Josiah Venter
VENTER, JOSIAH BARNUM Josiah Barnum Venter, 65, of New Haven, died Oct. 2 at Smilow Cancer Center following the development of acute leukemia. He graduated from Foote School and Hotchkiss School, attended the London School of Economics, and received a B.S. from Colgate University in Mathematical Economics. He graduated from the United States Navy Officer Candidate School and served four years on active duty, including one year in Vietnam, where he earned the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V. He served an additional 16 years in the Naval Reserve including 4 years at the U.S. Naval War College, retiring as a Commander. A member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute, he was currently a Director at Ingalls and Snyder, NYC, and in New Haven was formerly the Chief Financial Officer at First Bank, and Executive Vice President at First Federal. He loved the city of New Haven and devoted countless hours to the community. He was a Director of the New Haven Development Corporation and Chairman of the Technology Investment Fund of New Haven as well as a past director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and a past member of the Finance Committee of Yale New Haven Hospital. He was a longtime member of the New Haven Lawn Club. Josh was a quintessential Renaissance Man. He had tremendous intellectual curiosity equaled only by his love and compassion for family and friends. An avid sailor, he was a member of the Essex Yacht Club and sailed the Caribbean and New England Coast, as well as the Great Lakes via the Hudson River and the Erie Canal. He loved to take annual family sailing vacations on his Pearson Triton which he has enjoyed for more than 30 years and recently restored to its original condition. He took special pleasure in navigating around the tall ships in New York Harbor during Operation Sail in 1986. He was also a great train buff, enjoying the daily commute to NYC on Metro North and entertaining himself, his children and their friends with his elaborate model train set-up. Several years ago he and his wife took a two week trip all over the United States on Amtrak. He had an intense drive to understand all sides of every issue, reading several newspapers daily to maintain a balanced perspective. He worked three blocks from the Twin Towers and after having experienced firsthand the horrors of 9/11, he read widely, seeking to understand the ideology that led to this terrorist act. He was a true humanitarian. He was predeceased by his father, Commander Josiah G. Venter and his brother Captain J. DeForest Venter. He is survived by his mother Dorothy Barnum Venter of Southbury, his wife of thirty-five years, Martha Reynolds Venter, children Molly Barnum Venter and Josiah Reynolds Venter, sisters Joan Venter Lynn of Washington D.C., Phyllis Venter Savage of Tustin, CA, Mary Lou Venter Briggs of Williamstown, MA, brother Commander Peter Barnum Venter of Rochester Hills, MI, many adoring nieces and nephews, and his faithful, four legged friend, Oliver. In lieu of flowers, donations in Josh's name can be made to Hotchkiss School or the US Department of Veterans Affairs for the survivors of Agent Orange. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and support staff at Smilow Cancer Center for their professional and loving care. A memorial service will be held at New Haven's Trinity Church on the Green at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 5.

Published by the New Haven Register from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2011.
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Sending love and happy memories to the Venter family. Wishing the best for all of you in this part of your life without Josh. He will be in your hearts forever.
Jeannine Addams
September 27, 2021
Still missing you, Josh but all your family is doing well
Ginger Miller
September 27, 2020
Dear Martha, I just now read of your husband Josiah's untimely passing. While I did not know him, by all accounts he was a wonderful man who gave tremendously to the community, like yourself. My daughter Natalie Schultz-Henry (who attended Hopkins) and I are so sorry for your loss.
Vicki Schultz
September 26, 2020
You will always be missed. Thanks for all you gave.
Ginger Miller
September 27, 2019
Hi Martha & Family
It has been a long time since we have seen each other but, I always remember the GREAT times Josh and I had on our Navy weekends. I will always be greatful for his friendship and unquestioning support. My wife Pat, also remembers the fun times we had together as couples. If you ever come to northern VA call us we would love to see you. Are hearts are with you.
Karl & Pat Rosenbaum, Mount Jackson,VA
Karl & Pat Rosenbaum
July 1, 2012
Dear Martha, So sad to hear of your loss. Josh was a good man and his presence missed. He lived a good life, but gone too soon. My condolences to you and the children.
Roberta Bryant
May 30, 2012
Dear Martha,

I just read of Si's passing last Oct 2 in Foote Prints and I am deeply shocked and saddened. We go back to childhood and I have so many wonderful memories. And more recently you both have been gracious hosts to Class of 1959 reunions. A life well lived.
Love, Bunny
Bunny Fazekas
May 1, 2012
Dear Martha, Molly and Josh Jr,
We were so shocked and saddened to hear about Josh's untimely passing. You know how much he meant, how generous he was with his time and attention to Andy during the three years Andy lived with you both and attended Hopkins. He always made me feel welcome, and this obituary describes so well his zest for living, his lifelong interest in learning, and his devotion to family and friends. Please know that we send our love and thoughts during this difficult time of passage. With love, Donna Hall and Andy
January 1, 2012
October 19, 2011
Dear Martha,

Sadly, I have been away and have only just returned to find the message about Josh on our answering machine.He was one of the kindest and most gentle men I knew, and I have special memories of sharing swimming excitement at the NHLC watching our children. Also, I will never forget your 40th birthday party. What a grand host he was. Oddly enough, he has never been out of my mind for long because I think of him every time I walk my dogs in East Rock Park. He was the only person who challenged the local lore that the park was dangerous, and I began my walks there the day after he told me where to go and what to do. Had it not been for him, I would never have explored the paths and vistas of that amazing area. He will always be in my mind as we enjoy our daily expeditions and discoveries.

