Joshua Barclay Hunter

March 22, 1991April 15, 2014

There are no words to describe the absolute devastation and heartbreak we feel over the tragic and senseless loss of our beloved Josh. Josh approached life with joy, gratitude and a positive outlook and anyone who met him was touched by his smile. We will forever miss that smile.

Josh is much loved by his parents, Barclay and Kelly; sister, Michaela; his Nano, Fran Fraser as well as a large, extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins and his brothers-in-music, Barry Mason and Kyle Tenove. Josh attended Red Deer Lake School from grade 1 to 9 and Bishop Carroll High School in Calgary. He had just completed his second year at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business where he was planning to major in accounting. His true passion was music and he was looking forward to many more days and nights of jamming and performing with his band Zachariah and the Prophets. The outpouring of support from family and friends and the many condolences coming in from the Priddis and Calgary communities has been, and is, the only thing sustaining us as we try to make sense of life without Josh. Our deepest sympathies go out to Zack Rathwell’s family as well as to the other families who lost their most cherished loved ones.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at a visitation held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. A Celebration of Josh’s Life will be held at Christ Church, 3602 8 Street S.W., Calgary on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a gathering at the Priddis Community Hall in Priddis, AB. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website

FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATIORIUM Telephone: 403-297-0888 Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial


  • Visitation Saturday, April 19, 2014
  • Celebration of Josh's Life Monday, April 21, 2014

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Kelly Barron

July 19, 2014

Kelly and family, my deepest heartfelt thoughts continue to go out to you. We drove bus together for RDL that one year you spared and I continue to drive for RDL. I knew Josh through the school and my daughter Carly (a year younger)and Brandon Kehler during the RDL years. Carly and Josh continued to be friends in recent years while they were both in university. She attended his band's performances in the city and they all partied at the Priddis bar whenever the Priddis gang made a facebook shout out. He was truly one in a million and you didn't even have to know him well to know that! I wish you strength each and every day from the bottom of my heart.

Judy and Paul Turbach and Family

June 14, 2014

Our thoughts are with you. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow, you are in our prayers.


May 22, 2014

Our deepest sympathies for you Kelly, Barclay, and your family. From what we have read about Josh, he was as kind and friendly as the two of you. Holding you in our thoughts, Joyce and Jon Clark

The Sharpe Family

May 8, 2014

To the Hunter Family,

I would like to extend my condolences for the loss of Josh. The number of lives that Josh influenced and touched was incredible and his smile was so warm, inviting and contagious. I am sorry for this loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

John Vi Stuart JJ Ciara and Priya

May 3, 2014

Hi Kelly, Barclay and Mikaela,
We are so sorry and deeply saddened for the loss of your beautiful and precious Josh. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May your wonderful memories of Josh help you through this difficult time and the days ahead and may the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Our deepest sympathy.
Shelley, Dave, Janelle and Sadie Ozimko

John Gamble

May 1, 2014

I am so very,very sorry for your loss. May God keep you and your family close to his peace.

Jim and Sandy Williams

April 25, 2014

Those of us who have children can not help but share your pain. Know that Josh lives on in our hearts as well, as do all those who suffered this tragedy. Our sincere condolences.

Jim Flanagan

April 24, 2014

I do not know you and I live far away in New York State. I know of this terrible and tragic story and of the loss of your son, Joshua. It deeply touches me. Long ago I lost a loved one to a homicide committed in the same manner. It has taken the rest of my life to regain my footing, to be able to forgive. I send you my prayers and most sincere wishes that you will find some healing and peace. May your warm memories of Joshua help you to again find your paths in life. My prayers are most sincere and are sent to you at this most difficult time. Perhaps knowing your son's life touches me 2,000 miles away will help you to realize his story will not be forgotten. My best thoughts and prayers are sent to you.

Carly Barron

April 23, 2014

Though I went to Red Deer Lake School with Josh for 8 years, I don't think I ever had the nerve to talk to him, because he was a grade above me and well because he was Josh Hunter, the boy every girl at that school had a crush on at one point or another. It wasn't until my second year of University, when I came home to Priddis and attended one of the Christmas Eve skating/fires, that I suddenly connected with him. I remember the day he randomly messaged me on Facebook and I was so surprised that he would talk to me, I was even more surprised when he asked me to hang out. And that's how the next 4 months of our friendship started. My best friend Ashley and I began going to watch ZATP play on a regular basis, that's how I met Zack too. We would dance and have so much fun with those guys. Nights spent at broken city, karaoke at the Priddis Pub and playing card games back at our MRU residences. I didn't like Calgary and it was a time in my life that I was feeling a little lost, Josh, though I'm sure he had no idea, made me smile a little more often than I would have if we hadn't become friends. Eventually I moved to Vernon, and we talked a couple times via Facebook, he'd ask me how I was etc. But unfortunately we never reconnected again, and I hadn't spoken to him in 2 years, I feel very sad about that. I am so sorry for your loss. He was an exceptional young man and those dimples could make anyone smile and forget their bad days. I cried for days after hearing the news and still can't comprehend it all. It's especially hard not being home in Priddis. I wish that I could have attended his celebration of life along with everyone else who misses him, from what I can tell from the pictures,he was well celebrated and I'm sure he was smiling down with those dimples saying something like "rock on guys". Though my time spent with Josh was brief, he had an impact on a period of time in my life and I will never forget it. I wanted you to know how sorry I am and that I am sending all my love and support. He will always be missed. Love, Carly.

Patricia Hamid

April 23, 2014

To the Hunter family,
All of us at Red Deer Lake share your sorrow of this unspeakable loss. Both of your children are wonderful people. We remember Josh's kindness to everyone and the light of his smile. Please let us know if we can support you in any way. Our love and prayers are with you.