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Josh has Passed Away

PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:23 am
by josiah
All,

Unfortunately since I last posted about our personal lives, my dad’s health deteriorated quickly. My mom checked him into respite (sp?) hospice a week early and we all headed down the following day, his mother included. We had the opportunity to spend most of our waking hours with him, whether he was aware of it toward the end.
I don’t know if he ever mentioned this here, but he is an excellent musician, with guitar having been his primary instrument, and the last day he was alive I played some of his own songs for him, and he definitely turned his head and had one eye fully open at me rather than half open.
Fellow musicians, support group sponsees, church members, family friends recent and far, current and former coworkers all visited and highlighted to us what a positive impact he’s had on the world. I wondered if he remembered that he directly and positively impacted hundreds of thousands of people, not just the dozens who were able to visit when they heard in time where he was staying, outward family communications were never our strong suit.
My dad passed away Monday morning when any diurnal person would be sleeping. My mom never spent a night away from the hospice room, so she let us know. We were able to say even more goodbyes and comfort eachother. It was comforting to know that his final hours were not really like anybody else’s, so the pamphlets the hospice doctor handed us could reassure us that they may not be suffering as much as we think they are. I know it helped me.

I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to grieve and accept while he was still around, so I could simply enjoy my time with him, but I don’t think I know how much I miss him yet. He was sweet as ever, and the last thing he said was to my mom, “I love you”

We are having a memorial service of course. If you are in the Houston, TX area next week, please send me a PM. I would be happy to share and am sure he would too.

Thank you,
Josiah

Re: Josh has Passed Away

PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:47 pm
by elseesea
Hi Josiah,

I'm sure I speak for forum members & users of the service that we really appreciate your effort in updating online forum in your family's sad hour. Peace to you and yours.

-E

Re: Josh has Passed Away

PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:28 am
by jimbojeans
Thank you for sharing, Josiah. Your father set up a great service that made many people's lives easier. Best to you and your family.

Re: Josh has Passed Away

PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:30 am
by anon090526
May you, and all his family and friends find peace. Thank you for updating us.

Re: Josh has Passed Away

PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:50 pm
by kylling
Dear Josiah,

I would like to express my condolences on the loss of your father.
He influenced the way many people use e-mail and the internet. I will alwas be grateful to him.

Thank you for sharing a little about his last days. It is comforting to know that he had his loved ones and dear people around him.

Again, I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
May your father's soul rest in peace.

Re: Josh has Passed Away

PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:34 pm
by mUbscom
Hi Josiah.

I would like to express my sincere condolences to you and your family and wish you much strength in these difficult times. Your father was one of the few people in this world who selflessly and with great commitment achieved something great for the benefit of many people. You can be incredibly proud to have had such a father.

In thoughts I am with you.

Many thanks to you for continuing this wonderful legacy.

I will gladly make my contribution.

Many greetings from Germany.
Michael

Re: Josh has Passed Away

PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:45 pm
by SG-Fan
My condolences! :cry: