Thomas “Floggy” Rogers”


Thomas Rogers, aka “Floggy”, died peacefully at the age of 83, at Falmouth Hospital on Friday, April 19, 2019, surrounded by his loving daughter, Whitney Anne Rogers of Edgartown and son, Thomas “Boise” Rogers of Edgartown.

Tommy was a wonderful old time Islander, born in Oak Bluffs on December 31, 1935, the only son of Frank and Gertrude Rogers. He lived and worked on the Vineyard his entire life and also served in the US Army, 3rd Armored Division in Fort Hood, Texas, as a tank driver. On the Vineyard, he worked in excavation and construction for the White Brothers and Goodale, and then his own company, Katama Construction for 35 years.

Tommy loved fishing and hunting, especially the MV Derby and enjoyed eating fresh bay scallops and quahogs caught by his son, Boise. He built his custom boat, “Excavator,” which he loved fishing on with family and friends. Also, he enjoyed, throughout his life, all the great Western movies, namely, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.

After living in Edgartown and Chappaquiddick for a combined total of 45 years, he retired to Aidylberg in Oak Bluffs where he lived for the past ten years. He is survived by his former wife, Michele J. Whitney, his daughter, Whitney Anne Rogers, and son. Thomas “Boise” Rogers, and his beloved Lab, Daisy.

A service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Otis Air Force Base, in Bourne at a time to be updated or call the funeral home. There will be a future celebration of Tommy’s life at later date to be announced for family and friends.

Any donations may be sent to the Animal Shelter, PO Box 1829 in Edgartown, MA 02539 in loving memory of Thomas Rogers.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and updated information.