Roger M. Foley, 74, a lifetime resident of Swanzey died on Thursday, January 14, 2021. He passed at Cheshire Medical Center with the love of family after a brief period of declining health.
Roger was born the son of the late Lillian (Thayer) and Merwin Foley on January 8, 1947, in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1965.
On March 18th, 1967 he was lucky enough to have exchanged vows with Sandra J. Duquette at the Swanzey Community Church. They were married with family and friends in attendance and have been married for fifty-two years.
Roger was the owner and operator of Sandy’s Auto in Swanzey for forty years. Prior, he had worked at the Gilsum Tool and Die Company for two years as a machinist.
He had a thirst for life, (as well as vodka on ice). He was tough on the outside and tender on the inside kind of guy who always told it like it was. He enjoyed his days filled with deep-sea fishing, lobstering with his close friends and family, get-togethers around the pool, making the notorious “hard cider” on his antique cider press, spending time sitting by the fire in his infamous garage, anything a little bit illegal and in later days spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Foley is survived by his wife, Sandra J. Foley of Swanzey. His children; Roger T. Foley of Swanzey, Daniel A. Foley and his wife, Crystal of San Diego, CA., and Christine A. Foley, and her significant other, Thomas Britt of Swanzey. He is also survived by his siblings; Robert Foley, David Foley, and Marie Foley. Seven grandchildren; Cassandra, Nathan, Alexis, Astraea, Madelyn, and Audrey. A great-grandson, Christopher. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Roger is predeceased by his sister Judy Wyman.
Raise your (foam) cups in remembrance of this funny, kind, rough around the edges, guy who made his own path in life.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2021, from 2 to 4 pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will follow in the spring at Oak Hill Cemetery, Swanzey with a date and time of service to be published later. In keeping with the Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions, masks and social distancing will be required in the chapel. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Roger M. Foley to:
American Diabetes Association Camp Care Free (for kids)
154 Lions Camp Way
New Durham, NH. 03855.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com