Chuck Connor in his office. Photo by Danny Fulgencio.

We’re sad to share the death of Lake Highlands favorite Chuck Connor Jr., retired owner of White Rock Skate Center. Connor died January 15th. White Rock Skate closed in October 16, 2016.

Christina Hughes Babb featured Connor in this Advocate Magazine story in 2012, and this one when the center closed. Advocate photographer Danny Fulgencio did this great multi-media piece on the center’s last weekend.

Connor attended St. Thomas Aquinas and Jesuit College Prep before serving as an officer in Kappa Alpha Order at East Texas State University. His dad, Charles Sr., built White Rock Skate in 1973, and Chuck took over when his dad retired in 1980. “The skating rink guy,” as the kids called him, never missed a day of work in 40 years.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Laura, his daughter, Leslie, and other relatives. He asked that well-wishers consider a donation to the Assist the Officers Foundation.

Chuck and Laura Connor at White Rock Skate’s last weekend. Photo by Danny Fulgencio.