Roger C. Newkirk, Jr. Obituary
Roger C. Newkirk, Jr.
Rhinebeck – Roger C. Newkirk Jr., 35, went to join the Lord on December 2, 2021.
He is survived by his wife, Megan Melady Newkirk; his father, Roger C. Newkirk Sr., and his wife Faye; her paternal grandparents, Roger and Helen Newkirk; siblings, Jayme Babon, Corey Jones, Katelynn Jones, Zachary Newkirk and Shania Newkirk; brother-in-law, Robbie Coffin; aunts, Tracy Thomas and Tammy Ginn; several nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends. In 2016, he was predeceased by his mother, Deborah Stenson.
Roger had four loves, God, family, friends and being a voice for the voiceless. His smile and laughter crossed the room. He was a wonderful man, friend, husband, father figure and lawyer.
He devoted much of his life to youth; He graduated from Rhinebeck High School, where several professors recognized his writing talents, then went on to graduate from Dutchess Community College, where he was proudly included on the Dean’s List; he earned a teaching assistant diploma and a diploma in early childhood education. He then continued his studies in Child Development at SUNY New Paltz, graduating with honors; and later graduated from Horry College in Myrtle Beach, SC. Prior to moving to Virginia, Roger worked in numerous restaurants in Rhinebeck, as a second grade teacher at Krieger School and the Astor Home, Rhinebeck and Children’s Home, Poughkeepsie. In Virginia, he continued to use his education to serve the youth community as a life skills coach who provided support, guidance and consistency to young adults in the YouthQuest program and at Intercept Health. He taught at Teen Challenge, preparing them for their GED exam. Roger left an immeasurable impact that will live on through those he served and worked with.
Roger was a HUGE sports fan, his favorite teams being the Tarheels, Yankees and Jets. He had a love for basketball, playing for Rhinebeck and then whenever he could find a game. Later, he helped the high school coach.
Roger was also a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was his favorite band. Those close to him knew of his obsession.
Friends may call Saturday, April 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck. A celebration of life and remembrance will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Rhinebeck Cemetery.
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Posted on April 02, 2022
Posted in Poughkeepsie Journal
Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572
April 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.