In the months before his death, the son of a U.S. military veteran was a fixture at his parents’ cottage in a small Ontario community.
Now, in a sprawling house that has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, his sons have been transformed into a living, breathing library.
“He was always very busy, always playing and going out and having fun,” said his eldest son, Josh.
“It was always something for him.”
He was in school and working, but also volunteering at the local library.
It was a hobby that helped to fill his son’s spare time and, later, his life.
“You can’t go on a vacation without reading something,” Josh said.
“That’s the only way I know to get through it.”
It’s also a way for Josh to get more out of his work with the military.
“I’ve got some books, some bookshelts, some kids’ books, and that’s it,” he said.
Josh said his older brother, who joined the military in 2016, also enjoys reading.
“My brother loves to read,” he added.
He added that he also enjoys hanging out with his family. “
And that’s why I’m here.”
He added that he also enjoys hanging out with his family.
“When I was younger, I didn’t know anyone but my brother,” he recalled.
“Some of the things that I like to do, I’ll be able to do with my brother.” “
The first thing Josh remembers from his brother’s military service is the first time he was in a firefight. “
Some of the things that I like to do, I’ll be able to do with my brother.”
The first thing Josh remembers from his brother’s military service is the first time he was in a firefight.
“Every single one of us got wounded,” he explained.
“Our first day at school, we had a fire.
“But that’s not how my life went. “
“At the end of the day, my brothers and I have a lot of stuff in common. “
We’re both in the military.” “
At the end of the day, my brothers and I have a lot of stuff in common.
We’re both in the military.”
Josh said he still enjoys reading, but his older brothers are more interested in their own hobbies.
“If they’re going to go out and get into the field, I’m happy to do that,” he joked.
I’ll get my brother and go out there and play hockey.” “
They go to school, they get into their field, they’re out in the world, they play hockey.
I’ll get my brother and go out there and play hockey.”
Josh, who has three older siblings, is a fan of his younger brothers, who are all in their early 20s.
“Most of the time, my brother is a better hockey player than I am,” he told CBC News.
“What they like to read, how they like the outdoors, what they like about the outdoors. “
“Whether it’s gardening or something else.” “
It seems Josh is well-liked by his family and by the community at large. “
Whether it’s gardening or something else.”
It seems Josh is well-liked by his family and by the community at large.
But for some, it may not be enough.
“People come up to me, ‘I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s death,'” said Karen Williams, the co-owner of the nearby First Coast Coffee Shop.
“The coffee shop is very welcoming.
We have been doing business there for about 10 years.”
It took five years for the store to receive the funeral notices, but Karen said it’s still one of her biggest customers.
“Since we’ve opened up, it’s become a very big deal for us,” she said.
For many, it is a bittersweet moment.
“For me personally, I think it’s a good time,” said Karen.
“His family is a big part of our lives.”
For Josh, it feels like a bittersunch.
“This was a pretty dark time in my life,” he admitted.
“Like any parent would want their child to be able go through that.
We just didn’t have it.”
The next day, the family was on their way to pick up their two dogs.
But as they passed through a border crossing, Josh said the RCMP pulled up to the spot and asked for their papers.
The family said they were told they would have to come back the following day and explain their case to the RCMP. “
He said the man told him, “I’m sorry, but we’re not allowed in.
They were told the border had been closed because they had entered illegally, but that the RCMP was only asking for fingerprints. “”
On our way back to the U.K., the family got a call from the RCMP saying that we had been stopped,” said Josh.
They were told the border had been closed because they had entered illegally, but that the RCMP was only asking for fingerprints.