Roger J. Tapson
September 28, 2017
|Roger J. Tapson, who lived in Scranton since June 2014, died in the comfort of his home on Sept. 28, 2017.
Roger, born in Chicago on Aug. 8, 1950, was a lifelong resident of Southern California and a 1968 graduate of Anaheim High School. Although he missed the Pacific Ocean and watching the sun set over it, Roger loved learning about Pa. and the four seasons on the East Coast, which was new to him. His knowledge of music, literature and film was astonishing, and he was delighted and happy every day to learn and appreciate the music, art and talents of the people in Scranton. He felt every human being was important and should be told they were. You could not stop Roger from communicating with anyone and everyone he met in a positive, complimentary and respectful way.
Roger was a loyal L.A. Dodgers fan, revered Vin Scully and so enjoyed watching his favorite football teams. His life was cut short to finish watching the final games of the L.A. Dodgers’ 2017 exciting season and winning the National League Pennant. But all who knew Roger were honored to watch the games on his behalf and will continue to do so.
Besides the multitude of friends too long to list grieving, yet celebrating Roger’s life and the fortunate camaraderie they shared, most important to Roger is that he spent his final years with Shirley Cieri, his companion and true friend. Having known Roger while living in California several years ago, Shirley invited him to Scranton to renew their friendship and to provide a healthier environment to help ease some of his health issues.
As a result of helping Roger with his transition to Scranton, watching him learn about its histories, and seeing the many communities and beautiful landscapes through his eyes, he left a piece of himself that would make anyone proud to call Scranton and NEPA home.
Roger was one of God’s finest creations. He did not murmur or complain or find fault with God or anyone. He always prayed for other people. In Roger’s memory, we should do one kind act to one person on any given day.