OBITUARY

Joshua Terence "J.T." Rousseau

July 19, 1991January 1, 2019
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As a result of a tragic accident, we are deeply heartbroken to announce Josh's passing on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the young age of 27. Beloved and cherished son of Terence "Terry" and Patricia Rousseau. Best friend and loving brother of Tricia and Aaron Jacob. Josh is survived by the light of his life, his god-daughter Alexa Rose Jacob. Loving grandson of Patricia "Mimi" Desjardins, the late Bernard "Pipi" Desjardins, the late Gabrielle Rousseau, and the late Lionel Rousseau. Josh will be terribly missed by his second family; Paul, Charlotte, Tiffany (Greg), and P.J. Desjardins. Josh leaves behind a large and loving family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He will also be missed by his feline "boys"; Che and Kismit as well as his canine buddy Zoey. Josh has been reunited with his unborn son and his uncle, Kit Rousseau, who have gone on before him.

Josh had an eclectic grouping of hobbies and interests including, but not limited to, working on cars (especially with his dad Terry), art, tattoos, Native heritage, interesting hair do's, music, Star Wars, and history; and dreamt of one day becoming a blacksmith. Josh left a smile on the face of everyone he met. He marched to the beat of his own drum. But most importantly, he lived his best life, on his own terms.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 895 Ouelette Ave. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 12 noon. Cremation will follow. In memory of Josh, it would have meant so much to him and would mean so much to his family if in his honour you do something nice for another person, in whatever capacity is within your means. You don't need to have a lot to be a good person, do a good deed or make someone's day. This will be the legacy Josh leaves behind.

Services

  • Afternoon Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Evening Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joshua Terence "J.T." Rousseau

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Tim Parent

January 10, 2019

Terry, Patricia & family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My daughter just brought the obit to my attention. I'm praying for you for peace through this time of mourning. Tim Parent

Ken & Bernice St.Denis

January 9, 2019

Terry and Pam and all your family,

We are so very, very saddened at the loss of your beloved son Joshua. We didn't know Josh personally but he surely was a wonderful person with a kind and loving heart. Terry you were our mechanic many years ago and you were always so fair and trustworthy and for sure your family was always the priority and love of your life. We too lost a 15 yr. old son Stephen many years ago and we are heartbroken for all of you. We will remember your family in caring thoughts and prayers. It is only now we saw the obituary and sorry we didn't get to the funeral home.

AGAIN SO SORRY for the loss of your beloved son Josh!!

Ken & Bernice St. Denis

Catherine Beausoleil

January 8, 2019

Dear Family,
On behalf of the F.J. Brennan Catholic High School Community, I extend our deepest sympathy as you mourn the death of your beloved son, brother, uncle, friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Catherine Beausoleil
Campus Minister

Rick Dupuis

January 7, 2019

I never had the opportunity to meet Joshua. I have a son named Joshua who is 2 ys older then your son. I work with Terry, myself along with so many are speechless and empty over the tragic and sudden loss of your son. I looked at many of the pictures, they are beautiful. I lost my brother tragically/suddenly when I was 14 yrs old, my brother was 16 yrs old when he passed away so I have been thru the pain, anger, confusion and sadness that you are experiencing. He was my only brother, i do have one sister. I noticed your boy had some furry friends, we had a dog when my brother passed away, he was my brothers best friend, her name was lady a beautiful black lab. Judging by all these beautiful pictures it appears you spent many special moments together, that's heart warming & rewarding. Terry I dont know your family but I know you, you are so well respected and I'm sure your son had many of your great qualities. The memories of all the wonderful times you shared with your son will guide you through this extremely difficult time. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Warmest regards,

Rick Dupuis

Kim Perry

January 7, 2019

Terry, Patricia and Trisha,
David and I are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. We have thought of you often over the last few days. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David and Kim Perry (Donna's sister)

Pamela Auffret

January 6, 2019

Dearest Michelle, Doug and family
No words can express how sorry I am for your loss
Please know that you and family are in my thoughts and prayers
Love you
Pamela

Maggie Lanoue

January 6, 2019

Pat, Terry, Trish and family,

Anything I say could not possibly convey the depth of sadness and heartache I feel for you. Hannah, Paul and I were lucky to have known Josh especially during the SMG years when the kids were so much closer. It's a tribute to you, Pat and Terry, that Josh grew to be the amazing young man he was. Our condolences to you all.

Maggie

Dennis Linton

January 5, 2019

Terry & Pat (Trish) it only seems like yesterday the kids were having sleep overs and playing in the yard. We have very fond memories of Josh and his friendship with the boys and friends. We are devastated and saddened. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow God bless.

