Kurt Anselmi – One of IALDA’s Founding Members

ANSELMI Kurt Anthony

of Lake  Angelus, passed away at his home on January 19, 2017 surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his loving wife, Terry Lee (Campbell); children, Terese and Tony Anselmi; his beloved mother, Marilyn Anselmi; siblings, Kim (Mark) Majoros, Holly Anselmi, Tobin (Kim) Anselmi; father in law, John Campbell, and sister in law, Kim (Matt) Decovich.  He was a loving uncle to Stephanie (Dan) Levine, Zachary Anselmi, Daniel Anselmi and Ashely (Brent) Meschke.  Kurt was preceded in death by his father, Albert H. Anselmi. Kurt’s youth was spent devoted to the sport of roller skating where he was a perfectionist in style, grace and athleticism.  Kurt won many national championships in both singles and pairs, and was a U.S. World Team member multiple times.  Roller skating at the Rolladium, his family’s business in Waterford, is where he met and fell in love with his wife Terry.  They continued their passion for the sport through coaching and eventually taking over the business.  Kurt was inducted into the Roller Skating Association (RSA) Hall of Fame in 2016. Kurt was a 1972 graduate of Waterford Township High School.  He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan (1976) and Juris Doctor degree with honors from Detroit College of Law (1981).  Kurt was licensed to practice law in  Michigan, Colorado and Ohio. Kurt co-founded Anselmi & Mierzejewski P.C. in 1988.  With his guidance as managing partner, the firm grew over the last 29 years to more than 20 lawyers and is now one of the fifty largest law firms in Michigan.  Kurt was one of the most prominent, accomplished and respected attorneys in the amusement industry.  In 1991, Kurt was one of six charter members of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA) and served the Association as president and member of the board of directors.  He was the author of the Michigan Roller Skating Safety Act of 1988, the first of its kind in the country.  Ten other states followed Kurt’s lead.  Kurt was the co-author of the Roller Skating Risk Management Guidelines which were endorsed by the RSA.  He was the co-author of dozens of articles on risk management and served on the RSA Risk Management Committee.  Kurt presented Risk Management and Litigation seminars at the RSA convention, the World Water Park show and the IAAPA Expo. Few people knew as much about the subject of risk management as Kurt. Kurt lived life to the fullest and was admired by many for his adventurous spirit.  He was a true and passionate outdoorsman.  His favorite place was the mountains of the West – hunting, skiing and riding his motorcycle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or National Museum of Roller Skating.

IALDA at WWA 2016

IALDA once again sponsored the Keynote address at WWA.