The Western State Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) grieves the loss of founding member Roy Edward Bolt. Bolt was born May 28, 1923 in Glenwood, Washington. He graduated from high school and spent one year at Pacific University, where he played football and basketball. His military service was with the Signal Corps, stationed at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.
Following his war duty, Bolt returned to Portland, Oregon, and started his company, ABC Roofing, with his brother Jim joining him in the business. He went on to acquire McDonald & Wetle, Inc. and General Sheet Metal. Later, he and his brother divided the two companies. Bolt taught roofing at Portland Community College, and at the Roofers Apprenticeship Program. Many of his former students are still working in the roofing business. Roofing was a major part of Bolt’s life, and he kept working the trade past 80 years old.
Bolt also served as one of the founding Board Members of the WSRCA. He, along with Walt Crow, Johnny Zamrzla, Wayne Mullis, Wayne Vose, Kink Clawson, and Lloyd Sankowitz met in Las Vegas, Nevada, and organized what would become the WSRCA. He was awarded WSRCA Board Member of the Year in 1992 and received the Outstanding Service Award in 1994. Bolt was inducted into the WSRCA Hall of Fame in 1989, the association’s highest honor.
Former WSRCA president, Travis Nelson from Brown Roofing Company in The Dalles, Oregon, remembers Bolt fondly. “He is a really big deal in the Pacific Northwest,” said Nelson. “He was also a major player within the local roofing and waterproofing union and was responsible for its training and apprentice program. He will be missed.”
Bolt is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and his siblings. He enjoyed fishing, bird hunting, traveling, and golfing around Oregon and many far away courses. Donations can be made to St. James Lutheran Church in Portland or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.