Englewood, Colo. -- Tele-Communications Inc. executive
Ronald Roe, a 28-year veteran of the cable industry, died last week in Houston after a
long battle with cancer.
After serving in the Vietnam war, Roe began his career in
cable television in 1970, overseeing systems in Virginia, Connecticut and Texas, while
becoming the first general manager to offer Home Box Office and TBS Superstation.
In 1996, Roe launched digital cable and local telephone
service at TCI's system in Hartford, Conn. During his time there, the Hartford system
was named No. 1 in customer service among cable companies and utilities by the Connecticut
Department of Public Utilities Control.
Roe later moved to TCI's corporate headquarters in
Denver, where he acted as liaison between the company and its major launch markets. In
1997, he moved to Houston, where he acted as general manager for a portion of that system.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Mumpower Roe; two
daughters; his parents; two sisters; and two brothers.