Rogers, Ryan John

Ryan John Rogers, 23, of Avon, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of October 3rd, 2020. He was the beloved son of Bruce and Mary Rogers, brother of Christopher, brother of Meaghan and her fiance Cory Vassallo, and uncle to their son, Cian Vassallo. Ryan graduated from Avon High School in 2015 where he was a scholar athlete, Captain of the football team achieving all-state honors, and also a member of the Chamber Choir. His love for music continued on, teaching himself the guitar, keyboard, and writing his own songs. It was an outlet for him to express himself; an outlet to endure whatever life encumbered him with. Ryan had a genuine soul that touched the hearts of everyone he encountered. He had an uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life and always prioritized the feelings of others before his own. A celebration of Ryan’s life will be held Wednesday evening, October 7th, at Ahern Funeral Home 111 Main St. Unionville from 3pm-7pm. A Funeral Liturgy will be held in his honor Thursday morning, October 8th, at Church of Saint Ann in Avon, at 11am. Our family has decided to make a donation to, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in America, and we ask you to do the same in honor of our loved one, Ryan John Rogers.

Calling Hours

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 from 3pm-7pm

Funeral Service

Thursday,, October 8th. 2020 at 11:00am in the Church of Saint Ann ~ Avon


Memorial Contribution mail to: Shatterproof 101 Merritt 7 Corporate Park 1st Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851

43 Responses to 'Rogers, Ryan John'

  1. Stephen Perratore says:

    Bruce, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep Ryan and your entire family in our prayers. God Bless you and your family.

  2. Jacqueline Zsoldos says:

    Bruce –

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God always watch over you and your family. You and Ryan will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kyle Oprisko says:

    Ryan was my first friend when I arrived at Muhlenberg. We played offensive line and worked out every day together. Even though he had broken his foot right before he arrived, he was still squatting more than me and worked with determination to get healthy and stronger. He was definitely an inspiration to me on the field, but what I will remember him for is what he did for me off the field. He was an amazing friend to me and I heavily relied on his jolly attitude and great humor to get me through my early days at Muhlenberg. Ryan had a gift for knowing when someone was having a bad day and would embrace you with a big hug if he knew that you needed one. Ryan was the most lovable guy that I ever met, and a friend that I will never forget.

    I am very sorry for your loss.

  4. Olivia Piper says:

    Over the years as the sister of one of his close friends (Alden), I watched Ryan grow up in many ways. I saw him perform in choral concerts, I caught up with him in my kitchen when he came over and I took pictures of his friend group before prom. Everytime I saw him, he took the time to say “Hi Livy” and to ask me how I was, and he was always genuinely interested in the answer, always with a smile on his face. To know Ryan was to think the world of him, he was kind, unassuming, thoughtful and had a way of putting you at ease that was truly good and rare. I am so thankful that my brothers had him in their lives as a friend, and that he had them, and I am so sad that he is gone. He will always be remembered with love, for the truly genuine and good-hearted person that he was. Rest in peace, Ryan. You will be missed.

  5. Lisa Gray says:

    You don’t know me, but my heart is broken for you. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. If I had known about the service earlier, I would have attended and introduced myself. I live in Simsbury and I lost my son, Jordan, to an overdose on June 30, 2018, at the age of 24. I know your pain. In my son’s honor, I started a nonprofit called A Promise to Jordan. You can see what we do here: If I can help in any way, even just to talk, please reach out. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Preston Piper says:

    Ryan was one of the most genuine people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am going to miss him dearly. I hope we can each carry a part of Ryan with us moving forward. Ryan was a kind, unassuming, positive, all around amazing person. My sincerest condolences to Ryan’s family. We love you Ryan ❤️

  7. Connor Harris says:

    When I was a freshman on the football team, I was extremely nervous. I wanted to be a center on the team. Ryan took me under his wing and was one of the most genuine guys I have ever met. He was a true definition of a leader. I was considering quitting the football team and ended up sticking it out. The reason was because of Ryan, he made me feel comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. He was an all around special guy. He is the type of kid that I hope my son will be like some day. Prayers go out to all the family and friends. You will be missed Ryan.

  8. Brenda Philibert says:

    Bruce, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. PAMELA A BROWN says:

    Dear Rogers Family,
    Our hearts are heavy for your entire family. Ryan has been in and out of our house since grade school.
    Always gave his usual bear hugs and beautiful smile when he came in the door.
    He will truly be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have known Ryan.
    🙏 The Brown Family

  10. Denise Blais says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to you and your family Bruce.
    You are all in my prayers.

