Joshua R.'s Story
Joshua R. Davidson, 40, of Amesbury, passed away July 31, 2017, at Anna Jaques Hospital after after succumbing to a long battle with heroin addiction.
Born in Milford, Mass., on November 15, 1976, he was the son of Bonnie Davidson of Amesbury and Richard Davidson and wife, Diane of Dover, N.H.
Joshua graduated from Amesbury High School in 1995. After high school, he went on to graduate with honors from Keene State, earning his bachelor’s in communications. He also received a degree in journalism from Northern Essex Community College, where he helped produce the NEEC Observer, their twice-monthly newspaper publication.
Josh could best be described as an intellectual with a big heart. His unique view of life would often be expressed in his writing. His love of poetry transcended academia; he was awarded the Richard Eberhart Poetry Award while studying at Franklin Pierce University. Josh was a proud Red Sox fan. He found great joy in gathering, trading and selling baseball cards, boasting a pristine collection. When he wasn’t supporting his favorite team, Josh liked to stay active by riding his bike.
The reality of Joshua’s death is devastating. However, the grip of addiction never hindered his altruistic, kind-hearted spirit.
In addition to his mother and his father, he leaves behind his sister, Tracy Howe and husband, Steve of Barrington, N.H.; his nephew, Chase of Barrington, N.H.; his niece, Paxton of Barrington, N.H.; along with extended family members and many dear friends.
Visiting hours will be held at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Ave., Amesbury, on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 3 to 6 p.m., immediately followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m. Burial will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Pelican Intervention Fund online at www.pelicaninterventionfund.org to help those who are struggling with addiction and seeking a road to recovery.
Published on  August 9, 2017