Dennis and the Boys

Doug & Rae Cooper

January 5, 2019

We have never met this young man - but we are members of his extended family . We wish to offer our most sincere condolences especially to his Dad, Terry - his Mom Pat - his Sister Tricia. A sudden loss such as his, leaves all who knew and love him so bereft with grief there are words to express it. Reading all the beautiful words of tribute written about Joshua, and as we, his cousins can only speak of Terry's siblings, one must believe he had within him, the same joy of life, shared by all of them as well as many gifts inherited from his other family.

May this loving & united family be the strength, courage & comfort to Joshua's family & friends , especially his parents & his Sister during these very difficult days and also, to each other. May they continue to turn to one another for solace & courage to face what lies ahead. Most of all, may you feel the presence of Josh's Spirit, whenever you speak his name out loud & tell him how much you love him.

Rae & Doug Cooper
1st cousin to Terry

Bill Cox

January 5, 2019

To Terry, Pat, and the Rousseau Family,

I only knew Josh for a little over a year, but the impact he made is going to last a lifetime, his caring nature, his ability to think outside the box, his creativity, and his ability to always see life in a positive light, no matter how bleek the outlook of a situation was will always stick with me, I can't thank you enough for opening your home, and garage to foster and nurture our friendship and our common interests, a hole exists in my life now, filled only with love, laughs, and lesson I never want to forget, and never will, he always lived life to the fullest and I intend to do the same if only to honour his memory. May he forever live our hearts.

Biography

What can you say to a father or mother who has lost a child?

I was told that if you lose your parents, you are an orphan and if you lose your spouse you are a widow, but there is no name for us. We are the broken I guess. When Joshua was diagnosed with diabetes he made his native name “Broken One”. Now Patricia and I are.

My son was and will always be Joshua Terence Rousseau. He was proud of who he was. I was proud of him. He never, ever once in his entire life let me down or hurt me in any way.

I place no credence on scholastic achievement, or who has the better job; these are immaterial to what is really important in life and that is Honesty, Integrity and a true commitment to your fellow man. This is where Joshua thrived; when you met him, he liked you and you liked him. He judged no man or woman. He loved and enjoyed all the different jobs he had and he loved and cherished his friends. He told me so many stories about all his friends, not gossip not malice but heartfelt stories. And any time they were hurting so was he for them. He would give his last few dollars to buy a coffee for a friend who needed to talk and listen as long as needed. He was wise beyond his years.

I know that he honored and loved his mother as no other person in life has. His “Pat” was his world, he knew she would do anything for him as he would for her. I never once felt he abused this love from her although I did admonish him occasionally that he could indeed do his own dishes or laundry.

But he never ever once forgot to tell her that he loved her and give her a hug. He would always support her when she was down and tell me to be nicer to mom.

I love my son and will never stop. My life is his life, my friends are his friends as his friends are my children.

I see no future ahead of me that has light in it. I see my Father, my Brother and my Son and I want to be there with them.

But that is not how life works, nor what Josh would want for me. My task is to remain with this gigantic hole in my heart and to be a father to his beloved sister, Tricia, his devoted brother in law Aaron, a papa to his precious niece, Alexa Rose and a supporting and loving husband to his dear mother whose grief knows no bounds.

I expect to turn around and see his smiling face and when some stupid jerk off part will not go on and I’m cursing up a storm, see his huge grin and hear him say “Dad you’re hilarious”

Joshua was a dreamer, but in a very good sense, he longed for simpler time. He loved his cell phone and the internet but I think he would have enjoyed the telegraph as much.

He loved to create things from nothing out of just discarded parts. He made jewelry from old brass and broken glass. He was the type to use an exhaust pipe as a digeradoo before handing it over to a frustrated father. He loved to take anything and imagine, then attempt to make it work better, even though I thought it worked just fine as it was.

He always wanted to be a blacksmith to work with metal, to forge and hammer a solid piece of metal to conform to the shape in his head. He would learn new Townes Van Zandt songs for me. He would find new artists and songs he would know I liked and give them to me. He was determined to replace the guitar I had sold when Pat and I were first married and convinced Tricia to join his endeavor and did it. Thank you Josh and Tricia.

Everyone will remember my Joshua’s smile, his laugh, his wild sense of adventure and enjoyment of life. J.T. succeeded in life beyond all our imaginations.

He learned everything he wanted and needed to know and continued to grow and learn everyday.

Patricia and I supported him in everything he did and wanted to do, even the smoke meat faze.

Our need is more Joshua’s in this world. I need just one!! I had him and I lost him. But Patricia and I loved him as hard as any parent can. You cannot imagine the pain.

Hug your child and tell them you love them everyday. Support whatever they are passionate about regardless of your bias.

Do it for Josh!! And most important enjoy every sandwich, my Joshua did.

Where are you….this winter night I cannot sleep, there is no light. I feel so empty, so all alone. A darkened future chills my bones.

Where are you this winter day…Why is heaven so far away. I talk and talk. I hope you hear. Your blessed memory I hold so dear.

So many memories in my mind come, that beautiful smile, our cherished son

Always caring, never standing still…I always loved you…I always will