remain in the hearts of your family and the numerous friends who loved you so much."

This tribute was added by Bryan Bruno on 18th May 2016

"It has taken me a day to collect my thoughts and emotions and come back to write this

Roger was more than a friend for more than 25 years. Colleagues in business, friends that were pals in the truest sense..

From California to Texas, to, Mexico, Fla, La and beyond his ever present humor masked only his deep concern and dedication for those he cared about.

I remember vividly jumping in a car with him more than once at midnight in TX to rush off to TN to make sure his the teenage daughter, Amanda was OK..

I never had a phone call from Roger where he did not talk about how wonderful daughter she has been to him.. and how proud he is of her achievements and family.

I was honored to play a part in his meeting Jill Bishop .. and  write here without any hesitation that he loved her dearly till the end... and he was always loved his dogs as well..another attribute else we shared  :-)

Roger was the one person who you could always count on... in good times and bad.. he was there for me in times of tribulation, celebration and thankfully even my wedding..

It will take me a long time to grasp that he is not here  with us physically... but he will always be with me in spirit and I will keep in touch with that memory for ever

Till we meet again my friend at that great beach bar in the sky... I will forever your  memory and good works near


This tribute was added by Jaime Zazueta on 16th May 2016

"i will miss you roger(smitty) you always treat me right even thought you call me my favorite mexican,i remember last time we came to havasu to visit you and we went for drinks i had the greaters time thank you my dearest friend you always be in our hearts"

This tribute was added by jeff falco on 16th May 2016

"We will miss him very much. He was always happy and was a good friend."

This tribute was added by Mike Riedmiller on 13th May 2016

"I enjoyed working with Roger when I worked for Controller airplane magazine and was his advertising representative.  He was one of my "All Time Favorite Clients"!!  We had many fun times at lunches, dinners and drinks.  I will never forget Roger . . . his memory will live on!!"

This tribute was added by Pat Hosmann on 13th May 2016

"i had the pleasure of working on a few projects with Roger last year.  He was an absolute gentleman in every regard.  in addition to his impeccable manners, he was hilarious.  i really enjoyed working with him because no matter what went sideways on the deal, every time i hung up i was left smiling and laughing.  He had a great ability to brush of all adversity and had a great outlook on life.  this industry needs more people like Roger.  He will be missed but also remembered."

This tribute was added by Colleen Love on 13th May 2016

"I will miss Roger so much. No one has ever been so kind and generous in always making me feel like family! His passion for people and fun was contagious.I have been blessed with so many incredible fun times with Roger and Jill and those memories will last a lifetime. Roger, you will forever be on my heart! God Bless you for your'e giving heart."

This tribute was added by Jim Cash on 12th May 2016

"Wow, how mortal we all are, Roger and I were the same age. Dear Jill thanks so much for remember me. Our times sailing together on Santa Monica Bay are pressious memories that will never be forgotten. Roger was and will always be a friend that made me laugh, and helped me enjoy life...thank you Roger for making my life more fulfilled. Rest in pease my friend, hope to see you again in the future."

This tribute was added by Jill Bishop on 12th May 2016

""High Flight"  by John Magee

  Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,

  And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

  Sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

  Of sun-split clouds – and done a thousand things

  You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung  

  High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,

  I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung

  My eager craft through footless halls of air,

  Up, up the long delirious burning blue

  I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

  Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;

  And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

  The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

  Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

This tribute was added by Bo Fielding on 11th May 2016

"I worked with Roger on many projects over the years,  we were not always successful but we always had fun. Roger was always truthful you never had to worry about him. He will be missed by many people in this industry and A lot by me."

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