It is hard for me to relay this news because I have a longstanding personal and professional relationship with Sonny Rogers (Roger Rubinow). His son, Russ, called to tell me that he has lost his dad. It happened this past Friday, May 16, during surgery. There just isn't anything that can ameliorate the pain and the loss. Sonny was a great person and a joy to be with both professionally and personally. For those of you who may not know, Sonny was the proprietor of Ruby's – a mainstay of the finest corned beef in the land – on Main St. for many years. He was also a percussionist/musician/bandleader since the '60s (the Jolly Gents among his bands), a member of the Middletown Symphonic Band, and my go-to guy for administering the Summer Sounds concerts for the past 15 years. I am really going to miss him.
The funeral arrangements -
Wednesday May 21st: Service beginning 11am at Biegas with calling hours from 9:00am to 10:30 am with a Military burial following at Veterans cemetery in Middletown. His obituary will be featured in the Hartford Courant, Middletown Press and New Britain Herald tomorrow.