Cowboy W. T. Pooh

Cowboy W. T. Pooh (yes, W. T. stood for Winnie the), aka Joseph J. Bilansky, could have been the poster child for Cowboy Spirit.  He was always quick to lend a helping hand, a strong smile or a bit of Pooh wisdom.  He shot for the love of the game.  I remember one of my first shoots when he got that Pooh smile and gave me this bit of wisdom, “Good women are easy to find, good shootin’ irons aren’t”.    Sometimes he would dress as a railroader and become “Choo Choo Pooh”.  He lovingly called his wife “Piglet”.

He was a former regional director and agent in the Bureau of Drug Control of the State Attorney's Office; a graduate of Nativity BVM High School, and attended Penn State University; was a  Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War; and a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, Swatara Twp., the Fraternal Order of Police, Deputy Sheriffs Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marysville Sportsmen's Club, the Single Action Shooting Society, and the Perry County Regulators.

He was a light to everyone who met him and his passing left Regulator Ridge a little darker.