William ‘Roger’ Springate, III
William “Roger” Springate, III, son of Marie Josephine Funk Springate and William Roger Springate, Jr. Loving husband to Suzanne Marie Roarx Springate and devoted father to Hunter James (Caitlin) Springate and Trevor William Springate. Roger was educated as an accountant and estate planner, but chose to follow his love of history and carpentry - a love first realized while spending his summers on Mackinac Island, Michigan. A celebrated artisan and craftsman, Roger was the recipient of the 2005 Kentucky Preservation award and recognized as a master artisan for his knowledge and skill in preservation construction and historic methodology. No one ever loved Kentucky more than Roger. He traveled the state and chronicled every log house and historic structure, sharing these adventures with his life-long friends Doug and Robert and his brother Buddy. He was bitten by the “golf bug” later in life and treasured moments on the course with his friend and mentor Steve. Whether on the green or in the church pew, Roger and Steve were quite the pair - solving the problems of the world one laugh at a time. Roger loved routine, was resistant to change, and as a native Lexingtonian, had his hair cut by the same Chevy Chase barber for over 40 years. He loved to work and upon retiring from the building business, he quickly joined the University of Kentucky Hospital volunteers and devoted much time and energy to caring for families in the surgery waiting room. Of all that was important to Roger, his role as husband and father made him the most proud. Attending every soccer practice, baseball game and cross country race, setting off fireworks, and annual family vacations to the beach, Roger dedicated himself to his family. He loved to spend time with his “lovely wife” Suzanne on Paradise Lake in northern Michigan—where peace and quiet and love was all around. He leaves behind, in addition to his wife and children, 2 sisters, Martine Springate and Nancy (Robby) Nickerson, 6 brothers: Gregory Springate, Brent Sprin- gate, Thomas Springate, Robert “Buddy” (Jill) Springate and Pat- rick (Sue) Springate. Nephews Michael and Matthew Springate, nieces, Tristan Springate (Alex) Christian and Jillian Springate. The burdens of the last few miles of Roger’s journey were made lighter by the ever present and supportive faith community of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. The power of prayer and faith in an everlasting peace sustained him and his family as his inevitable parting from this earth drew near. A special thank you to the nurses at Markey Cancer Center - especially Catherine, Samantha, Judi and Debbie - and to Dr. Dianna Howard whose love and care was ever present in spite of being dismissed to “go take care of someone who was really sick” on more than one occasion - we will always love you Dr. Howard. Funeral services will be 11 am Fri. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church by Rev. Norman Fisher with burial following in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 pm Thurs. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. In lieu of flowers, Roger has asked that donations be made to St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Building Fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass in honor of Tammy and Yessinia, who walked the last few miles of his journey with him and his family.