If you lived or worked in the village of Catskill from the 1960s through the 1990s, or maybe just visiting from Albany, Hudson or Kingston, the odds were pretty darn good that you saw or talked to Roger Lane.

For a spell during Catskill’s heyday, Lane was the face of the village. The former president of the Catskill Savings Bank worked for the local financial institution for 35 years before he served as a substitute teacher in the Catskill Central School District for two decades.

Lane was a committed member of numerous local organizations, including three decades with the Catskill Rotary Club. He shared that commitment with Catskill’s young people as an outspoken supporter of Interact, Rotary International’s youth program.

He was an irrepressible charity organizer. He coordinated blood drives for nonprofits and the Red Cross. He planned food drives around the holidays for the food pantries. He did holiday programs like the Secret Santa for underprivileged children in the Greene County community.

Among his many activities and initiatives, Lane hosted the benefit American Heart Association Radiothon on WCKL-AM in the 1980s and 1990s during National Heart Month. He served as president of the Catskill Village Board of Trustees in the 1970s. Later he was elected president of the Catskill Rotary Club and ushered in a new era of community volunteerism. After that, he was brought down by serious health issues but he never stopped his altruistic work.

A memorial service for Lane, who died last Friday at the age of 73, will be held at the Catskill United Methodist Church at a date to be determined. Rotary International has a simple three-word credo: Service above Self. Roger Lane lived it.

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