  11. Geoff Kirk says:

    Ryan was more than just a teammate. He served as an astounding role model and an even better friend. Everyone looked up to him. I will never forget the spectacular times we shared. Ryan was one of the reasons why I joined the Avon High School football team. He changed the lives of many and his presence will be forever missed. There will always be a void left in my heart without Ryan. I send condolences to the Rogers family.

  12. Alden Piper says:

    During my Sophomore year of college Ryan and I shared a dorm. Ryan was a transfer to UConn, and somehow I randomly ended up with one of my best friends living two floors above me. The dorm we lived in was full of transfers and third and fourth year students still living in on-campus housing; in other words, a bunch of mis-fits. In the center of the quad sat a gazebo that noone really paid much attention to until Ryan started going there. Slowly more and more people would come and enjoy Ryan’s company until it became a nightly activity to pay the gazebo a visit. Ryan made everyone feel comfortable; he told jokes, and expressed genuine interest in your well being. He was a transfer student, yet he made everyone feel right at home. He could become your friend in an hour let alone a semester… and he made a lot of friends that year. Ryan never judged, and he was unconcerned with the superficial. Everyone recognized that quality in him, and it made him magnetic. Ryan was the best kind of leader, and he will always be an inspiration. Rest in Peace, Ryan.

  13. Jackie jeffko says:

    Ryan had such a beautiful soul with so much light. My heart aches with Mary and family. This is a devastating loss for all who knew Ryan May you have found your peace resting in the arms of our Lord 💜

  14. Maura Almy says:

    Dear Mary and family,
    I am shocked and saddened for you and your loved ones. I am sending deepest sympathies and wishes that you are able to find strength to get through this sorrow.
    I am just so sorry.

  15. The Pagel Family says:

    Many condolences from the Pagel Family.

  16. Allison Vassalluzzo says:

    My deepest condolences to the Rogers Family during this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Tiffany says:

    You don’t know me, but just a friendly stranger sending some love.♥️ I am very sorry for your loss.💔 My heart goes out to you and your family, and I’ll be praying for you. 🙏🏻🕊🕊🙏🏻

  18. Clay Hillyer says:

    Like everyone, I was shocked and saddened by the news. I had the pleasure of coaching Ryan in football his senior year at Avon High. He was a warrior on the field during games, extremely coachable and hard-working on the practice field, a great teammate in the locker room, and a good-natured and enjoyable young man at all times. That is who he was and who he’ll always be to me. While the pain may never fully recede for the Rogers family and his friends, his wonderful enthusiasm and warmth will always be remembered.

  19. Joe Skwara says:

    Dear Rogers Family,

    My heart sank when I saw todays Courant. I recall Ryan as a young man when Chris was a great player on my Raiders football team. I, and my son Ryan, and our entire family can’t tell you how sorry and saddened we are by your loss. God Bless Ryan and your family.

    The Skwara Family

  20. LF says:

    I am so, so sorry for your loss.

    Mother of a son battling addiction

  21. LF says:

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I pray for your son and your family. My son is battling addiction. Thank you for acknowledging addiction.

    Mother of an addict

  22. Tammy Forner says:

    As a parent who watched our sons grow up together in Avon, I carry the Rogers family in my prayers as we all grieve Ryan’s death. His friendship with my son was so important during their high school years. They sang together, pumped iron together, and were part of a circle of friendship and support remains so strong in their young adult lives. I will always remember Ryan as one of the ‘boys’ I looked forward to seeing at my home, a gentle and sweet young man, so funny and kind, and so much loved by his circle of friends. Go with God, Ryan, to a gentle rest.

  23. Nick Karski says:

    Rest In Peace Ryan. Gone too soon. I extend my Prayers to Chris and his family.

  24. Cassiah Sahl says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ryan spent hours and hours at our house growing up playing guitar with Sam. Most of my teenage years included background music from Ryan. He was such a beautiful friend, musician, and soul. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Susan O'Connell says:

    We are so sorry Mary and Bruce to hear about the loss of Ryan. He certainly had the BEST childhood growing up with a wonderful family and lots of friends who loved him in the neighborhood. They shared so many wonderful memories with him they will never forget. We always love having him over with his amazing smile and so incredibly polite and respectful. He was taken way too young from all of you and we are deeply sorry for your loss. Heaven definitely gained an angel who will be looking down over the rest of the family. God Bless all of you! Pat, Sue, Katie, Abby & Gavin O’Connell

