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February 7, 2013
Patrick J. Palmer, 58, of Royersford, husband of Joanne Cunfer Palmer, passed away suddenly Thursday at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.
Born in Pottsville, he was a son of the late Margaret "Peggy" Palmer Hoinski and was the eldest of his brothers, Edmond, Michael and Bill.
Raised in Shenandoah, he was president of his senior class at Shenandoah Valley High School and graduated in 1972. While in high school, he was a dedicated member of the football, basketball and track teams. He held a school record in shot put and scored the winning touchdown in the last game of his high school career.
In 1985, his life changed tremendously when he received God's grace with a spiritual awakening. From that time forward, he dedicated his life to helping others and gave generously of his time, talents and treasures for the rest of his life.
Education was very important to him and he graduated from Alvernia University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in addictions study and from Chestnut Hill College in 1993 with his master's degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in addictions.
He was an enthused learner, constantly thirsting after knowledge and teaching himself new skills and hobbies. He also loved sharing his knowledge. He taught undergraduate classes as an adjunct professor in the addictions study and helped develop the master's program in addictions study at Alvernia University.
Professionally, he held many jobs and titles within the human service field. He worked as a program manager in a group home for people with developmental disabilities at River Crest Center. He worked at Rehab After Work and at a variety of agencies as a therapist. In 1993, he branched out and opened the Recovery Network in Pottstown and Phoenixville, a private therapy practice.
For several years, he proudly served as the president of the Pennsylvania Board of Certification.
In 1994, he became a crucial part of the development of a new outpatient behavioral health care agency in Philadelphia called the Wedge Medical Center. He quickly became the CEO and dedicated himself to the WMC and Wedge Recovery Centers in that capacity for the past 18 years, providing the leadership and recovery philosophy with inspired vision. "The Wedge" is currently the largest private for profit behavioral outpatient agency in Philadelphia and employs more than 200 people.
Pat loved life, a good laugh and telling the stories of growing up "in the coal region," always surrounded by family and friends. He was a fan of Notre Dame football, the Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was intrigued by films in a variety of genres and from different eras, often recommending movies to those he met.
He loved the music of John Prine, the Grateful Dead and many other classic rock bands from the 70s. He treasured the time he spent with family and friends at ABOWD (absolutely beyond our wildest dreams), a special place of peace and serenity; a place to honor God for all of His blessings. Towards\ the end of his life, he became an avid firearms and weapons enthusiast and believed passionately in the existence of both Bigfoot and aliens.
He was preceded in death by his beloved brother, William "Bill" Rozew.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 24 years, Joanne, are his three children, Keith Patrick, Kelly and Allison and her boyfriend, Philip Yost; two brothers, Edmond Rozew, Shenandoah, and Michael Rozew, Texas.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cattermole-Klotzbach Funeral Home, 600 Washington St., Royersford. Guests will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Patrick's name to the Salvation Army, Pottstown. Condolences may be offered online at www.RoyersfordFuneralHome.com.
Published in Republican & Herald on Feb. 13, 2013