In Memoriam: Roger Playwin

In Memoriam: Roger Playwin

In Memoriam: Roger Playwin 459 649 SVDP USA

Roger T. Playwin
1941 – 2024

Former National CEO, beloved friend, and dedicated Vincentian Roger Playwin passed away last week at the age of 83.

The model of servant leadership, Roger’s long history with nonprofit organizations led him to become Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul’s Detroit Archdiocesan Council in 1998. Roger was named Executive Director of the National Council in April 2003; five years later, he became its first Chief Executive Officer, in recognition of the expanded duties and responsibilities of his position.

As a Society leader, he structured the National Council to include all aspects of diversity and better compliance in areas of governance. He served on the National Board of Directors and when he retired in 2013, he remained active with the Society at various levels and roles, including serving as Treasurer for the National Foundation Board, and stepping in for a time as an Interim Executive Director for the Detroit ADCC.

Passionate about serving families impacted by disasters, Roger was on the first Board of the Disaster Services Corporation in 2017, and stayed active with the Board as Vice Chair until the end of 2022. He continued to serve on the DSC Governance Committee, lending his expertise in NGO policies. While serving as CEO of the National Council, Roger was instrumental in getting the Katrina Aid Today Contract, which served Katrina survivors in 17 Councils across the United States. This was the largest contract of its kind for the Society and helped to keep thousands of displaced Katrina survivors from becoming homeless across the nation.

National President John Berry remarked, “Roger was a beloved friend to many people both in and out of the Society. He lived the virtues of being a Vincentian through his service, his friendship, and his deep spirituality. Roger mentored many of us when we came into the Society, and he was always there supporting us when we needed him. When I was elected National President, Roger was a trusted advisor helping me navigate my new role. I will miss him very much.”

Roger is survived by his wife, Sue, three children, four grandchildren, and all of us who knew and loved him well.

“Roger was a tremendous support and mentor to me in the role of National CEO,” noted National CEO Dave Barringer. “He continued to be available at any time for any reason for so many local Executive Directors as a great friend and coach in his retirement. He will be greatly missed.”

A visitation will be held today, May 16, from 4 to 8 PM at Chas. Verheyden, Inc. Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park, MI. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 17 at 10 AM at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.

Roger’s family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the National Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at

  • Margaret Quigley May 16, 2024 at 4:04 pm

    As a Vincentian I feel some camaraderie with Roger though I never met the man. I offer my prayers at this time for his family and dear friends. It is difficult to loose such a vital, directed man. We all know God has a plan. Life is glorious and death is glorious as well. We spend our earthly life trusting in God’s plan and praying we are serving Him. Death will let us know if we worked the plan, executed it, and found resurrection. Thank you, Roger, for your service…….it has indirectly and directly made many grow in holiness.

    “In our end is our beginning” is a famous quote. The words resonate with us at times like this. RIP Roger and find your “beginning” glorius‼️🕊️

    Margaret Quigley
    St Vincent de Paul Volunteer
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Bothell, WA

  • ALFONSO G. ALCAZAR May 16, 2024 at 4:08 pm

    My condolences to Roger’s Family
    He should be enjoying the Divine Presence now!!!

  • Patrick Jerrell May 16, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    Roger was a great Vincentian, and was very approachable in guiding me & other rookie Council Presidents. He is assuredly enjoying his eternal reward, but will be missed.

  • lm deeply tuch by the departure of Mr R. playwln, lm sure he will be miss ,may the lord give him his Eternal life

  • Brian Cloutier May 17, 2024 at 6:52 am

    Roger was the once who persuaded me to attend Invitaion for Renewal. I will be forever grateful that I listened
    to his advice! Rest in peace Vincention Brother!

    Brian Cloutier
    District President
    North Macomb
    Detroit Council

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