In Memoriam - Phil Rhoads

Phil Rhoads was a former Chair & Secretary of the PA Governor's Safety and Health Conference Committee and a member of the Advisory Committee for over 32 years. Always a contributor, Phil remained active even after retirement to ensure that we were able to put on a quality conference year after year. Sadly, Phil passed away on October 27, 2018, just before our 2018 Conference.

Phil's dedication to the mission of the Committee will be remembered through the award of a $1,000 scholarship to one of three College Safety Programs on a rotating basis. The Colleges are Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University and Slippery Rock University.

Phil promoted safety through most of his working life. In 2005, he retired from R.S. Mowery & Sons, Inc. Mechanicsburg as the company's Safety Director. He enjoyed working as a Safety Director for Mowery, and helped the company win numerous safety awards. After retirement, Phil continued to work part time as a Safety Director for Weaver Construction Co. of East Earl, Lancaster. He also worked for the PA Bureau of Mines as a Mine Inspector in Somerset County. In addition to his life in mine and construction safety, Phil was a life member of the Reliance Fire Company of West York, Lincoln Royal, and Vigilant Fire Companies of York City. In July 1956, he was one of 11 York firefighters injured in a propane fire.

Phil was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army in 1957 at Ft. Benning, GA. He was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church since 1959 and was a former President of the Church Trustees. He was a life member of the Thirteenth Ward Political Club, Vigilant Fire Company Social Club, BD Social Club, and the Viking Athletic Association. He was a member of the West York VFW, Shiloh American Legion, Rooster Social Club, and Prince Athletic Association.

Phil enjoyed hunting, bowling, softball, and golf. His greatest joy was watching his oldest great grandson get his first deer. Phil played for many years for the Zion United Methodist Church's softball, bowling & golf teams, he also played softball for the Reliance & Goodwill Fire Companies. He bowled for over 53 years in the White Rose Men's League at Lincolnway Bowling Lanes, where he was the Secretary of the League. Phil played in the Drum & Bulge Band of the Goodwill Fire Co and was a member of the Halloween Parade Committee. He loved to go deer hunting in Somerset County and watch his great grandchildren and grandchildren play in sports events. He will be sadly missed by all.

The Safety Community will miss Phil and his contributions to the Safety Profession.