Rest in peace, Josh
JOSHUA Adam Ross, at 25-years-old, tragically lost his life in the Grantham flood disaster on January 11.
His aunt Elizabeth “Bess” Fraser spoke fondly of him.
Born in Newcastle, Josh attended Irrawang High School where he excelled and became Vice-Captain in his senior year.
He was loved and adored by his teachers well after he left school.
Josh was then accepted into Armidale University for teaching and deferred for 12 months to help his mum settle in Grantham.
His ultimate aim was to teach and work with Aboriginal children in the outback.
He volunteered at a child care centre in the Lockyer Valley and within three months he had been offered paid work and a traineeship.
All the kids and parents loved their teacher Josh, who was often seen as a father figure by many and was breaking ground as a male early childhood teacher.
On weekends, he would take people down to theme parks on the Gold Coast, even if they were a few years younger than him. He could befriend anyone.
He had a heart of gold and everyone who met him never forgot him – he touched so many lives.