LE ROY — Roger Austin Medley, 82, gained his Heavenly reward Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, with family by his side. Loving husband of the late Mary Ann Medley, the two moved to the “country” in Le Roy after raising their family in Batavia. Nothing meant more to Roger and Mary Ann than their children, grandchildren and extended families.
Roger was born April 9, 1940, in Newburgh, N.Y., to the late Jean Marie (MacMillan) and Elmer Austin Medley. He spent his early life in Walden, N.Y., before his family moved to central New York. For the last several years, Roger spent his winters in Florida.
A 1958 graduate of VVS Central High School in Verona, N.Y., Roger attended Syracuse University before starting work in the heavy highway construction industry. In 1962, Roger and Mary Ann moved to Batavia, where Roger headed the western New York sales region for D-A Lubricants, Inc., serving clients throughout the western third of the state. Following a successful career in sales, Roger worked at various jobs in the Batavia area, including serving as Steward of Nest 493 of the Polish Falcons. Roger coached youth sports in Batavia — baseball, football, hockey and softball — for numerous years. A Gold Legion Honor Member, Roger was a 50-year member of the Polish Falcons of America, Local Nest 493.
Roger had a great love for people and a sense of humor uniquely his. Throughout his life, Roger had an uncanny ability to befriend people of all ages and from all walks of life. Known by as many nicknames as he gave, “Dad”, “Grampie”, “Grampa” were his favorites; nonetheless, many knew him, not as Roger, but as “Maytag”, “Mr. Medley”, “Coach”, “Rog’’ or “Pops”. His tenacious zest for life and courage in the later years of his life will continue to serve as an inspiration to countless others.
Roger and Mary Ann loved attending their grandchildren’s events, traveling, going out to eat, and attending sporting events. Roger, a gifted athlete, was a lover of all sports; and had an amazing knowledge of Major League Baseball, football and hockey and college football. He was a fixture at Dwyer Stadium for years, a longtime season ticket holder of the Rochester Amerks, a “diehard” lover of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Browns and University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Roger loved the outdoors — camping, hunting, and fishing; he had a legendary appetite for all things edible, especially hot dogs, lobster, prime rib and desserts.
Roger, who has now rejoined our Heavenly Father, his loving wife, and son, Douglas Austin Medley (1965-2015), leaves behind a loving family and countless friends. He is survived by children, Sue Ann Medley, John William Medley, Cynthia Marie (David) Evanetski; daughter-in-law, Jenny Privatera Medley; five grandchildren, Emily Jean Medley (John) Castilleja, Allison Marie Medley, Jacob Austin Medley, Ainsley Marie Evanetski and Cassidy Medley Evanetski; and great-grandson, River Michael Castilleja. He is survived by his sister, Bonnie (Delos) Presowitz; brother, Douglas J. Medley; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Sawner and Joyce (David) Howard; nieces, Denice Howard (Steven) Long, Brenda Howard (Robert) Hicks, Bonnie Jean Marie Presowitz, Annamarie Presowitz (Rick) Polito; and nephews, Jonathan (Beverly) Medley, his Godson Christian Roger Medley, and Matthew (Leah) Howard; 15 great-nephews and great-nieces. He is predeceased by his parents; parents-in-law, Clifford D. and Gladys (Burns) Sawner; and sister-in-law, Phyllis K. Medley.
Calling hours, followed by a brief prayer service and celebration of life will be held 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, N.Y. Please join family for a reception at Polish Falcons, Nest 493, lower level, to celebrate memories of Roger, at the conclusion of services. Donations may be made to the family and sent c/o 1324 Flor Del Sol Drive, Port Orange, FL 32129.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
Arrangements were entrusted to the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. Ronald Konieczny II, Director.