Joshua STEBBINS

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STEBBINS, Joshua Christopher
November 4, 1970 - June 29, 2017
It is with such sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful son, brother and uncle Josh at age 46, in Asheville, N.C., at the hands of an assailant.
Josh's early life was spent between Asheville and Sturgeon County. He graduated from Sturgeon Comp in 1989 and Mechanical Engineering at the U of A in 1993. He returned to the USA to work for Nissan before being diagnosed at age 25 with schizophrenia, and eventually became seriously addicted to alcohol. Even so, he worked casual in construction, played his guitar and was a wizard at resurrecting and repairing small engines. In 2014 he was in a serious crash, which ended even these small pleasures and diminished his ability to cope. In the last couple years he was sometimes homeless. In spite of the turmoil in his life, Josh was a man of principle and an elegant soul.
Josh will be remembered by his mother, Kathryn (Ken) Fearnley of Edmonton, AB; and his father, James R. Stebbins (Shirley Brown) Knoxville, Tenn.
Josh's siblings were all "step" or "half", but that never mattered to the kids. He was the best big brother who played with, hung out with, protected and cared for them. He will be remembered by Johanna (Corey) in Asheville, to whom we must give special thanks, because she was truly his Angel on the Ground when Josh was sick and difficult; also Aaron (Belinda), Carmen, Carey (Karri), Sarah (Mick), Geneva (Jody), Morgan (Anna); and his six nieces and nephews.
Relating to someone like Josh involves a heavy burden of helplessness, which the children have carried so graciously, always wishing they could have done more. We also wish to thank Myra, and the many others who tried to help him.
There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel, 5016 - 47 Avenue, Bon Accord, AB, when all the siblings can gather. In the meantime, please consider a donation of time or money to the Schizophrenia Society or an agency that supports the homeless. Thank you.
STURGEON MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL (780) 921-3900.

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Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel
5016-47 Avenue
Bon Accord, AB T0A 0K0
780-915-1860
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2017
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