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Bill Rogers seeks adventure after a life filled with love  

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  • Bill Rogers repels down the Brady Sullivan Plaza building in downtown Manchester on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Katrina Pepin, 22, raises her arms in victory after repelling down the Brady Sullivan Place building in Manchester on Tuesday, August 18, 2021. Pepin has raised over $5,000 over the last two years for Marguerite's Place in Nashua. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bill Rogers celebrates after repelling down the Brady Sullivan Plaza building in downtown Manchester on Tuesday, August 18, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bill Rogers gets congratulated after scaling down the Brady Sullivan Plaza building on Tuesday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Rebecca Lerner opens up her arms as she descends the Brady Sullivan Plaza building in downtown Manchester on Tuesday.

  • Erin Nichols (center) and her boyfriend Sam Ragucci watch Katrina Pepin repel down the Brady Sullivan building in Manchester on Tuesday, August 18, 2021. The United Way event helped local charities raise money for their organizations. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bill Rogers starts his decent down the Brady Sullivan Place building in downtown Manchester on Tuesday, August 18, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Katrina Pepin, 22, repels down the Brady Sullivan Plaza building in Manchester on Tuesday, August 18, 2021 GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Kevin Cloutier of Nashua repels down the side of the Brady Sullivan Plaza building in downtown Manchester on Tuesday, August 18, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 8/18/2021 4:14:58 PM

Some did it for the thrill. All did it for charity. Bill Rogers did it for love.

At 88-year-old, Rogers was one of 80 people who rappelled down the 24-story Brady Sullivan building in Manchester as part of the “Over the Edge” fundraiser organized by the United Way of Greater Nashua.

Rogers chooses to do death-defying feats that would scare the daylights out those half his age in memory of his wife Natalie, who died in 2017. He’s gone skydiving, ziplining and planned to swim with sharks.

Tuesday was his second time scaling down one of Manchester’s tallest buildings, the city where he lives.

“That was wonderful,” he said, feet firmly planted back on the ground. “I enjoyed it.”

Each of the participants raised between $1,000 and $9,000 for various charities. One of the first to go off the top was former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, who was joined by blind activist Randy Pierce and organizer Mike Apfelberg

Rogers and his wife Natalie were married for 65 years before she passed. She always knew her husband had an adventurous side, so it makes perfect sense to Rogers to do these crazy things in her memory.

“I had an amazing life with her,” Rogers said two years ago before scaling down the exact same building. “I was blessed. Every morning, she tells me to get up and get going on this or that for as long as I can.”




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