Bob Daubney, who ran a bowling retail store for 63 years, dies

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Bob Daubney, who ran a bowling retail shop for 63 years, dies


Bob Daubney, who owned a bowling and recreation tools enterprise within the Capital Area for 63 years, died Saturday morning at Samaritan Hospital in Troy. He was 86.

“Bob Daubney’s Bowling and Billiards” at 385 Troy-Schenectady Street in Latham, adjoining to the Spare Time-Latham bowling heart, offered its closing stock Saturday afternoon. That was the final of 5 areas for Daubney’s enterprise.

“He awoke day-after-day simply to go to that retailer,” Spare Time-Latham normal supervisor Carol Choose mentioned.

Daubney, who owned the Bowlers Membership in Latham within the early Eighties, had been hospitalized since struggling a stroke Oct. 28. Nonetheless energetic as a bowler and businessman, Daubney bowled 5 video games at Spare Time the night time earlier than his stroke, in accordance with Choose.

A 1954 graduate of La Salle Institute in Troy, Daubney began out as a lane-maintenance man in Albany and was employed two years later as a discipline supervisor of AMF, his brother Carl mentioned. Daubney launched his first retailer in 1959 at 135 Pearl St., promoting balls, luggage, sneakers, and trophies, and in 1961 opened a billiard retailer on Broadway Road in Albany.

The development of Interstate 787 brought on him in 1968 to maneuver the shops to 4 Fuller Street in Colonie. Daubney’s went to 601 Loudon Street in Latham in 1986 and relocated to its current spot round 2010. At one time Daubney estimated he had drilled greater than 200,000 bowling balls.

“One factor about Bob,” mentioned Carl Daubney, certainly one of 4 siblings, “he by no means gave up on bowling. He was at all times considering down the street that it’s going to come again, it is going to be robust once more.”

Daubney was the oldest of 5 kids. His youngest brother, Invoice, died in January. His brothers John and Carl and a sister, Linda, survive.

He by no means married however cared for a foster daughter, Virginia, and her kids.

“He took in Virginia at a really younger age and at all times mentioned it was his granddaughter,” Choose mentioned. “He lived for these children. That was his complete life. He was a quite simple individual.”

A member of the Albany Bowling Affiliation Corridor of Fame, Daubney rolled seven 300 video games. In 1974 at Redwood Lanes in Colonie, he produced an 823 collection, believed to be a nationwide document on the time.

Choose was Daubney’s normal supervisor at Bowlers Membership for 5 years and took possession of the 50-lane constructing in 1986. The middle was closed in 2007.

“He was very giving,” Choose mentioned. “He beloved to contribute. He beloved to be part of something that received ‘Bob Daubney’ on the market. He was very a lot part of the neighborhood. He marketed on each PBA Tour present (at Bowlers Membership) on the networks for years. He marketed on our Huck Finn present. Something that was bowling, eh wished to be part of.”

pdougherty@timesunion.com • 518-454-5416 • @Pete_Dougherty



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