It is with great sadness that Roger David Turcsik passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018. The son of the late Stephen and Mildred King Turcsik, he was born on March 21, 1947, in Ithaca, NY, and raised on the west end, known as the Island and a Rhiner. Roger spent his hard-working years as a union plumber and welder with Local 267 in Ithaca.
Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Bonnie (Little); son, Roger (Nicole) Turcsik and their children, Laura, Shyann and Aubrie; son, Scott (Carrie) Turcsik and their daughter, Taylor; daughter, Torie (John) Woodcock and their children, Bailey, Jack and Jameson; and son, Troy “T.J.” (Ann) Turcsik and their children, Austin and Cayden. Along with his four children and nine grandchildren, he is also survived by one great granddaughter, Blake, a large extended family, and many great friends. In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Cindy Turcsik.
Roger enjoyed years of fishing and hunting that created countless stories. His passion was for classic cars and motorcycles; and his collections included his favorite 1955 Chevy and a 1968 Corvette. Roger could often be found spectating his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events—from years of great Ithaca High School girls basketball to many football games, wrestling matches, baseball and softball games, as well. He also led many boyscout campouts as a scout leader, was a father to a racing family, and a father to all. Roger’s children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and entertainment. As a true New York Yankees fan, Roger had the pleasure of seeing a winning game as he passed from his adventure.
Please remember him by the conversations you enjoyed together, the jokes you shared, or his heated debates that he always had to win.
Roger will be greatly missed by his loving family and loyal dog, Roscoe.
Family, friends, and classic cars are invited to honor Roger at a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in Frear Memorial Park, 110 Hayts Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.