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12/15/2017 Member News
RSA Mourns Loss of Past President and Life Member, Robert "Bobby" Braun


Robert (Bobby/Bob) Braun of San Antonio, Texas, age 71, beloved husband and best friend of Dianne Braun, passed away at his home on December 13, 2017 surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved on.



Bobby was born on February 15, 1946 in San Antonio Texas to Arthur and Grace.  He was preceded in death by both of his parents. Bobby married Dianne (as Bobby would say, “the war department”) on April 6, 1973, it was 44 years of wedding bliss.  Together they had one daughter Megan.

During his pre-teen years he grew to have a passion for the sport of Roller Skating.  Bobby took lessons and skated competitively during his teen years at Rollercade under the influence of Carl and Velma Forsyth while working part-time for the Forsyth’s.  Bobby went to work as an Assistant Manager for Sear’s Parts Distribution Center in San Antonio and then moved to Austin, Texas to take a manager’s position within the company.  One year after moving to Austin, TX, Carl Forsyth offered Bobby a management position at one of his Roller Skating Facility in San Antonio, Bobby accepted the offer and began his career in the Roller Skating Business. Bobby and Dianne were multi-rink operators, however, Skateland West was always home. He mentored many young people during his career and never hesitated to remind them if they had time to lean they had time to clean. Bobby was a big teaser, he could take it as well as give it.  Bobby found pleasure in sharing his roller rink experiences with new and existing operators and never hesitated to lend a hand to assist a fellow operator. Bobby loved his involvement in the Roller Skating Association International for over 40 years.  He served on the Roller Skating Association International Board of Directors, as the Treasurer and then was elected as the Vice President and President.  During his involvement in the Association he was awarded numerous honors with the highest being the Life Member Award.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017 at Porter Loring North Funeral Chapel; 2012 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at St. Anthony Mary Claret, 6150 Roft Road, San Antonio, TX, 78253.

In honor of the life of Bobby, memorial donations may be made to the National Museum of Roller Skating; 4730 South Street, Lincoln, NE 68506 or Heart to Heart Hospice; 1000 Central Parkway North, Suite #110, San Antonio, TX.