  26. Robin Piper says:

    💔 Yesterday, I learned of the sudden death of a wonderful human being, and I am absolutely heartbroken. Ryan went to school with my son Alden, and was only 23 years old. With his death, the world has lost a beautiful soul. Although I hadn’t seen him recently, in my minds eye I can clearly see him as a happy go lucky 10 year old playing paintball at a birthday party, or the sweet voiced 13 year old, joyfully singing in the middle school acapella group, or the solid, sincere, clear voiced 17 year old high school choral singer, and fiercely dedicated and talented scholar athlete who was captain of the high school football team. Most importantly though, through all the years, he was a selfless friend to so many, including my son Alden, for which I am eternally grateful. Ryan was a gentle giant, a kind, polite, genuine, and very sensitive soul. To me, he will remain forever 19, gathered around my kitchen table, laughing, joking, and joyous, eating chocolate chip pancakes with my boys and their friends. Our entire family was so blessed to have known him, and we will never forget him. I hope he knew what a positive impact he had, and how loved he was. Please rest easy, Ryan. We will certainly miss you here. Godspeed. 💔 We are thinking of and praying for Ryan’s mother, Mary, and his entire family. The loss is immeasurable, and no words can do it justice.

  27. Diane and John Gallagher says:

    Mary, Bruce , Meaghan and Chris,
    Words cannot express our sincere sympathy for your loss. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. Our heart are are aching for you. Heaven just gained another angel🙏🏻

  28. Eileen Fay says:

    Mary, there are no words to ease the pain you are feeling. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family at this most difficult time.

  29. Eileen Fay says:

    Mary, there are no words to ease the pain you are feeling. Please know that we are thinking of you and your entire family at this most difficult time.

  30. Quijano Family says:

    On behalf of Eduardo Puck Quijano and the Quijano family our sincerest condolences Ryan was mentioned many times as a big ole teddy bear who was a genuinely nice guy. A true blessing to have him on Earth for the time he was more a blessing to know he is watching over all now.

  31. Beckie Sahl says:

    Dear Rogers Family
    We are so deeply sorry that you have lost your beautiful son Ryan. We will always remember his beautiful smile and uplifting kindness. We will remember listening to the beautiful music he and Sam would make jamming for hours on end in our basement. I am glad that I got to know your beautiful son, Ryan. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. May Ryan’s memory be for a blessing. Sending love your way.

  32. Alexandra Battaglino says:

    Our hearts are broken for you all and for the unbearable pain you are feeling. Ryan had a smile and presence that could brighten a room. He always welcomed us with a great big bear hug, and was eager to ask how we were doing, and you knew he genuinely cared. I will never forget the last super bowl party we spent at the Dlugolecki’s, he got on the floor and played trucks with Christopher not caring to miss the game. He was truly the sweetest soul. Alex and I have not stopped praying for you all. May you find peace and strength in his beautiful memories, and knowing that he is always with you. 🙏🏼💙

  33. Charles Gill says:

    Words cannot express the sorry we all feel for a life taken far too soon. Ryan meant the world to us and there will always remain a void in our hearts. Not being able to see his funny little smiles or hear that funny Wookie sound he makes or not being able to get a great big hug when he entered our house. Ryan you will live on in the amazing memories, photographs and stories we will tell sitting around the fire pit. I will look forward to the day when I can hear “Hi Mr. Gill” and be able to hug you once again. We love you!

  34. Donna Moy says:

    Such heartbreaking 💔 news 😭

    Please accept my Deepest Sincerest Condolences, and know that my thoughts & prayers 🙏🏼 are with you Aunt Mary, the entire Rogers family and extended families thereof 💞

  35. Denise Kisiel says:

    oh Mary, there are no words, my thoughts are with you – Denise

  36. Elly Wong says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. It’s an unimaginable loss. I’m so sorry.

  37. Dave Olson says:

    Family of Ryan,

    I’m saddened by the tragic news. My most sincere condolences to the family of Ryan. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the coming days. Peace be with you all. 🙏🏼


    Dave Olson

  38. Tara Gill says:

    It is impossible to tell you how deeply saddened I am by Ryan’s passing. He was a truly amazing person. The thought of not seeing him again is devastatingly heartbreaking. His intelligence, thoughtfulness, caring and warmth was unprecedented. I am grateful to have had him a part of our ‘family’ and will miss him immensely. You are all in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers.

  39. Bill Woods says:

    Sorry for your loss. What a Great Kid and a pleasure to coach. So Sad….

  40. Jenna says:

    My heart goes out to all of Ryan’s friends and family. Although we grew apart, I will never forget his contagious laugh and great taste in music (he showed me a few of my all time favorite songs). He was one of the most genuine, funny, and kind people I have ever met. He always knew how to put a smile on my face. I feel very lucky to have known him, and I know everyone else who did feels the same way.

  41. JOHN ERNST says:

    So sad to hear this. Such a wonderful person. Will never forget the Mudhog days where he shared his smile

  42. Al Dadario says:

    I am very sad for your loss. Ryan will be in my prayers

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