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Robert D. Rogan, 79, a retired Buffalo firefighter and co-founder of Agape Parents Fellowship, a non-profit organization devoted to the needs of parents of developmentally challenged children, died Thursday (Jan. 28, 1999) in Mercy Hospital.

He was born in Lackawanna and graduated from South Park High School. He served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II.

His first-hand experience with the frustrations and concerns of being a parent of a child with special needs was the motivating factor to help other parents in similar circumstances.

Agape was started at a dining room table with his wife and two other couples in 1981. The fellowship has since grown from a few families to serving the needs of more than 1,500 families in the Western New York area.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Gloria Hazen; three daughters, Sally Saunders of Yardlee, Pa., Cheryl Slattery of Orchard Park and Carol Bapst of Greensboro, N.C.; two sons, Robert and Michael, both of Buffalo; and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Full Gospel Tabernacle, 3210 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst.


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