Ronald S. "Rosco" Cole
1947 - 2016
PMHCA Fondly Remembers Rosco Cole
Rosco was a life-time member of PMHCA and was serving on the Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee at the time of his death. Rosco was a veteran of the Armed Services.
Rosco was committed to recovery, advocacy and the positive recognition of people with lived experience. His commitment to these and to helping others was demonstrated through PMHCA activities and participation in the local and regional Community Support Programs and the Wellspring Clubhouse where he was an active member. He brought his sense of humor to meetings and shared his writing with us. He will be missed by staff, the Board and all who knew him.
Rosco wrote the following essay which was printed in our 2014 VISION newsletter.
I am not my Diagnosis
My name is Rosco, and although I live with mental and physical challenges, I have chosen to rise above my conditions. I choose who I want to be. Here are some things I do. Maybe they can help you also.
Don't have a pity party (Oh! Poor me): I don't talk much about my difficulties.
Turn the frown upside down, and let it go around: I try to look at myself as a positive person.
Don't put yourself down (BE Happy again!): I know if I talk negatively about myself, I'll start to believe what I think.
Be who you are: Understand, accept and believe in yourself. It doesn't matter what others think.
Don't put restrictions on yourself: Stand outside of the box.
Educate others: Participate in the conversation, and share information about mental illness.
Through my example, people will learn that I am just another person in their universe. I won't let my disabilities get in the way of our friendship. I am a good, kind and understanding person. I am a helpful person - it makes my day to make your day. Finally, it's nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.
The following is Rosco's obituary from the Jeffrey A. Naugle Funeral and Cremation Service website.
Ronald S. Cole, 68, of Telford, PA, died Wednesday January 6th at Grand View Hospital. Born in Melbourne, FL, he was a son of the late Clifford Cole and Elizabeth (Diehl) Husvar. Better known as Rosco the Peace Man, he was a self-proclaimed hippie whose greatest passion was music. He was a mechanic and a woodworker. He was a poet who loved to share his knowledge and to make people happy.
Rosco was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Souderton. He is survived by his sister, Linda Husvar, husband Emery IV; brother Joseph Womelsdorf, wife Lisa; stepfather Emery Husvar; step-brother Shawn Husvar, wife Anita; step-sister Nancy Sullivan; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rosco's name to the Penn Foundation, PO Box 32, Sellersville, PA 18960, or to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 69 W. Broad St., Souderton, PA 18964.