Energetic, loving, generous, charismatic, deep thinker
Josh was bigger than life, with an infectious laugh and boundless energy that introduced him before he even spoke. He was an animated talker, a possibility thinker and always optimistic. He had a soft spot for the underdog and provided direction to those who needed a little encouragement.
Josh was a hard worker and after a long day and time at the gym, he enjoyed grilling and relaxing by his pool. He liked having family and friends over and spending time with his daughter Aubree. He went all out for the holidays for his daughter. His last holiday with her was Easter; they were both surprised when the Easter bunny showed up. He was looking forward to marriage, more children, additional home improvements, and taking yearly vacations. He was proud of his accomplishments.
Josh spent two years in prison due to drugs. When he got out, he was driven to be a success; he didn’t want his life to be defined by his mistakes. He was a natural leader and gifted salesman; number one at his company. He was excited and motivated when he believed in what he represented and his passion made others believe in it too.
Josh and his boss, Chris, formed a strong bond almost immediately after Josh was hired. Chris’s wife described Josh as a “brother from a different mother and color.” She said: “In our life, we cross paths with countless people, very few change our lives; Josh was one of them. He was the most hilarious guy. He was kind hearted, loving and determined to be happy; he is irreplaceable. Everyone knows how much Josh loved and appreciated Chris for helping to change his life for the better, but what was not seen was how much Chris loved Josh. His death is one of the hardest we have ever felt.”
Since he was living on his own, his family didn’t know the extent of Josh’s drug addiction. There was no lying or stealing and he worked hard and supported himself. Josh seemed to be on a successful journey but hid the fact that he relapsed, thinking he could get it under control on his own.
“He was so damn funny, “ his mom said. ‘He called me Momma Bear and enjoyed bragging about me, I miss his energy.’ “My son’s death has opened my eyes to the struggles people have and the stigma associated with addiction,” his mom said. She now volunteers at a women’s shelter offering encouragement and unconditional love to the residents.
Joshua’s mother, Denise Ellis provided the information for this narrative.
April 16, 1986 – June 26, 2016
Age 30–Lived with addiction 10 years