Obituaries

Joshua R. Giroux

October 25th, 2013

Joshua R. Giroux, age 24, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on October 24th, 2013 at the Winchester Hospital. 

Josh was born on May 14, 1989, in Lawrence, MA, he was the cherished son of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux of Wilmington.  Josh was raised in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 2007. 

Josh loved growing up in Wilmington and was part of a large and loving family and extended family.  He had lots of friends to “hang out with” and lots of teammates who he was close to.  Josh was very athletic and was involved in many sporting activities; he played Wilmington recreation basketball, Wilmington Pop Warner, and was a Junior Wrestler.  When Josh went to the high school, he played football for the Wilmington Wildcats and was on the Wildcat Wrestling Team.  

In his spare time, Josh enjoyed the outdoors, especially riding on his quad.  He also loved listening to music and relaxing with his friends.  Josh also loved to spend time with his girlfriend, Gianna, whom he just adored.

Josh can be described as a special person; he had a magnetic personality that people wanted to be around.  Josh had a fantastic sense of humor and loved to make people laugh.  He also was a great “protector,” always looking out for his siblings, Devin, Ryan and Nolan.  There wasn’t anything Josh wouldn’t do for the people he loved.  It didn’t matter what time of day it was, if you needed Josh, he was there.  Josh will be fondly remembered as sweet, kind, and considerate, he loved his family unconditionally and he will be greatly missed by all.

Josh was the cherished son of Mary A. (Winnett) Giroux and Edward T. Giroux, loving brother of Devin, Ryan and Nolan Giroux, all of Wilmington, beloved grandson of Howard T. and Jeanne M. Giroux of Wilmington and William H. and Maureen P. Winnett of Falmouth, formerly of Wilmington, dear nephew of Michele Higgs, Robin Halpin, Lisa Bozzella, John Giroux and the late Kevin Giroux, Chris Briggs, William Winnett, Jr., James Winnett, Peggy Welch, Paul Winnett, Fran Winnett and Beth Lawrenson.   Josh is also survived by his adoring girlfriend, Gianna Tenaglia, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, October 29th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, October 28th from 3-8 p.m. 

Memorial donations in Joshua’s name may be made to the Phoenix House Foundation, Attn:  Development Dept., 164 West 74th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY  10023 or to make a donation over the phone please call 646-505-2080 or fax 212-595-6365, PHDonations@phoenixhouse.org

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61 Entries in Guest Book for “Joshua R. Giroux”

  1. Sharon & James Jamerson says:

    Dear Mary and Eddie,
    Our hearts are heavy for you and your family. No parent should loose
    a child. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. And we
    will be thinking about you as you go through this journey. He was a
    cute and wonderful little boy. One day at a time is all you can do.
    Fondly, Sharon and Jim

  2. Beth and Bob Pidgeon says:

    Dear Mary and family, We were so saddened to hear the news about Josh. My heart aches for you all….. May the love and support of so many help you through this most difficult time. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love and hugs. Beth

  3. Beth and Bob Pidgeon says:

    Dear Christine, I know how special Josh was to you. I am so sorry for the pain you are going through. I hope the special memories you have help ease some of that pain. Keeping you close at heart ….. Love Beth

  4. Steve says:

    So sorry for you loss. My condolences Eddie and Mary and to your entire and extended family’s.

  5. Mary Barry Emerick says:

    Mary and Family…
    “Longing For One More Day When we lose someone we love it seems that time stands still. What moves through us is a silence… a quiet sadness… A longing for one more day… one more word… one more touch… We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. We will see you again some day, in a heavenly place where there is no parting. A place where there are no words that mean good-bye. ” Author Unknown

  6. Bob Brophy says:

    Eddie. my heart goes out to you and your family. May the love and memories you all hold guide you through this difficult time. Rest in peace Josh.

  7. Chalmers Family says:

    God Bless and God Speed Mary. We’re speechless on Josh`s loss. Love you!

  8. Charlie Protpapas says:

    I am very sad to read this obituary, Please know my family and I feel for all of you. While i never met Josh, I feel horrible about this loss! and I hope his loved ones can lean on eachother for support!

  9. Sherri & Paul Donohoe says:

    Dear Mary our thought’s and prayers are with you and your family with the passing of your son and hope that you remember all the good times and wonderful memories….

  10. Jay McHugh says:

    Our heart goes to you and your family….

    the McHugh family

  11. Judi Morris Allen says:

    Mary Just want to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayer today and the months to follow. Hold on to all the wonderful memories. God bless all of you!!

  12. Maryann Neff says:

    Mary, I’m so sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts go to you and your family.

  13. Maureen Mulrooney says:

    Dear Mary & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.May your son Josh rest in peace.

  14. Carol Steele says:

    Mary and family I am so sorry for your loss, if you need anything do not hesitate to let me know. heartbroken for you

  15. Valerie Mellen says:

    Mary and family,
    My heart aches for you and your family. I’m so sorry this has happened. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May Josh rest in peace and shine down on you and give you the strength to get through this difficult time. Love you all.

  16. Paula Hatfield says:

    Dear Mary and family,
    As a friend of Chris, I want to extend my sympathy to you both; and to all of the family. There really are no words. May God watch over you and your Josh.

  17. Nicole Roberts says:

    Mary, Eddie & Family,
    I know that words cannot begin to ease the pain your family is feeling during this tragic time. He was too young. Hold in your heart your memories. He will never leave you. You now all have a guardian angel on your shoulder. Sending much love and hugs. May he rest easy.

