Robert J. "Bob" Botelho, senior vp of RollMaster Software for more than 13 years, died July 6 at his home in Lexington, N.C., following a brief illness. He was 57.
was a tireless businessman and promoter who spent his waking moments thinking
about the flooring industry and analyzing how our software could help our
customers, his friends," remembered Dev O'Reilly, ROllMaster's president
and ceo. "During the past 17-plus years that we were associated, I
witnessed first-hand Bob’s loyalty, humor, generosity and unconquerable spirit
as well as his profound love and admiration of his daughter Sheri and his son
born April 21, 1953, in Fall River, Mass., where he graduated from Durfee High School.
He remained in the Fall River
area and spent more than 20 years in the retail floor covering industry,
starting as a floor covering installer. When he left in 1997 to become senior
vp of RollMaster, he owned three retail floor covering stores.
... belonged to the generation of flooring industry professionals who made
their reputations in the golden age when carpet was king of the flooring
business," O'Reilly said. "Bob was always barking orders, giving
opinions and lecturing in his signature Boston
accented tone on the state of the retail flooring industry. When I first
learned that he was gone, I was devastated, not just because he was my business
partner and dear friend, but also because he was such a strong personality,
dominating force; I thought that he was invincible."
who knew Bob either loved him to death or loved him a lot. Bob could be
stubborn and persnickety, but he always maintained a fierce integrity," he
In memoriam: Robert J. Botelho
July 28, 2010