Roger Moraes Cardoso
Roger Moraes Cardoso, 34, of New York City, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 10th at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after a heroic, 16-month battle with Testicular Cancer and Leptomeningeal Disease. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Born at the former St. Vincent Hospital in Greenwich Village in New York City, Roger was a true New Yorker, with Brazilian heritage. His love for cars, music and war history were revealed at an early age. By 3-years old, he knew every different kind of car. By 5-years old, he was learning the drums. By 10-years old, he was discussing war and politics with family and friends. He developed into a talented drummer and played in the band “Noise in the Attic” with his brother, Matt, and close friends.
Raised in Ossining, New York, Roger attended the former St. Theresa School in Briarcliff Manor, for his elementary school education, where he developed a great sense of friendship and respect for his classmates. He went to High School at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx. There he matured his understanding of service to his community. At 16 years old he was inspired to become a volunteer firefighter at the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department, Engine 92.
After graduating from high school, Roger went to Scranton University where he studied Criminal Justice and started his law enforcement career as a Campus Safety Officer. Soon after, he served as a Seasonal Police Officer in Ocean City, Maryland. He then joined the Metro Transit Police Force in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Followed by service with the Hyattsville Police Department, in Maryland, where he received the Officer of the Year award after his first year of service. He then moved on to serve in the San Diego Police Department in California. He later returned to Hyattsville as a detective where he developed his passion for investigations. In 2018 he became a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (DHS/HSI) at the young age of 28. In total, he attended over 5 different law enforcement academies across the country. He may have been one of the most extensively trained law enforcement officers for his age.
At DHS, he was honored and proud to serve with amazing friends and colleagues. His eagerness to experience and grow in his career was noticed and led him to an assignment in Saudi Arabia. At the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, he met the love of his life, Amanda Fleming, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. Roger’s Testicular Cancer Diagnosis in February 2022 only fueled their love and desire to spend their lives together. They got married on August 24th 2022 at City Hall in Manhattan.
Despite multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, Roger maintained his “no-quit” attitude. His patience, kindness, and optimism during his treatments were an inspiration to everyone around him, including his doctors and nurses. He fought the disease bravely and without complaint, even in his final days. Roger was determined to conquer the disease and ultimately, he won his battle. In death, his cancer died with him.
Roger will be remembered for his contagious smile, clever wit, and kind heart. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Amanda Fleming; father, Antonio Cardoso; mother Claudia Jacques; stepfather, Richard Courage; brother, Matthew Cardoso; and nephew, Landon Cardoso; along with loving aunts, uncles, cousins, step-brother, step-sisters, extended family and close friends. Roger is predeceased by his grandparents: Maria Léa Ferreira de Moraes, Rogério Jacques de Moraes, Alayde Velho de Oliveira Cardoso and João Batista Cardoso.
Family, friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate Roger’s life on Friday, June 23rd:
· A Memorial Visitation will be held at Waterbury and Kelly Funeral Home, 1300 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor 10510 (914-941-0838) from 1:00-3:30 pm;
· Immediately followed by Celebratory Tributes and a Repast at Briarcliff Manor Fire Department, 1111 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor 10510 (914-941-4440).
In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations in Memory of Roger Moraes Cardoso to one of the institutions below:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation:
WATERBURY & KELLY FUNERAL HOME
1300 Pleasantville Road
Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Ave, New York NY 10065
Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation