Joshua Lee Rosbach

January 19, 1977July 22, 2019
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Joshua Lee “ Josh” Rosbach, age 42 of Fort Lauderdale, passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday, July 22, 2019. At the time of his passing he was in the hearts and minds of those he loved the most. A gentle and kind soul, Josh was loved by everyone he came into contact with and never met a stranger. His smile, and although quiet personality were traits that people admired. But the simple things in life were exciting too, especially when he worked hard to buy his first home where he enjoyed spending quality time with his “Fur ever buddy and protector” Champ. Josh followed his father’s love for the ocean, whether it was sail boating or First Mate aboard a Yacht. As a son, he was everything to his father and mother. He was a good brother and he loved the precious times they spent together. Josh is survived by his parents, Harold Lee and Mary Anne Rosbach; his sister, Sherri Ryan; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Glen and Sherry Ryan, Sean Rosbach and Eric and Sarah Rosbach; his nieces and nephews, Weston Rosbach, Breanna Ryan, Taylor Ryan, Riley McKeough, Cody McKeough, Anne Marie Rosbach, Madelyn Rosbach and Casey Rosbach; numerous aunts uncles and cousins. Many dear and cherished friends. Josh was predeceased by his grandparents.

Since Josh loved animals, the family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations in Josh's memory be made to the Humane Society of Broward County. (

Josh’s family honored and commemorated his life, on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Kraeer – Fairchild Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 4061 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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    Saturday, July 27, 2019


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Linda Slater

July 22, 2021

The sweetest guy with the most beautiful smile. So thoughtful and kind. Love you josh

Tony Price

December 14, 2020

Dear Captain and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost a child to drug addiction. My Only Child, Peter Miller Lowenstein was 28 when he died on September 24, 2020 along with his girlfriend, both from a near instantaneously fatal overdose of Fentanyl.

My Son had spent over a decade battling the most horrifying pain I can ever imagine. I could have never imagined the depth of grief that would overcome me. It was like being in a rollover car accident every 5 minutes-the pain was so deep. It still continues and the hollowness left behind is unfillable at this time.

I send out my condolences to you good Sir. For me, finding all that was good about my Son and the blessing of his Life for 28 years helps me a great deal to manage the loss. But I would be a fool to say I manage it well. I hope in your time you come to find a balance and carry your Son and his memory into everything you do.

With Love, Peace and Care


Jim & Johnson

May 2, 2020

Cpt Lee,
Love your work, your book was awesome, have shared it w friends. So sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss!!
My sincerest condolences,
Dr Jim Johnson, Seminole FL., (ex Michigander from Durand)

Lisa Clark

November 10, 2019

My condolences for your Family . I did not know your son Joshua but I feel as though I did through you sharing him with us. My heart is heavy as I read others kind words and I know they mean well when they say he's in a better place ... NO !! There is no better place than with his family .. At this young age. I have spent the last two weeks trying to make sense of addiction .. Trying to see if I can find any hope .. Anything to make me understand . I just got home from burying my niece . A beautiful 27 year old hard working .. Recovering addict. Clean for 4 years ..attended NA meetings every single day including Last Thursday .. Came home from the meeting and quickly left this world .. I know she didn't mean to die.. I never understood those words before I knew addiction personally .. How does a person die accidentally from Heroin? But I now think these words make total sense .. She didn't mean to die, she didn't mean to shatter lives, she was to thoughtful to ever intentionally hurt us. People will say oh she's in a better place .. Oh she's not suffering anymore ., oh she's free now.. BULL !!! These words are hollow as we don't want her to be gone from us.. I secretly wish people would just nod as if to say we really don't know what to say then to say the BULL !! I will offer your family prayers for peace but that's all I can offer because I don't know how or what to really say to you.. We all think and we all hold onto the hope that as each day of recovery passes that our loved one will actually make it and everything will be ok.. Until it isn't .. Until we are smacked with the reality that it's over.. No more frantic pleas.. No more frantic phone calls.. Nothing left but GRIEF .. And no one and I mean NO ONE TELLS US THAT GRIEF IS SCARY ... But it is..My heart is broken for your family and I'm sorry that you now are part of a club that no one wants to join.. I know we didn't want to.. May God be with you sir..

Ellen Hayes

October 13, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Josh sounded like an amazing man. They say time heals all wounds, I’m not sure who “they” is, but “they” have no idea! The loss of a family member is never easy. I lost my sister and her daughter 7 years apart, Anne was 47 and Kaitlin was 24. The pain is always there. The only light is they are in my dreams.. I pray you get to see Josh in your dreams as well. He will send you signs. God Bless you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Xxoo Ellen

Susie Larson

October 9, 2019

I did not know your Loved One. And can not make the pain go away. I am Sending Thoughts and Prayers to you all. May the Memories Bring you Peace in The Coming Days. There’s a Angel in Heaven Watching Over You All Now . And Will Be Waiting to See You Again With Open Arms.

Christina Rotharmel

October 1, 2019

I did not know your son, nor am I a yachtie, but I am a mother and I cannot imagine the pain that this loss has caused you and the rest of your family. Please know that having had an addiction myself, that I have managed to beat it is one of the hardest things a person will ever do i their life and every single day is a temptation. Just know that you did all you could and I am sure that he loved you both deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

With greatest sincerity,
Christina Rotharmel
Groton, CT

Eileen Smith

August 26, 2019

Joshua is with our Lord and Savior now. But we would rather have him here with prayers and heart go out to the family and friends who knew him..I unfortunately did not .I just have all the respect I the world for his Father as a Fan of the show...finding this out tonight has made me make some hard decisions just now. .that should have been made long ago....this changes everything for me and my life right now....My prayers are for the family....God Bless you All

Cindy Maulen

August 20, 2019

OMG!! Just heard the bad news. My condolences to Lee ,Maryann, and family. So many good memories, gone to soon. 💗

Anna Rezabek

August 2, 2019

Captain Lee & Marianne & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you all & hope that you find comfort in the good memories you share of Joshua, & the knowledge that you have your own angel who will greet you at the gate when you are called home.