June 28, 1940 ~ June 18, 2023
Norman Rogers passed away peacefully on June 18th, 2023, at the age of 82.
Norman is survived by his children Curt Rogers, Julie Mankey, Clifford Rogers; his sister, Sheila Hastings and grandchildren, Rebecca, Michael, Joshua, Jamie, Sheridan Rogers and Westlyn and Koralie Mankey. He is preceded in death by parents, Stanley, and Gladys; Sister, Jean; Son, Carl and his loving wife, Araceli.
Norman was born on June 28th, 1940, in Liverpool, England to parents Stanley and Gladys. He had a special relationship with older sister Jean, who sadly passed away at age 11, leaving him the eldest sibling to youngest sister, Sheila. In his early years of living in Liverpool he enjoyed outings with his church youth groups, traveling to places like Italy, Ireland, Spain and Germany) After finishing school, Norman worked in the Men’s department at Owen Owen, he later transitioned into technician work, which allowed him to travel to many towns within England.
Norman was always looking for a new adventure, so when an opportunity to immigrate to Australia, he took his young sons Carl and Curt and moved to Australia in 1971 where he would call home for the next 44 years. Initially living in Perth, Western Australia, Norman took on a wild adventure and drove across Australia and along the Nullarbor in a mini school bus with his new wife, Cely, two sons and new baby daughter, Julie, destination, Brisbane, Queensland. The family took ownership of a Deli (Convenience store) for a year, but ultimately, he resided back to Perth until 2015. A change in his wife, Cely’s health resulted in Norman making the hard decision to leave Australia and move to California to be closer to their children Julie and Clifford, where he remained until Cely’s unfortunate death in August 2015 and then his own. Not many people can say they have lived on three different continents, but that was Norman, a man open to new experiences and a passion for travel. Norman always said, “The world is my home.”
Norman also had many skills, much of which was taught by his carpenter father, Stanley. Never was he a person to sit still, he always had a project he was passionate about. Over the years, he re-upholstered furniture, created an entire model train village, tropical fish tank, tiling, baseboards, closets, you name it Norman could build it, and if he didn’t know how he would learn. As the need for carpentry projects went away, he turned to cars. His passion for cars started with the brands he knew from Europe such as the Volkswagen, Morris Minor and Citroen, but he eventually turned his love of cars to the US muscle cars. These were large projects, engine work, paint, upholstery, these were projects that would bring a bond between his sons Carl, Curt, and Cliff and eventually his new son-in-law James.
Norman always had a way of not taking life too seriously, he always had a way to make you smile whether it be with a goofy face or use of his sarcastic English humor. Today we say goodbye to a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. If there is one person who lived life to the fullest, it would be Norman Rogers.