The March issue of The Takoma Voice ran beautiful memorial
tributes to a rooster named Roscoe, who bonded with this Maryland
suburb of Washington, DC for a decade. When Roscoe was killed by
a car on February 15th, Takoma Park held a funeral service for
him. In "Funeral for a Fowl," Mike Tidwell wrote in part, ". . .
Roscoe's crow was part of the bloodstream here. And so people
loved him very much. More than 30 folks came to his outdoor
funeral on a cold, blustery February Sunday, more people than
I've seen at some funerals for human beings. . . . With each
crow, he reconnected us, however briefly, to a world more sane
and simple. . . . He also got many of us to work on time each
morning, something several funeral attendees stepped to the
microphone and thanked him for earnestly. At the funeral, we
finally saluted Roscoe, all of us together, ages five months to
70 years, letting go with three big cock-a-doodle-doos, turning
our faces heavenward and pouring out our hearts."
Photo by Eric Bond - Takoma Voice
The Takoma Voice has proposed a memorial statue of Roscoe or
a Roscoe weathervane to remember him by. UPC has suggested an
annual vegan festival be held in his honor as well. You may send
contributions and suggestions to The Takoma Voice, PO Box 11262,
Takoma Park, MD 20913 (301-891-6744; firstname.lastname@example.org).