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Roger Beardslee

Roger Beardslee, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2024, at his home in Hector on Seneca Lake. He was 82 years young.

He was born in Elmira Heights on March 18, 1942, to Erwin and Francis (Rogers) Beardslee. He grew up there, spending summers on Seneca Lake at the boathouse built by his Dad. Soon they built a cottage, and a lifelong love of Hector began. He was an Eagle Scout, Troop Leader and Scoutmaster.

Roger graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School, went on to Corning Community College, then Bucknell University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served two years in the Army and then worked for Corning Glass in Melting Technology, commuting from Hector by motorcycle in a suit and cowboy boots on every day it didn’t snow.

He was a VLH volunteer fireman and an elder at Hector Presbyterian Church.

Roger is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Nancy Beardslee, his sons Brett Beardslee (Jesse) and David Butts (Trish Titone), grandsons Dylan, Jayson and Spencer, sister Ruth Bills and nieces Kate Bills Woods (Steve) and daughter Amelie, and Jenn Roedel (Carl) and sons Wilson and Cole. Also many friends from every age group.

Rog lived life at absolute full throttle. He loved hot tubs, saunas, sailing and all things fast, but most of all he loved to dance. Man, could he dance! A sweaty blur of momentum!

He was an exclamation point to the joy of being human, and on a quiet night when the lake is calm, you may still hear a resounding “Aaaarrrriba!!!” echoing off these hills, reminding us how lucky we are to be alive and call this place home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to VLH Fire Company 5736 Route 414 Hector, NY 14841, or Hector Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 96 Hector, NY 14841.

Services will be at the Hector Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 29th at 10:30 with a reception at the VLH Fire House at noon. Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home of Watkins Glen is assisting the family.


Hector Presbyterian Church
5511 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841
(607) 546-2134

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Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home
212 East 4th Street
Watkins Glen, NY, 14891
(607) 535-4331