Joshua "Josh" Anderson

08/02/1983 - 01/06/2019

Obituary For Joshua "Josh" Anderson

On February 8th, 1983 in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Joshua Lamont Anderson came into this world with a mighty roar. He had a deep and loud cry that caught the attention of every nurse on the floor. As time went by, Josh continued to catch the attention of every female that crossed his path with his big brown eyes and captivating smile.

Josh was a brilliant and mischievous child who marched to the beat of his own drum. He loved music and art and writing his own songs and poetry. He had a love of motorbikes and went full throttle in every aspect of his life.

Although Josh’s full throttle lifestyle often brought him struggles and difficulties, as he was tortured by demons most of his adult life, it didn’t stop him from loving deeply and intensely. He was a typical looking cliché tough guy, but those who knew him knew he was an emotional and loving man. He loved more than anything in his life, his Fab 5 girls. (Momma, Boogerlips, Keletor, B and Neisa).

It was never quiet in our house when Josh was home. He was boisterous and funny, always making us laugh with his sarcastic wit and goofy impressions. He took great joy in terrorizing his sisters growing up. As much as he drove us all crazy, you couldn’t stay mad at Josh for long. The moment he drove you to the brink of insanity, he would smile and crack a joke, somehow charming his way back into your good books, like only Josh could.

Josh battled addiction for many years. Sometimes he prevailed, sometimes the drugs did. Even when the drugs took hold, it did not stop Josh’s big heart or his deep caring soul.

Josh was a son. He was a father. He was a brother, an uncle, a grandson, a cousin, a nephew and a friend. We cared infinitely for him, and not one second went by that we were not thinking of him and hoping that one day he might come back to us. But he is not coming back. Many of you have questions about what happened to Josh. But sadly, we do not know.

Missed unbelievably by his “Momma” Jodi Doering, Dad Lamont (Jeannie), Gramma Norma Fredborg, amazing sisters Kelda (Ron), and Brianna (Brendan), brothers Jason and Cole (Kendall) and especially his daughter Keylee and son Hendrix, niece Disa, Also, Aunts Nora (Peter), Carey and Uncles Nels (Monica), Lars (Candace), Doc (Wanda) and cousins Jen, Christie, Kendt (Amanda), Katie (Mike), Devyn, Davis, Anya and Annika, and close friend Sarah Hartford.

Josh is spending special time now with Grampa Ed Fredborg, his beautiful cousin Amy Marie Boyd, Aunt Karen Fredborg, Grampa Erik Anderson and Gramma Caroline Anderson.

For those that know, Josh is no longer chasing the dragon. He’s at peace. A private day of celebration will be held this Summer at the farm he loved and grew up on.

The family and Josh’s loved ones would like to take this opportunity to say this….

If you’re struggling with addiction, please get help. Reach out. Take advantage of social programs that are available to you. If you fail, try again. And again. And again. PLEASE do not give up. There is always hope. Take this day that you were blessed with and make it yours. Never stop trying, you are loved.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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I just came across the obituary Jody - I am so so sorry for your loss - I never met your son and only met you a couple of times but Ralph talked about you and Josh and to think they died just a few months apart - There are no words of comfort- you just learn to move on with a piece of your heart missing - my condolences to your family - Dianne Kenney (Ralph McGuigan's) Sister
- Dianne Kenney
It was truly an honour to be Josh's Auntie. I will miss his smile, his big heart and his great sense of humor. I will miss him every day.
- Auntie Carey
We had alot fun times over the years. Including the ugly woman. I am gonna miss you little Josh. From your brother from another mother, Fat Josh, Yammi, Yam-touch or Yamkow. You always had a new name for me.
- Josh Yamkowy
Such a beautiful written obituary with such a great learning message at the end! Thoughts, prayers and strength to you all.
- Justin Brown
I was very fortunate to get to know josh through work, I thought very highly of him. My thoughts are with his family in this difficult time. Rest easy my friend!
- Al Beatty
It was an absolute pleasure knowing you and growing with you. My brother and I have nothing but the best memories . We will always love and miss you.
- Krystal and Dennis Piepers
So sorry for your So sorry on the lose. Of your grandson , Norma may he rest in peace❤️
- Sylvia hooper
I did not know Josh; but what a well written and beautiful tribute to your Son. I lost a Son; he was in the addiction cycle. My heart ached for your family when I read your words . But I had to say how meaningful they are and how powerful. He sounded like such an amazing young man. Thank you for this obituary. I pray it will encourage others to get help. God bless you.
- Penny Hamer
May he rest in peace ...May God blessesch and every one of you..I have been sober for almost 30 years..and I have watched so many people suffer from addiction ..this is the first obituary I ever seen with someone suffering from addiction..Many blessings to you all
- Cindy McMaster
I am so sorry Kelda and family. May he Rest In Peace. Sincerely Pat Littleton
- Pat Littleton

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