Homer resident Roger Alan Ceglie died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. He was 64.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Homer Elks Lodge. Additional services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Mount Scott Funeral Home in Portland, Ore.
Mr. Ceglie was born March 12, 1939, in Portland. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He moved to Fairbanks in 1991, then to Homer in 1995. Mr. Ceglie and his wife, Judy, were former managers of the Chocolate Drop Inn Bed and Breakfast. He was better known as the dietary manager at the Homer Senior Citizens Center.
"Roger loved the ocean, fishing and good food," his family said. "Roger dedicated 35 years of his life to the food industry. His expertise was well recognized throughout Alaska. One of his passions was working with businesses to design their kitchen facilities and work with them on menus."
He helped several lodges and businesses in the area with their designs.
During the last two years, Mr. Ceglie worked with the Department of Environmental Conservation to help develop Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, which is a quality control program for critical areas in the kitchen.
He spent five years at the Homer Senior Citizens Center as its dietary manager and chef.
"He took pride in the work accomplished there," his family said. "He enjoyed the special events that the center had periodically, such as the Ho-Down and the Hawaiian luau and others. Great care was taken on holidays to make them joyous and the food special with the dining room set nicely for the assisted living residents and their guests, as well as the public that would be there.
"Roger loved working with seniors and laughing and joking with them. He was kind and gentle and everyone was his friend and he was theirs. He was like sunshine coming into a room. Business and people skills made him an asset to those who sought his counsel. He was a low profile-high quality individual as remembered by his friends."
Mr. Ceglie volunteered for many events. He cooked for hundreds each year for the salmon derbies. He also cooked hamburgers and hot dogs and steak dinners for large groups on many occasions. He volunteered for numerous Elks events to help raise money, and he volunteered for anything that would help to improve the community.
"He was one that could never say, 'No,'" his family said.
Mr. Ceglie also was a member of the Homer Christian Church. He was proud to be an Elk and an officer. He was awarded Elk of the Year of 1997-98 for both Homer and the state of Alaska. He also was a chamber of commerce officer for five years.
"For all who knew him, Roger was loved by many and disliked by none," his family said. "The community lost a valuable friend. Roger lived life as a Christian, and he was ready when his Father called him home."
Mr. Ceglie was preceded in death by his son, Robert Alan Ceglie, at the age of 34, who also died from cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Ceglie of Homer; and his children, Debra Evans of Portland, Ore., Cindy Ask of Hoffman Heights, Ill., Steven Glanz of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Julie Baggett of Elizabeth, Colo., and Krista Minor of Belle Fourche, S.D.
Memorials may be given in Roger's name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home.
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