Roger W. Fleming Sr.
Jan. 29, 1925 - Oct. 27, 2020
Campbell (Cupertino) Resident
Roger William Fleming Sr. died peacefully in Campbell on Oct. 27, 2020 at the age of 95. He is survived by his sons Roger Jr. (Susie) and Bruce (Donna), grandson Connor (Cece), and granddaughter Willow. He was predeceased by his wife Marjorie of 61 years and his son David. Roger was born in Jamestown, NY, to Linn and Esther Fleming. He graduated in 1942 from Riverside High School in Buffalo where he had his own Big Band. In 1943 Roger joined the army and served as a Sergeant in the Third Calvary as a radio operator and went behind the lines the day after D-day as part of Patton's Ghosts. After leaving the Army in 1946 he worked in a Cardboard factory, and in 1948 he married his wife Marjorie. From 1948 – 1956 Roger was associated with broadcasting stations WXRA and WXRC-FM in Buffalo, four years as Chief Engineer and held credentials as a News & Radio reporter. He then joined Bell Aircraft Corp as an Electrical Engineer to develop Mag Amp regulated power supplies and transistor servo amplifiers, and was loaned to Sylvania to develop B58 bomber countermeasures.
In 1958 Roger joined Sylvania Electronic Sys. (GTE Defense Labs) as a Senior Engineer in electronic countermeasure systems development and was project engineer for Minuteman Outside Communication Cable Plants. In 1959 he earned a diploma from the Institute of Radio Engineers. During this time, Roger also studied at the Capitol Radio Institute of Washington D.C. and continued his graduate studies at the State University of New York through 1961. He was awarded a patent on Sync Locked Control For Controlled Rectifiers in Multiphase Circuits in 1965 and contributed multiple articles in IEEE Transaction and Electronics magazines, including an article entitled, "Wide Band C-W Detection Using Crystal Video Detectors," in Sept. 1962. Roger also belonged to a number of prestigious organizations; IEEE Life Member, Association of Old Crows, American Defense Preparedness Association, and Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems.
In 1969, Roger relocated his family from Kenmore, NY, to Cupertino, CA, where he continued his work at GTE Defense Labs in Mt. View. After 45 years in Defense Electronics Roger retired and changed careers to real estate. He worked with Century 21, RE-Max, and Sunnyvale RE, retiring again in 2011.
Around 1975 Roger rediscovered his love for Big Band music and started playing tenor and baritone saxophone with the Cupertino Sauerkrauts, soon after branching out to other bands: Bill Clark Band, Bob's Big Band, The Serenaders, Swing Solution, Tenor Band, and the Unicorns, for over 40 years. The last band he was with, The Serenaders, played at the Sunnyvale Senior Center many times.
Living on his own since January 2010, Roger enjoyed numerous recreational outings, including cruises to Mexico and Alaska with his companion friend Rosemary. In December 2013 he moved into an apartment at the assisted-living Merrill Gardens complex in Campbell, CA, where he made special connections with his fellow residents, especially after arranging for The Serenaders to play there on New Year's Eve 2013. Roger played with the band there several times over the years through Oct. 2017, and became known endearingly as "the man who played saxophone in the big band." May he rest in peace. We're so proud of you!!! Love you Dad, Gramps, Saxophone Man! Interment at Acacia Park Cemetery.
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