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Brian Rogan

Brian P. Rogan

Thursday July 5, 1962 - Sunday July 12, 2020
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Northborough

Brian P. Rogan, a beloved longtime elementary school principal and educator, passed away at his home on July 12, 2020, at the age of 58 years old. Brian was born in Boston and raised in Framingham, one of six children to Francis J. and Mary T. (Brunnick) Rogan, Jr. He attended St. Bridget’s Elementary School and was a graduate of Marian High School. Brian studied at Bridgewater State College, earning his B.S. in Elementary Education and subsequently, a M. Ed. in Education Administration.

Brian completed his student teaching at Brockton’s Kennedy Elementary School. This school was not only where he began his career, it was to become the devoted focus of his professional life for the next 36 years. In 1984, Brian was hired as a teacher in the neighborhood resource room. Always one to encourage his students and colleagues to continue learning and setting goals, Brian himself continued towards his own leadership goals. In 1994, Brian became assistant principal and in 2008 was hired as principal of Kennedy School.

Brian had an indelible impact on four generations of "Kennedy Kids," a name he adoringly gave to every student who entered the school. While Brian was rarely seen without a smile on his face, it always shined brightest when he was talking about his Kennedy Kids. Colleagues and former students fondly remember Brian's incredible generosity and kindness. He was always the first to send an encouraging note or a thoughtful letter when it was needed most.

For over 40 years Brian served as a counselor and then director of the Framingham McCarthy Day Camp for students with disabilities. A perfect gentleman with an even-keeled demeanor and unending patience, students, staff and family found Brian to be a resource for honest answers and advice. Education was not an occupation to Brian, it was his life; he truly loved what he did.

Ms. Sheryl Sandberg’s inspiring 2013 quote of leadership defines Brian’s impact on education, “…Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence” Mr. Rogan, your educational and heartfelt impact on past, current, and future students will not be forgotten.

Brian is survived by his mother Mary of Northborough; his five siblings, Frank J. Rogan III and his wife Mary of Plymouth, Dr. Kevin M. Rogan and his wife Dr. Pamela Sears-Rogan of Potomac, MD, Maureen R. Scagnelli and her husband Thomas of Sutton, Sharon R. Lee and her husband Dr. Paul Lee of Plymouth and Shawn T. Rogan and his wife Denise of Sutton. Brian also leaves numerous nieces and nephews whom he adored. Brian enjoyed attending and supporting their activities and events and looked forward to being with his extended family. He was preceded in death by his father.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, July 20, at St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main Street, Northborough. Calling hours will be held from 2-5 PM. on Sunday, July 19, at St. Rose of Lima Parish.

In lieu of flowers, Brian’s family respectfully ask that you consider memorial donations to the Brockton Educational Foundation, Inc., 43 Crescent St., Brockton, MA 02301, as a way of supporting the future students of Brockton. To share a story or to condolence please visit www.HaysFuneralHome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday July 19, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Sunday July 19, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    St. Rose of Lima Parish
    Address
    244 W. Main St.
    Northborough, MA 01532
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    Notes
    The wake and funeral will follow current social gathering guidelines.
  • Funeral Mass

    Monday July 20, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday July 20, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Rose of Lima Parish
    Address
    244 W. Main St.
    Northborough, MA 01532
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Lisa Henry

Posted at 07:38am
I'm not sure there are adequate words in the English language to capture how special Mr. Rogan was. It is true that Mr. Rogan knew every child's name at the Kennedy. Even more astounding is that he knew every parent as well. He led Kennedy, his students, their parents,his staff, the community with love and respect for ALL. Mr. Rogan was always available, always prepared, always involved and he was always kind. Never did he raise a voice, never was he rattled, never did he turn someone away. My two children are Kennedy children and although they may not grasp the gravity of that, the enormity and the privilege of that, I as the parent of those two children do.
Every spring, while attending the annual Kennedy Day celebration, I confess that I always imagined that one day Mr. Rogan would honor Madison and Jacoby with a Kennedy Kid scholarship. It saddens me greatly that although they may very well someday be recipients, it will not be Mr. Rogan who will call their names, shake their hands, guide them across that stage.
Mr. Rogan, the lives you touched here on earth are innumerable. The love you gave and I hope the love you received is infinite. The mark you left on the communities you served is indelible.
God bless you and your family, Mr. Rogan. May you rest in peace, but may you continue to watch over your Kennedy Kids.

Lisa Q. Henry
Proud Kennedy Mom
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Connie Costa

Posted at 10:03pm
To the Rogan Family, our deepest most heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Rogan. Our three kids went to the Kennedy School and we have the fondest memories of Mr. Rogan. Over the 4th of July weekend, we actually were just talking about what a wonderful person he was, Never could we have imagined that he would be gone so soon. Although we had not seen him in years, we will miss knowing he is no longer at the Kennedy but he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Mr. Rogan! Connie Costa & Family
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Joanna Santiago

Posted at 02:42pm
Mr. Rogan was a kind, loving , dedicated human being. We are heartbroken and he will always be missed. May he Rest In Peace. Our condolences to his family, friends and the Kennedy family.
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Mary Lou Crimmins

Posted at 12:46pm
Brian, a kinder and more caring man I’ve never met. Generations of children, teachers, and their families have been touched by your spirit. You have led the charge, had our backs, given so much, and given again. Thank You. Time for a rest Bri, and maybe a song. Mary Lou Crimmins, former music teacher, Kennedy School
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Audra Mancini, Jocelyn MacIntosh, Michel Fox and Paul Murray

Posted at 12:38pm
Words cannot convey what Brian meant to all of us and how much we will miss him. Sending love, thoughts, and prayers to your family.

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