Hall Of Fame Inductee

Bea Ross Kotelko

Inducted into: Player Division in 1987

Location: Oshawa

Deceased: DEC

  • Player

Although born in Lansing, Michigan, Beatrice Leona Ross grew up as a Canadian in Oshawa and, from that home base, left her mark on 5 pin bowling. Representing the Oshawa area, Bea bowled at the Sportsmans Show and was a finalist in both 1954 and 1955, losing by only one pin in the latter year to Hall of Famer Vera Ward of Hamilton. Bea won all events singles titles in Waterloo, Oshawa and Peterborough, and also appeared on the CBC 5 pin bowling show in 1956. As the dominant bowler in the area, Bea was also prominent on the administrative side and was the Canadian Bowling Association representative under president Charlie Hill land secretary Flo Cutting. Bea also enjoyed the instruction side of the sport and with her husband, Matt Kotelko, began a youth league at Matt’s Motor City Bowl in the late 1950s. Together, Bea and Matt were the driving forces for organized bowling in the Oshawa area. Bea continues to live in the Motor City, and with her son Doug and daughter Marilyn, she enjoys her four grandchildren.