  18. Barbara Calder says:

    To Mary and family, So sorry, There are no words, I lost a son too, 4 years ago, but seems like yesterday, so I know your pain, we can only hope and believe they are at peace and know that they will always be missed & loved but will always with us in our thoughts.

  19. Bryan and Irene Scanlon says:

    Dear Eddie and Mary,
    We are deeply sadden by your loss, Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  20. Kitty Macri says:

    To Mary, Eddie, Devin, Ryan and Nolan,
    As we walk this world we take up physical space, when we die we leave this space but it does not close behind us, It remains open as a portal into a new presence and possibility and we keep it open with memory and begin to taste the new presence of Josh. We are all saddened by your great loss
    Trust in one another, love one another and grieve together in love.
    Aunt Kitty

  21. The Townsend Family says:

    We are heartbroken for all you,our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
    xoxoxoxoxo

  22. Lisa and Roy Proctor says:

    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your son. No parent expects to lose a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with you .
    LYM

  23. Karen DiNatale says:

    Dear Mary, words can not express the sorrow and sadness we feel for you and your family. Our deepest condolences to all of you. May Joshua rest in peace. The DiNatale’s

  24. Al and Katie Donovan says:

    Mary and family, We are so saddened to hear about the loss of your beautiful son. Please know you will all be in our thought’s and prayers. God Bless You Mary.
    oxox

  25. Carolyn Aslanis says:

    Eddie, Mary and family ~ I am so lost for words. Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Josh will always be with you. God Bless.

  26. Doreen Scolastico says:

    Eddie, Mary and family, may god give you strength through your loss of your son Josh. I cannot even imagine the pain and shock you must be feeling as Ialso have a son Joshs age. May he rest peacefully with the Angels.

  27. Mindy O'Neil says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers.

  28. Lynne Wagstaff says:

    Mary and Eddie–my prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. Josh will be in your hearts always.

  29. Amanda says:

    Ryan and family I so sorry to hear of this loss. Words cannot express what you are going through and I just want to say from the bottom oft heart that I truly sorry for your loss

  30. Jane Woods says:

    Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  31. Anne and Christine Lynch says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss.

  32. Tabitha Trigones says:

    To my dear friend Devin & her family, I knew josh for a short time working at woodbriar, he was funny,silly,goofy & knew how to make people laugh. My heart aches for the pain you & your family are going thru & will continue to feel as these next weeks,months,years go by. Keep his memory alive he will always be there. Stay strong xoxo

  33. Barbie Morse says:

    May all of you find Peace at this time of sorrow. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Mary, Stay strong. You are a Wonderful person and God will see you through this. xoxo

  34. kim Boyce says:

    So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  35. Patricia Lyon says:

    Dear Mary,
    I was devastated to hear the news of Josh’s passing. I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Patricia Lyon

  36. Sandra Longo says:

    Mary and family; I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son, Josh. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  37. Cynthia JOkkinen says:

    Having lost my only daughter 3years ago at the age of 33, I feel your pain, grief, shock, devastation and disbelieff. May your beloved Joshua’s memories help to soothe all your pain and grief. Mom of Gus 33, Fred 31 and the late Frankie May. RIP Frankie May and Joshua. Loving remembered: your families friends and all those who knew and lall those who will always love you. <3 <3

  38. Sheila McDermott says:

    Dear Mary and family, my heart breaks for all of you. It seems so wrong for such a young life to come to an end. My brother passed at about the same age, and yet he’s always been in my life spiritually. God bless you and bring you strength and may Josh’s journey from this world be blessed.
    Sheila

  39. Eddie,Lisa and Ali McAveeney says:

    Mary, we’re so sorry for your loss and hope you can find peace and strength in God’s love for you during your grief. I can’t imagine what your feeling and never want to but I know your fortunate to have a large family and numerous friends for support. My family sends our love and may God bless you and yours with His grace to endure this tragic event.

  40. Linda Novello says:

    To The Giroux Family,

    I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. I never had the opportunity to meet Joshua, but I know he comes from a wonderful family.
    Your family has always had a strong bond to help get through tragic times, like this.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    With Deepest Sympathy and Love

    Linda

  41. The Mullarkys says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  42. Dawn Nims says:

    Mary and family…

    I wad so saddened to hear of the passing of Josh. I have so many fond memoriesof Josh at the house. His smiling face and dont forget the scalley cap. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Nims Family

  43. The Bishop Family says:

    Dear Mary and family,

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Josh was such a great kid, and we remember him so well from soccer and CCD. He always had a smile oh his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Ths Bishop Family

  44. rich podlaski says:

    sorry for your loss the podlaski family

  45. Pauline&John says:

    Mary and Family,
    So sorry to hear about your son Josh we know this is a very difficult time for you and we are keeping you and your family in our prayers and thoughts.

    The Cuoco’s

  46. Debi Curtis Pike says:

    Dear Ed and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son Josh. I hope you are surrounded by many you love to help you through such a tragic loss. I will keep you all in my prayers! <3

  47. Lance and Jo Ann McNeil says:

    Dear Mary, I wish I had words that could take away some of your pain. Lance and I are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son and we’ll continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.

  48. Dawne & Michael Micalizzi says:

    Dear Eddie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Joshua. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family. May God Bless you all through this difficult time.

    The Micalizzi’s

  49. Barbara and Kevin Callahan says:

    Mary, so sorry to hear of your loss. No words can possibly console, but our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  50. Dotty Surrette says:

    I am so very sorry for all of Josh’s family. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
    Love Dotty

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