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Brian Rogers

Published May 25,2024

Obituary's Biography:

In Loving Memory of Brian: Educator, Leader, Coach, Mentor

Brian J. Rogers, 59, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away May 23, 2024 at his home.  He was born July 8, 1964 to Robert and Dolores Rogers in Park Ridge, IL.

With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of Brian (Bri, Rog, BRog) a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many. Brian was not just an educator, but a leader, coach, and mentor whose impact extended far beyond the classroom. His dedication to guiding and inspiring others left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

A sports enthusiast through and through, Brian’s passion for the Cubs, Bears, and Duhawks was infectious. His unwavering support for his teams mirrored the steadfast support he provided to his family, friends, students, and colleagues. Brian’s love for sports was only surpassed by his love for his family, who brought him immense joy and fulfillment. His boys were his pride and joy.

In his moments of leisure, Brian found solace in fishing, golfing, and bird-watching. Nature was his sanctuary, and he cherished the peace and tranquility it offered him. Whether casting a line into the water, shaving off a few strokes off of his golf score, or marveling at the beauty of birds in flight, Brian found serenity in these simple pleasures.

Though Brian may no longer walk among us, his spirit lives on in the hearts of those he touched. His wisdom, kindness, sense of humor, and unwavering support will forever be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration during this difficult time.

Rest in peace, Brian. You will be deeply missed, but your legacy of love and guidance will endure for generations to come.

Brian is survived by his wife of 30 years, Socorro, his mother Dolores Rogers, his sons Michael Rogers and Daniel Rogers, and his siblings John (Marisa Calvi-Rogers) Rogers and Joan Schmidt.  He was preceded in death by his father Robert Rogers and his brother Edward Rogers.

A memorial visitation and service are scheduled for June 1, 2024 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm with the service commencing at 6:00pm.   For more information log onto www.strangfuneral.org or contact (847)223-8122.

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  1. With a heavy heart, please accept my sincere condolence’s and sympathy for your loss.

  2. He was the best principal ever, it was always great seeing him every school morning greeting everyone with a smile on his face. Motivating everyone to get to class on time.
    Mr. Rogers will truly be missed. Rest In Peace.

  3. I worked with Brian for seven years. He was a kind, caring, person, a skilled educator and administrator.

  4. Sadly I never had the opportunity to meet Brian. I’m a colleague of his incredible wife, Socorro. Brian had to be a very special man if she chose him and I’m deeply sorry for his family’s loss. May his memory be eternal in the hearts of those who loved him. Rest in Peace <3

  5. Mr. Rodgers was our assistant principal at Amundson High School for many years and everyone loved him. So positive, caring and just nice! He was also very respected by all the staff and students. It was a pleasure to work with him and have him as a boss. I was very sorry to hear he left this life so young but know he will be missed and remembered with much love and respect.
    “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” PSALM 48:14

  6. The Ashley family sends their heartfelt condolences. We were shocked to hear of Coach Rogers’ passing. He was truly one of the good guys.

  7. Brian was a fantastic Coach and allways had kind words to say about our son Mikal he called big mike at a early age. I’m praying for his Wife and children God bless the Rodgers family.

  8. It break my heart to know of his passing. We work so many years together as staff members, I always remember how he look out for us when no one would. He was a great educator and assistant principal for us. I will greatly miss him. May God give Socorro and her family the strength they need at this time of mourning. A new angel is in heaven

  9. My heart is so broken knowing if his passing, I will greatly miss him. We work so many years at Amundsen together he was a great educator and amazing assistant principal, always looking out for us when no one would. May God give Socorro and her family the strength they need at this time. God gain a new Angel in heaven

  10. Un director muy bueno . Un director de paz y justo . Apoyo a mi hija . Lo recuerdo mucho mi esposo y yo . Personas como el necesitamos en las escuelas .el amaba lo q hacía . Dejo muchas familias tristes con su partida

  11. The calls started coming in to my husband’s phone (John Barnes) from past Amundsen colleagues Friday morning. The shock, disbelief and then painful sadness and grief that followed is a testament to how Brian impacted his co-workers and long time friends. It has shaken people to their core knowing there’s a little less light in the world now. Our hearts go out to Soccoro and the boys.

  12. Hey Bri, you’re RVing in the astral, like that speed traveling on now. Soaring way above the clouds, like that free bird. You know, someday soon I will be able to love that for you, but today I’m still wishing you were here. Love you Bri -joan

  13. I worked with Brian Rogers at Little Village campus for six years. Our Small School concept created a unique opportunity for principals to collaborate as we shared school spaces and schedules. Mr. Rogers was always easy to work with, kind and professional. He loved his students and his school. His school’s success is a testament to his dedication. I truly respect him as a colleague.

