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Roger Savage, died peacefully surrounded by family in his home on Kempsville Greens Golf Course on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Virginia Beach, at the age of 60, from Alzheimer’s disease.
Roger is survived by his wife, Winnie Savage; his faithful companion, Hailey; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and John Bickley, of Virginia Beach, daughter and son-in-law, Janan and Giuseppe Scafidi, of Richmond, son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Katie Savage, of Bonaire, Ga., and son, Roger Savage Jr., of Hertford, N.C.; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Brenda Savage, of Suffolk; and five grandchildren, Zack Smith, Nathan Smith, Aubrey Bickley, Provvidenza “Enza” Scafidi and Pia Scafidi. He is preceded in death by his mother, Rachel Conrad, of Merritt Island, Fla.
Roger was born on October 29, 1956, in Norfolk. He graduated from Kempsville High School in 1975. He married Winnie, the love of his life, in 1983. He worked for UPS for 26 years. His children remember him as a wise father, always ready with a great sense of humor, who supported them no matter which path they chose in life.
To say Roger was was an avid golfer would be a huge understatement. Not only did he take the game and make it his own with an unorthodox playing style, but he shared his love for golf with everyone he met. He had 14 actual holes-in-one, two of them on par fours. He was even able to play Augusta National (a lifelong dream), hitting 13 and 15 in two, playing the back tees just to see if he could do it, and putting with a 3-iron (his signature style) all the way through. His love for the game and fun-loving personality preceded him, so much so, that everywhere he went he would find old friends. His brother Billy, who has consistently been by his side on his journey through Alzheimer’s, is his biggest fan and golf stat-keeper.
The family would like to thank all of the caregivers and hospice staff for their efforts, care and dedication.
A service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in the Anderson Bayview Room at Westminster Canterbury at 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, with a reception to follow. Reverend Dr. Greg Dalle-Tezze and Reverend James Coleman will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Roger’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver, at 2509 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456; and The Southeastern Virginia Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association at 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502. Condolences can be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.