Knowing Josh

Josh, the inspiration behind the creation of The J.O.S.H. Foundation

Joshua Samuel Hughes (1982-2003)


Josh's sister, Angela, reflects...

To pick one word to describe Josh is pretty hard to do, but if I had to narrow it down to one, I would use the word, "life."

My brother was so full of life, he had this energy to him that just radiated from his smile. He believed that we were here to enjoy every minute of every day, not to be worried with the trivial things but to relax and have fun and savor every experience.

I wish everyone could live that way. Josh was a very intelligent and knowledgeable person, (according to him there was nothing he didn’t know.) When he loved you he loved you completely, he was a loyal and honest friend. Even if it might cause you pain or get him in trouble, he would be brutally honest with you.

He brought such joy to my life, he was my baby brother and I would give my life to have him back. He had a smile for everyone, a contagious chuckle that could bring you out of the worst mood and a passion for life that most of us never feel. In the short time he was with us, he was able to accomplish and enjoy things in life that some of us never take the time to do.

Josh, I will never accept that you are gone. I miss you every day I exist, there is a huge void in the world without you here. I miss having my baby brother give me advice and help me see that we should live each day to the fullest. I hope you are at peace and know that you were loved immeasurably and missed by all.

From the Book "Crosses Across Our Nation"

Joshua Samuel Hughes, “Josh”, was born on Friday, April 30, 1982. My only son lost his life tragically and suddenly at 21 years old on Friday, November 7, 2003 in an auto accident. He was killed on impact when he hit this utility pole.

A single word could never describe Josh, he represented so many different things to those who loved him. He was obstinate yet reasonable, brutally honest, and very loyal. Josh had an unforgettable laugh and an irreplaceable smile that radiated all the way to his beautiful brown eyes. These individual characteristics put together made up one of the most truly wonderful, unique people we were all blessed to know and love.

Josh had a great love of life and all that if offered him. He lived every day to the fullest and wasn’t going to be held back from enjoying each one as if it were his last. He savored each new day and experience. Josh radiated this incredible energy that seemed as though he was always having a good time no matter what. He wasn’t satisfied with the mundane life we all so easily accepted as the “norm”. Josh wanted something more; he wanted his life to mean something, and given the opportunity he would have made his life something extraordinary. His dreams were limitless and his drive to achieve them even greater. He was constantly thinking and planning, never accepting “no” as an answer.

His outgoing, fun-loving, and beautiful soul will live on forever in the memories of those who loved him. Those whose paths never crossed with his truly missed out on the pleasure of his one-of-a kind personality and his unconditional love for those around him.

Josh will be forever remembered and missed with great sorrow and shattered dreams. His family has established the J.O.S.H. Foundation in his honor and memory. Joining Other Seeking Healing is a small tribute to help those walking the path of losing a loved one.