Editor’s note: Very nice article by Evan Brandt on Ron Downie’s public service to Pottstown.
POTTSTOWN — When Ron Downie first came to the Pottstown area as an infant, his family for a time got water from a hand-pumped well and used an outhouse at a home outside Harmonyville.
Now, he composes poetry on a hand-held electronic device thinner than most books of poetry and shares his words with the mere touch of a button.
All of which is to say he has seen times change. And he has changed with them.
One of four children of Scottish immigrants, Downie has alternately been a landscaper, a Firestone plant worker, a bartender, a ski-slope operator, a school board member, the president of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area and the AMBUCS and the Building and Industries Exchange.