Roger “Pip” Moyer passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 10, 2015 after a 20 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Though Pip never complained, this debilitating disease was particularly difficult for an athletic basketball player noted for his hook shot and as Coach at St. Mary’s High School.
Roger Moyer was born on August 16, 1934 to Clara Lewis of Eastport and Vernon Moyer, originally from Iowa.
A true Eastporter, Pip lived all his life in his cherished close knit neighborhood. The importance of sharing was a value that stayed with him throughout his life. A generous and kind man he was also the friend you would want in “the Foxhole” with you.
Elected Mayor when he was 29 years old, he was honored by the JayCees as one of Maryland’s top five outstanding leaders.
Moyer believed it was government’s responsibility to level the playing field for opportunity for all citizens. His concern for the underdog opened new recreation programs and affordable housing. As Mayor, Pip rescued Annapolis from economic failure. He campaigned successfully for the Historic District, protected the waterfront from High-rise development and ushered in the US Boat shows. His genuine character generated trust and his outgoing personality saved the city from disaster after the assassination of Martin Luther King.
Married to Ellen Oosterling for ten years, he is survived by his children: Guy William, John Rodger, Michael Vernon, Steven Lewis and Loni Ellen; and grandchildren William Guy, Erin Mina, Lauren Ellen, Owen Alexander, Aaron Jeremiah and Joseph Benda.
His sense of humor and quiet strength will be missed by all who shared time with him. Friends may call on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis on Saturday, January 17th at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private at Cedar Bluff Cemetery.
Remembrances can be contributed to the Annapolis Community Foundation, Moyer Trust, PO Box 5736, Annapolis 21403, a non-profit that contributes to programs in the City of Annapolis. Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfunerahome.com.