Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA


Joshua Nathaniel Briggs Wordell

January 15, 1977July 27, 2020

Joshua Nathaniel Briggs Wordell passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 27, at his home in Chatham. Josh was born on January 15, 1977. He was 43 years old. He was the beloved son of Nathaniel and Joy Wordell. He leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends whom he adored! He felt especially close to his Uncle Jon Wordell, who predeceased him in 2019, his Aunt Toni Wordell of South Chatham, his Uncle Jeff and Aunt Tracy Hackling of Milton, Ga. and his Aunt Pauline Gatzounas of Chicopee. He also had a very special bond and fondness for the cousins he grew up with in South Chatham: Leslie Wordell McGuire of East Falmouth, Mark Wordell of Franklin, N.C., Jonathan Wordell, who predeceased him in 2015, Laurie Wordell Wadsworth of Falls Village, Conn., Derek Wordell of South Chatham and Kimberly Wordell Robbins of South Chatham. He attended Trinity Christian Academy in Barnstable, the Chatham school system, The Greenwood School in Putney, Vt., The Winchendon School in Winchendon and graduated from Provincetown High School in 1996. Josh attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I., majoring in the field of Culinary Arts. Josh enjoyed working in the hospitality industry. Over the years, he worked at the Sea in the Rough, Cape Fish and Lobster, Stop and Shop, Mid Cape Home Center, Marley’s Restaurant and Chatharbor Gifts and Pottery. He, also, thoroughly loved cooking, gardening and landscaping! He was very proud of his English and Scottish heritage. He was a descendant of George Soule, who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Josh had the great opportunity to travel to England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales with his Grandma Wordell. They bought the Hume Tartan together in Edinburgh and had the material made into a beautiful kilt for both Josh and his Dad. They both proudly wore their kilts to the Scottish Highland Games in New Hampshire. Josh also wore his kilt at Scottish dancing competitions in his youth. Music was always a big part of his life! He loved singing and playing his beloved violin and lately, the harmonica. He liked many different genres of music which could range from classical to rock. His favorite artists were the Grateful Dead and Johnny Cash. Josh was a sentimental soul and cherished many items he collected throughout his life… new and old tools, rocks, crystals, old bottles and other numerous and unique antiques. He also had a great love for animals. He was always bringing home a stray or injured animal… even opossums. He was caught bathing a baby opossum in his bathtub when he was 10 years old! He thought it just needed some tender loving care! He would cry and worry about them if he couldn’t protect them and help them recover from their injuries. He had a very special bond with his rat, Nicodemus, and his two precious cats named Victor and Max, who both lived to be 20 years old. He was an avid reader and enjoyed learning and discussing new concepts and ideas. He was a faithful follower of PBS and the History Channel, and a favorite radio station called “Coast to Coast.” We will all miss him dearly, particularly his parents, who LOVED him with ALL their being and were with him every step of the way in his life!!! Josh’s struggles in life were long and deep with bipolar depression, anxiety and migraines. We pray that he has finally found the PERFECT PEACE in the arms of his LORD JESUS!!! REST IN PEACE OUR BEAUTIFUL BOY!!! If your heart so leads, please donate, in Josh’s memory, to the AWESOME people at the Chatham Police Association, 249 George Ryder Road Chatham, MA 02633 or Chatham Fire & Rescue Association, P.O. BOX 751 Chatham, MA 02633. They have been so SUPPORTIVE of Josh over the years and we as a family, have truly appreciated what they have done and continue to do for OUR community!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL for being there for us!!! Josh’s burial will be private. A celebration of his life will be at a later date.


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Joshua Nathaniel Briggs Wordell

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Laurie Wadsworth

August 9, 2020

Life is full of unexected twists and turns. Even those that do "everything right", anticipate, plan, and encourage and love one another as best they can may be caught in a bind and struggle. I think Josh got the important things right (in no particular order): cherish and respect the earth, fellow humans, animals, music, and art. Love my younger cuz and his parents to the moon and back!

Andrea Scheidler

August 8, 2020

Josh was a creative and whimsical member of our student body at Greenwood as well as the child of wonderful friends. I will always picture Josh in his flowing white poet shirt, playing his violin on the little porch of the dining hall and looking so much the artist. He delighted me with his whimsy and questing mind.
I will hold the picture of Josh as a sincere young boy so full of questions, good intentions and care. Words can not convey enough. Both his parents carried the music from the start.
May there be peace, thanks and a high place for you, Joshua.
Love and blessings to your family at this sad time.

Jackie Sterling

August 6, 2020

Dear Joy and Nat, I remember the summers we shared at your home. Especially the one where Josh tried to “drive “ Nat’s truck. Also when Steve and Josh were out on the ocean or when Nat did the lump of coal at Christmas. Sweet memories.
You both are in my prayers and love you both.

Jillian Arena

August 6, 2020

Words cannot describe how saddened I am to hear this news. Josh was such a colorful and vibrant character and a key player in many of my fondest memories growing up in Chatham. He brought a bright light wherever he went and was always down for a deep discussion on life (something I always appreciated). I hope he finds peace and reprieve and that his family does, as well.

Shannon Neal

August 5, 2020

Thank you for bringing this soul into the world. He impacted my life through the years in many ways. We connected in youth, then didn't see each other for a while. He came back into my life and we became very close. I will never forget his stories, his compassion, his love of music and nature. Every interaction was an adventure with Josh. My heart goes out to you, Nat and Joy. His time on this earth was precious, because he lived without judgement for others and always embraced people for who they are. Much love to you ❤

Shane Keith

August 4, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Wordell,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have always been so kind to all of us. I have many fond memories of you all. I am very sad for such an incredibly great loss. I will never forget your son, he was my friend. His warmth and zeal has always stayed with me over the years. He had a way that made time with him special and from the heart. His passion is inspiring. I am grateful to have had known him. He is loved and will be missed by so many of us. If there is anything I can do please ask. I would love to help anytime, in any way possible.
Shane Keith

Shannon Davis

August 3, 2020

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Wordell,
I was deeply saddened by the news of Josh's passing. Josh was a special person with whom I felt a rare kinship. His spirit was loving and kind, sensitive and genuine. My heart goes out to you, and to all those who loved him unconditionally. You are, and will continue to be, in my thoughts.

Laura (Randall) Edwards

August 2, 2020

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Wordell,

I am so sorry for your loss. Joshua was a sweet & friendly little boy. May our God give you peace, love and comfort through this time.

Eleanor Luna

July 31, 2020

My heart is saddened to hear the news of Josh's passing. Although we had not been in touch for many years, we recently reconnected during a sorrowful time in my own life. He was kind, supportive, and a gentleman and I was grateful to have his friendship. Josh is an important part of my history and he will forever be remembered as someone who had a very unique soul. May the light of his bright spirit continue to shine in the heavens, and may he rest in merciful peace knowing that he was loved. Let the music play on.

Melissa Abbey

July 31, 2020

One day we were walking to the beach and about 100 hermit crabs crawled over my feet, so I had a panic attack frozen where I was, Josh saw how scared I was so he held my hand and walked & talked me through it. On the way back we walked an extra mile around the area,I will never forget that day. He had such a kind heart, I loved him so much, I will never forget all the memories we made on Cockle Cove rd, goodbye Joshy


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