OBITUARY

Joseph David Essa

June 28, 2003April 16, 2021

Joseph was born on June 28, 2003. He was an extraordinarily intelligent, creative young man who radiated kindness, humility and an insatiable appetite for adventure. Joseph lived a strong, fearless life every day, overcoming and conquering obstacles. He had a heart for the strong and an intuitive sensitivity for the weak. He loved, cared, laughed, and shared his passion in life with those he encountered. Our son, Joseph, is deeply loved and will be immeasurably missed. He ran into our Lord's arms on April 16, 2021.

Joseph is survived by his parents, Carl and Vivian; siblings, Marina, Carl Jr. and Nicholas; paternal grandmother, Margaret Essa; maternal grandparents, Jamil and Eva Joubran; a large extended family of loving aunts, uncles and cousins; and his loyal dogs, Afifi and Zana.

A Mass of Christian burial and celebration of life will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 at Saint Pius X Catholic Church, Greensboro, NC. His parents ask in lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph's memory be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church, Catholic Charities or Greensboro Beautiful.

  • FAMILY

  • Carl & Vivian Essa, Parents
  • Marina, Carl Jr. & Nicholas, Siblings
  • Margaret Essa, Maternal Grandmother
  • Jamil & Eva Joubran, Maternal Grandparents
  • Also surviving is a large extended family of loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mr. Eddie Essa
  • Mr. Joe Essa
  • Mr. Ray Essa
  • Mr. JJ Joubran
  • Mr. Ray Joubran
  • Mr. Pierre Najjar

Services

  • A Mass of Christian Burial & Celebration of Life

    Friday, April 23, 2021

  • Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery

    Friday, April 23, 2021

Memories

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Susan Tanahey

April 24, 2021

Dear Essa Family,
It saddened my heart to hear about Joseph today. I am lucky that I had the chance to know Joseph for the time that I did. My heart breaks for you at this time. I am sending you love and prayers and hope that you can find strength during this dark time.
Sincerely,
Sue Tanahey

Annie Klick

April 23, 2021

To the sweetest , most generous loving child in our life I will miss so dearly. A beautiful soul with a uncanny silly smile and adventurous desire to climb to the highest peak .. We love you Joe and may you fly up with our Lord to the highest peaks and may we see your brightest smile guide us to where you reside. I look forward to that hug I’m so grateful to have embraced. Peace to my angel 😇

Cathryn McNamara

April 22, 2021

Vivian, Carl and Essa family,
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you on the passing of Joseph. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. So very sorry to learn of your loss.
Cathryn, Riley and Kelly McNamara

Sheila Jiles

April 22, 2021

Dear Essa Family, I am so very saddened to hear of Joseph's passing. I remember him from my daughter's confirmation class and seeing your family in church. I pray for your comfort and peace during this time. May God give you the strength you need and surround you with love from others.
Sheila Jiles and Family

Karin Hiser

April 22, 2021

Vivian, Carl, Marina, Carl Jr. , Nicholas -
We are deeply saddened by the news of Joseph. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We pray that you will find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
The Hiser Family
Andy, Karin, Lily and Anderson

Annette Heilmann

April 22, 2021

For the entire Essa family, We are so saddened to learn of Joseph's passing. May God grant you strength during this sudden difficult time. Your in our prayers. We are truly so sorry for the loss of your loved son.

Annette, Andy, Grace & Grant Heilmann

Cindy Rosasco

April 22, 2021

My sincerest condolences to your family. May God give you peace and comfort. Prayers lifted up for you all.

Cindy Rosasco

Beth Najjar

April 22, 2021

I was blessed by Vivian & Carl to be Joseph’s godmother it’s a very very important title. Godparents are considered the spiritual and God guiding parents in their lives and I think joseph did more of that for me than I did for him. His spirit was so loving ,so free ,so courageous , I learned lot about the power of prayer because of Joseph I know that if anyone out there had the opportunity to come in contact with Joseph or even got to know him well will agree he taught us way more than we ever could have taught him . Be kind, be joyful,be curious, be courageous, seek wisdom, but most of all always pray for others going forward in your journey in life an remember Joeseph David Essa taught us that an so much more .

Jeremy and Ashley Phillips

April 21, 2021

Dear Carl, Vivian, and the rest of the Essa family,

I was so saddened to hear the news of Joseph’s passing. I just want you to know that the Phillips family holds the Essa family in very high regard, and our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences cannot be expressed enough. We are here for you in anyway we can be.

Love you guys,

Jeremy and Ashley Phillips

Amira and Keith Frantz

April 21, 2021

Carl, Vivian and precious family of ours,
Our hearts are in deep sorrow and anguish for your great loss. Your son Joseph is in the arms of his loving Savior Jesus. We are promised that we will be reunited with our children in Heaven. May you have peace in this knowledge, and may the comfort of the love and support of your family sustain you. We wish we could be there for you. Please know you are in our prayers and on our hearts. We Love you, Aunt Amira and Uncle Keith.

FROM THE FAMILY