SHARON - Edward R. Rogers, 84, of Grandview Lane, died peacefully on July 23, 2008, with his family at his side.

He was the husband of Mary Elizabeth (Biz) Rogers. They were married for 56 years.

Mr. Rogers was born on Oct. 7, 1923, in Trenton, N.J., the only child of Katherine (Dillon) and Joseph A. Rogers.

Mr. Rogers enlisted in the US Army and was sent to the South Pacific, where he served with the 162nd regiment 41st Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant.

When he returned, he completed his studies at The Lawrenceville School and Princeton University, class of 1951.

Mr. Rogers began his business career working for L. Bamberger and Company in Newark, N.J., where he met his future wife. Later he worked for CIBA Chemical & Dye, and was transferred with his family to their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, for a year.

Mr. Rogers was vice president of development with Binney & Smith in New York City, makers of Crayola crayons and other consumer products.

Before he retired, Mr. Rogers was vice president of programs with Innotech, a think tank in Trumbull, Conn. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers moved from Weston, Conn., to Sharon in 1995.

Mr. Rogers will be remembered by his family as a creative spirit who often acted on his many creative impulses. He was a talented photographer and painter and in his later years he adopted the computer as a tool for achieving creative expression.

He was a competitive sailor during the family's summers on Chebeague Island, Maine, where he will also be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and his sense of humor. His family and friends will dearly miss him.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Rogers; two sons, Geoffrey Linhoff Rogers of New York City and his wife, May, and Jonathan Dillon Rogers of Weston and his wife, Monica; a daughter, Dorian Rogers Winslow of Pawling and New York City and her husband, Tom; and his granddaughters, Caitlyn, Julia and Mallory Rogers of Weston, Celine Rogers of New York City and Eve Winslow of Crested Butte, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sharon Volunteer Ambulance Fund.

Mr. Rogers was buried with military honors at the Sharon cemetery. A memorial service was held at Trinity Church in Lakeville on July 29.

Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.