JUNE 1, 2015 – Patti TeNyenhuis of Saugerties, Ron Priester of Delmar, Marcel Fournier of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Rochester, and Jane Abraham of Oswego were inducted into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame on Saturday night at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse.
Marcel Fournier, who, along with Abraham, was inducted in the Meritorious Service category, was a key figure in the advancement of bowling through the ABC, USBC and Bowling Proprietors Association at the local, state and national levels for more than 30 years, starting in the early 1960’s
“We were there when (bowling) was hot. If you didn't bowl, you were nobody,” said Fournier, owner and/or operator of eight bowling centers, most notably Olympic Bowl in Rochester, a longtime host of the Professional Bowlers Association.
He spent 43 years in Rochester, where he was one of the originators of the Rochester Fun Time Junior Bowling television show and a co-founder of the popular Lilac City Tournament.
“I remember back in 1961, when I was managing Olympic, and I was told to “go there (to a BPA meeting) and get involved,” he said. “I stayed very involved from that point on.”
He spoke of leading the proprietors’ group in a battle against a proposal to put a sales tax on bowling. “We took that fight to Albany and gave every legislator a bowling pin. It was soundly defeated,” he said.
Today, Fournier works in real estate with his daughter in Florida and continues to bowl, having posted a 300 game three weeks ago.