Lemont Native Roger Kaminski Dies at 61

The longtime Lemont resident sought to educate and guide young people through his selfless service to his community.

Roger A. Kaminski, born on May 30, 1952, in Lemont, passed away on March 27, 2014, in Lacoochee, Fla., after a brief illness. His loving wife Marion never left his side. He attended SS Cyril and Methodius School in Lemont and Providence High School in New Lenox.  

Studying music and education, Roger graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., in 1975. He then relocated to Florida and attended the University of Tampa earning a master's degree in Education Administration in 1978.  After over 30 years in education Roger retired from the Pasco County School District in Florida in 2010, but continued to educate and guide young people through his selfless service to his community.

Roger was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Generous with his time and talent, he was an active leader in church youth ministries and music.  In 2003, Roger and his wife Marion co-founded the Tri-County Fellowship of Christian Leaders, a non-profit organization dedicated to building community and creating family-friendly environments where kids, teens, and adults can come together for fellowship, friendship, support, and community service.  Their organization’s Christian Edge Coffee House in Lacoochee, Fla.,  and the recently opened Christian Edge Dream Center in Dade City, Fla., serve as such gathering places.  There, community members of all ages participate in music, art, and dance classes as well as community service, local business services, and meal programs to assist families in their local area.  As the driving force of the Tri-County Fellowship, Roger scouted gathering spaces, hammered, nailed, painted, procured musical instruments and art supplies, fundraised for furniture and equipment, organized youth programs, taught free music classes, sang, laughed, and loved at Christian Edge and Christian Dream Center. This was Roger’s calling.  He dedicated his life, his heart, and his soul to God, his family, and his community.  

Preceding Roger in death are his parents Estelle and Edwin “Bud” Kaminski.  He is survived by his loving wife Marion (nee Durden), devoted sons Benjamin and Daniel, grandson Hunter, brother Earl (Mary) Kaminski, sisters Diane (John) Taskay and Claire (Paul) Cimino, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends in Florida who called him their Brother.  Roger’s kindness, loving nature, humor, and compassion will be missed by all. 

Services for Roger A. Kaminski will be held in Dade City, Florida.  He will be laid to rest on March 30, at Chapel Hill Gardens in Dade City.  Friends and family may make donations In Roger’s name to TCF Christian Edge 20942 Hwy 301 North, Dade City, FL 33523 or online at christianedge.org.  

Pat Spencer March 31, 2014 at 09:45 AM
So sorry to hear about Roger. I went to SSCM with him and often wondered what he had been doing all these years. He has left quite a beautiful legacy. My sympathy is with the family. Pat (Schubert) Spencer


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