If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. In the meantime, know that we are thinking of you with love and compassion.

Pam, David, Lexi and Chris Field
Pamela Field
October 18, 2011
Dear Martha,
I was away last week, and just learned of your terrible loss. Ezra, Veronique, Pierre and I send our sincere condoleances.
Bien affectueusement.
Brigitte Griffith
October 12, 2011
Dear Martha,

I had no idea, you have had to go through so much. Josh must have have been wonderful as a person, husband, father, and friend to so many.

Our patriots who serve in these many (not always wise) wars have sacrificed more than we will ever know.

much love to you and your children, I hope to see you soon.

love, pat
pat pollard
October 10, 2011
Dear Martha, Like many, I think, I will have great difficulty understanding or accepting Josh's passing. Memories of time with him are all joyful. He was brilliant, original, diligent, generous and a gentleman to his core. H '63 benefited from his leadership in ways known to many and in ways he chose to keep anonymous. That was a particularly admirable quality. I feel fortunate to have had some time with you and him in NH this past year. Thank you. This is an incalculable loss for many of us, but I hope you find comfort in many ways for what he shared.
Peter Bonoff
October 10, 2011
Thomas Rothfus
October 9, 2011
I was so sorry to hear from my brother Guy of Si's passing away. I remember the times Guy and I spent with him and Peter a long time ago. My wife Mary and I send our sympathy.
Mike and Mary Forman
October 7, 2011
Dear Mrs Venter and Family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May your many memories of the times you spent together comfort you during this sad time.
Cam Cross
October 6, 2011
Thirty-five years of love and joy is a wonderful blessing and I hope those happy memories will help you bear your loss.
Love, Sally Pappas
Sally Pappas
October 5, 2011
I first met Josh as a LTJG trying to figure out how to plan for my financial future. As I get ready to pin on CDR, I think back on all of the conversations we had. He became more than my broker; he became a friend and mentor. He will be missed.
George Caramico
October 5, 2011
Dear Martha, Josh and Molly, I am so sorry to hear of your great loss. My thoughts are with you all, and hope that the company of family and the sound of good music will comfort you.
Emily Morris
October 5, 2011
Dear Martha and Family,

We are so sad to hear about your loss. We will pray for you and your family.
Johan, Laura Lynn, Matthijs and Marja van Mierlo
October 5, 2011
Martha, Molly and Josh,
What a huge loss to your family! Blessings on all of you, and may you find peace and joy in your memories of your lives together.
Jeannine Addams
October 5, 2011
Dear Martha
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Josh.He was a terrific gentleman,and truly a wonderful human being.I always enjoyed seeing and being in his company.May he be blessed to be at peace and no longer suffering.
God bless your family
Mark Candido
October 4, 2011
Martha and Family:

So sad to learn of Josh's passing--Sandy and I enjoyed many pleasant times together with the both of you at the Essex Yacht Club. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathryn Katz
October 4, 2011
Mrs. Venter, our family extends our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband and love one. We are praying for God to grant you "peace that passes understand" and grace for each day ahead.
Rose and Jacob Okai and family
Rose Okai
October 4, 2011
Although we can't be with you while you remember your loved one, you're in our thoughts from afar.
Francis & Rosalie Merola
October 4, 2011
There are no words to express our intense love and wonderful appreciation for Josh and all he has meant to the Miller family over the years. We had so many fun times, laughter, and long talks. He will remain with us in spirit always. We send our deepest sympathy to all of you, especially Martha, Molly, and Josh, my godson.

Aunt Ginger, Uncle Ed, Ted, and Chris
Ginger Miller
October 4, 2011
I will miss the many wonderful kitchen table chats I had with Josh. He always opened my mind to another side of things in life. My sincerest condolences to Martha, Molly, Joshie and Oliver.
Carolyn Harriston
October 4, 2011
I was so sad to hear about Josh. I worked with him at Ingalls & Snyder. He and I would banter on the elevator about the Red Sox,Patriot,Celtics and Bruins each season. I will miss that. Wow,he had such a full life. I am glad to know him. My deepest sympathy at this time in your life and for your loss.
Meaoy Lewis
October 4, 2011
Josh was ingenuous and intelligent and the sweetest man on earth. After reading of his achievements, I was stunned--he was so humble that I never knew most of what is mentioned there. What I remember is this boyish, funny, generous, bright, open and affectionate man. I will miss him so much.
My heart goes out to Martha and the kids.
Constance Congdon
October 4, 2011
A fellow First Banker and a wonderful "gentleman" It was a great experience working at First Bank and with Josh. He will be remembered.
October 4, 2011
Marty and family-
Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow. We are physically far from you, but close to you in our hearts. Always feel free to call on us.
Martin and Barbara Beatty and family
Middlebury, VT.
October 4, 2011
Josh was a fellow First Banker and great guy. It was a pleasure working with him over the years. He was professional and personable. He will not be forgotton.
Ron Silverberg
October 4, 2011
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