We’ll Miss You, Sweet Josh

At the towering height of 6’4″, he earned the nickname “Biggie J.” When Joshua Joseph Yezak stepped to your door, he blocked out the sun. But he could replace its brilliance with his smile, its warmth with his hug.

Josh was dependable and fiercely loyal, gentle and tender-hearted. He was loved by his friends, adored by his nieces and nephews, and treasured by his parents and siblings. He’ll be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.

Billy and I took Jen and Josh on a saltwater fishing trip once, when Josh had just entered his teen years. Each of us came home with our claim to fame. If I remember correctly, Jennifer caught the biggest trout, I caught the biggest red snapper, Billy caught the most, and Josh…Well, Josh had fallen asleep on the metal engine cover and spent the entire trip behind closed eyes, proving once again that he could sleep anywhere!

Josh was eight when I married his father, twenty-nine when he died. I didn’t have enough time with him. Not nearly enough.

About Linda W. Yezak

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16 Responses to We’ll Miss You, Sweet Josh

  1. I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. I wish there was a magic wand I could wave to make the pain go away, but there isn’t. You and your family are in my prayers, perpetually.


  2. Lynn Mosher says:

    Precious Linda, such a pain a mom (step-mom) and dad should never know. Time may ease the pain but it never diminishes the love. Continuing to pray for you.


  3. Peggy Clement says:

    So sorry fo your loss, Linda.


  4. Peggy Clement says:

    I meant to say “for” your loss on the comment above.


  5. Joanne Sher says:

    Praying for you, dear Linda. Hang onto Him.


  6. Lisa Grace says:

    I am sorry for your, your husband’s and family’s loss. Praying for you all to have the peace that passes all understanding.


  7. K.M. Weiland says:

    I know words of consolation are useless in the flood of grief over such a tragedy, but know that I am grieving with you and praying for you and your family.


  8. Oh Linda. I’m so sorry! Praying for you all during this time of loss. Hugs.


  9. Lynne Walding says:

    Linda, words can’t express the pain I felt for you when I read this post. As Lisa expressed, we’ll be praying for you God’s peace that surpasses our comprehension. Lean on Him.


  10. Linda says:

    Thank you all for your love and prayers. We appreciate them more than you can know. I love each of you. Thank you.


  11. Renee C. says:

    Oh dear Linda, I’m so sorry to hear this. Please know that I’m thinking of you and your family. xoxoxoxoxox



  12. Brad says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband. No parent should ever have to bury a child.


  13. My heart aches for you and Billy. Love you.


  14. Nina Hansen says:

    I’m so terribly sorry to hear this, Linda. Praying for you all.


  15. Annie says:

    My prayers and thoughts are being lifted for you and your family. I am so sorry.


  16. Laurie says:

    so very sorry to read this after JUST finding you online–I’ve TRIED to help my BFF who lost her son to suicide at age 21–it happened in front of his mom–NO ONE ever totally gets over the loss of a child–I logged on to tell you something GOOD–I ‘already’ finished your book I purchased on Saturday–you are a great writer–may your writing be a therapy to help you through this loss at this time in your life.


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