USA Roller Sports

A MEMORIAL TO  CHARLES F. LOWE

September 4, 1925 – August 19, 2019

Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Cindy Lowe; grandchildren Jessica and Kelly Lowe; four great-grandchildren, Timothy, Robert, Gabriel and Dalilah.  He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife of 62 years, Eileen; son Charles F. “Chuck” Lowe III; and grandson  Charles F. “Chip” Lowe,  IV.

Mr. Lowe retired in 2006 after being a rink owner and manager for 33 years.  Charlie was connected with roller skating since 1942 and was a national titleist  in dance every year from 1946 to 1951 and won the US senior dance silver medal on two occasions.  Also, Charlie was the second person to receive the gold proficiency (achievement) medal in dance behind his teachers George and Gladys Werner.  He was a gold judge, a member of the US Olympic committee, vice president of the USARSA and a member of the national executive committee.  He was inducted into the Roller Skating Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008.

Charlie also expressed his passion for the sport in other ways.  Besides managing at the Franconia Roller Rink, he also taught at the AOW National, Bladensburg and Alexandria Arenas in the DC metro area.  He was famous for his ability to choreograph and produce elaborate skating shows.  Fans attended year after year  and a  large following was earned.  A final grand show was held after the completion of the shows at each rink; and, each rink rink sent their best numbers to National Arena.  Charlie would host and produce the final show with the best numbers.  Naturally most of them were his.  Some of the proceeds were donated to the “March of Dimes” and some were given to the skaters for competition travel.  His time was donated free and rehearsals sometimes lasted until 4:00 am.  On the competitive scene, his students won many national titles, but the most impressive aspect of his contribution to skating was that he was very supportive.  When a student had financial difficulty, he would often reduce the lesson bills.  And, there would never be a student fee at competitions for music editing and recording.  His efforts were for the love of the sport.

In his early days Charlie was a nuclear designer for Allis Chalmers and during WWII he was a bombardier in the US Army Air Force.   Carol and I have known and loved him for 68 years.  He was our first teacher and Carol’s god father.  We salute him and he leaves us with an empty heart.  My God rest his soul.

JOSEPH AND CAROL CHESTER