  14. Our hearts go out to the Rogers family. We’re so saddened to hear about your loss. But it is a loss for multitudes of students and families who were touched by Brian. His unshakable positivity and sense of humor was always appreciated by those fortunate enough to cross his path. He was a great educator, coach and father. We will miss him greatly. God bless you Soccoro, Daniel and the rest of the Roger’s family.

  15. This man had a great attitude I’m definitely saddened by this news. He had such a positive impact in the small time I spent with him at Taft, truly grateful for his presence and spirit, Much love to his soul and his family.

  16. Socorro and Danny I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Hold on to the wonderful memories that you were able to make together, even though the years were cut short. Know that I am thinking of you during this very hard time. Miss Joan

  17. Mr. Brian Rogers was the AIC (Administrator In Charge) at Foreman College and Career Academy. He was the kindest, caring, humorous and down to earth Administrator I had the chance to work with. We did not work together for that long, but it felt like a lifetime. He had such a positive impact on our students and staff. I am grateful that I had the chance to cross paths with him. Sending my deepest and sincerest condolences to his family.

  18. My deepest condolences to the Rogers family. I work at the LVLHS Campus, at Infinity H.S., when Mr. Rogers would stop he always asked how was I doing, such a nice person.
    I will miss him as well as his beautiful smile. A fond memory, Mr. Rogers dressed up as Santa one Christmas holiday, and I asked if we can take a picture together, we did.
    Rest in Peace Mr. Rogers, Rest in Peace.

  19. Our deepest condolences to the Rogers family. We got to know Brian the past 2 summers while he was out in North Dakota watching baseball games. It was truly a pleasure to get to know him. We are all thinking of you at this time.

  20. Rog had such a real impact on us all. To us he was a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a father, an uncle, a friendly face, a shoulder to cry on, a jokester, and most of all a friend. He was such a big part of our highschool career, and his impact on us continued decades afterwards. The news of his passing is devastating and unreal. Losing Rog is no less than losing a part of our family. Rest in peace knowing you’ve left a mark on us all.

  21. Socorro and family, I am at a loss for words other than to offer our deepest condolences. We appreciate all the words of advice and support he gave Sam. He was an asset to Grayslake baseball indeed. May Brian’s memory be a blessing.

  22. Staff at World Language were shocked and saddened at the news of the passing of our former Principal. Rogers was taken too soon; he was just beginning his retirement stage. I wish I could make it to the memorial today, but will have to send condolences. My deepest sympathy goes to his sons and wife. The loss of a father is life changing. The loss of a spouse is deep. I pray for comfort and guidance for this family. Thanks for the food times Rog.

  23. The world is a significantly less interesting place because Brian no longer walks among us. His charisma, wisdom, strength, humanity, quick wit, integrity, innovative spirit, kindness, grit, compassion, and wicked, self-deprecating sense of humor were just some of the ingredients that made him so magnetic. I am honored and grateful to have known you Brian Rogers… to literally grow up with you in a place where we shared a mission oriented passion for Amundsen High School and urban education. The mark you have made on me is indelible. I miss you beyond words. You did good my friend… you did so much good. I wish we had more time.

  24. Socorro and I were classmates at Amundsen, and we reconnected when I was a Grayslake Police Officer. I saw Socorro, Brian, and their children several times over the years at festivals or restaurants in town. They were residents of the Village and I patrolled their neighborhood often.

    Brian was a coach at Amundsen High School when Socorro and I attended. Brian was well respected among the faculty and the students. He will be missed.

    My deepest condolences to you and your family Socorro. I am so sorry for your loss.

  25. Just learned of Brian’s passing and we are so very sorry. We met Brian 2 summers ago when his son, Danny, played for our local summer baseball team, the Badlands Big Sticks. Brian and wife were at almost all the games for 2 summers and we got to know them well. We were host parents of other boys and would see them at away games too! Brian was so fun to talk to about sports and life in general. A down-to-earth humble man with a quick wit and a quicker smile. We miss you, Brian! ❤️⚾️

  26. Just was told today that Brian passed. I work as a math teacher when Brian was an assistant principal and coach at Amundsen High School. Brian was truly a very good person and good to work with. I wish the best for his family. R.I. P. Brian.

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