Sad and grief stricken, Joshua’s family and friends mourn our loss of his life, a gentle young man who meant so much to so many. Joshua was a beloved son to his mom Viola D’Lorge, and his dad Jim Griffin. He also leaves behind his sister Jessika D’Lorge-Harnisch, her husband Kai, daughters Ophelia and Aurora; brother Jacob Griffin, his wife Jordan, son Kenzo; three half siblings Megan, Michael and Matthew Griffin, and a stepmother Su Phillips; his extended family of more than 15 aunts and uncles, a cousin to so many, as well as his nana, Dorothy Large; his close friends Shannon, Jeremy, Rosa, and Mary, along with the many other friends whose lives he impacted with his kind heart. Joshua was pre-deceased by his ‘best friend’ and Grandad, Walter Large in 2018.

Joshua’s life was full of camping trips, road trips, trips to Hawaii, Arizona, California, Alaska, Germany, and Ibiza. He documented his travels with an extensive gallery of pictures, also his way to record most of his life experiences. Joshua was a man who liked to do things properly, orderly, and with care. He graduated from Mt. Doug Secondary School, and he was always looking to improve himself, whether it was taking a woodworking or landscaping program at Camosun College, Camera & Photography classes and Horticulture sessions at Royal Roads, or chefs training at Spectrum High School. Joshua also enjoyed his working experiences at Thrifty Foods, BC Ferries, Burnside Daycare Centre (he loved the kids), and also being able to apply some woodworking skills that he developed, doing construction duties at projects for Liquor Plus stores and other commercial and residential sites. Building things gave Joshua pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. He worked on various construction projects for his uncle with his friend and mentor Doug. He enjoyed landscaping work on family properties. Joshua read books on self improvement, sports, fiction, and biographies; he was always doing his very best. He found journaling helped him to gather his thoughts and express his emotions when he could not find the words.

Joshua’s greatest passion was swimming, specifically at his grandparents’ home on Prospect Lake. Diving off the tower, wakeboarding, inner tubing; lake life was the best for him. Joshua loved the glorious summer time and just being home with the family – lots of family and friends at home on Prospect Lake. Those were the best years. He loved playing mini golf and Mario Cart with his friends Shannon and Jeremy. He was a fantastic crib player and played Uno with his nieces. Joshua loved to build elaborate Lego sets, a favorite play-time activity from his younger years with his brother Jacob. He also enjoyed cheering on his brothers’ Michael and Matthew during their many sporting events throughout high school and university, and also attended so many other basketball games. His love of animals, specifically dogs and his roommate’s cat Milo, brought so much joy, fun, and happiness to his life.

Joshua has a large and loving family who has always cared and offered unconditional love and support, and he returned the love tenfold unconditionally. He just wanted to be part of the family he loved to the very end. Joshua you will be missed so incredibly by all who knew him, all whose lives he touched, and all who loved him. You are a beautiful soul with an authentic heart. You have found your peace in this life. As you walk in your calm with grandad, know how much you are truly, deeply, and forever loved.

A service will be held for family only at this time. A public memorial will take place sometime in the New Year. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Connections Place, here in Victoria https://connectionsplace.org/donate/

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Judy Fainstein

    Dear Jim, Su and family: We are so sorry to hear about Josh and send our heartfelt condolences. Josh was a kind and gentle soul and we remember him well from when the kids were younger. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love from Judy, Perry, Dave and Dan

  • Frank Letchford

    Jim
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Frank

  • Lisa and Ian Hyde-Lay

    We are so very saddened by this news and send our love and prayers to all of Josh’s close and extended family. We have fond memories of Josh as a friendly, kind and generous person supporting his younger brothers, Michael and Matthew, at numerous basketball games year after year as they grew up. Josh’s big, compassionate heart and smile will be missed.

  • Tiffany Sinclair

    Although I only got to spend time with Josh during my high school years, when I dated his cousin, for all the years after whenever I thought of Josh I saw his smiling face in my mind and his desire to just love and be loved. He was kind and loved his family so much, just like Grandad. My condolences to his family and all who were lucky enough to be touched by Josh’s kind heart. He will forever be there with you in spirit.

    Goodbyes are only for those
    who love with their eyes.
    Because those who love with
    heart and soul there is no such thing
    as separation.
    ~ Rumi

    Love and Light,
    Tiffany

  • Cindy

    Josh, such a kind and gentle soul. A kind of man you would always like.
    Thoughtful, generous and always seeking to understanding life’s journey.

    I know his path was often times a struggle. He would attend groups and still, remain fragile.
    He always wanted a quiet, peaceful, and kinder World. He was an Artist, a Poet and a seeker of Brighter days..

    I’m blessed that I knew Joshua,. I will miss hime. I’ve hoped you’ve moved into the Light.
    For his family, friends, please know he was Loved and will be Remembered xx

    Thanks for the kindness you’ve passed to others xx
    I’ll see you again my friend x

  • Cindy

    Josh, such a kind and gentle soul. A kind of man you would always like.
    Thoughtful, generous and always seeking to understanding life’s journey.

    I know his path was often times a struggle. He would attend groups and still, remain fragile.
    He always wanted a quiet, peaceful, and kinder World. He was an Artist, a Poet and a seeker of Brighter days..

    I’m blessed that I knew Joshua,. I will miss hime. I’ve hoped you’ve moved into the Light.
    For his family, friends, please know he was Loved and will be Remembered xx

  • Kelby Horsman

    I went to cooking school at Spectrum with Joshua . He was always so kind and friendly. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Elia & Marshall

    We are so very sorry for your loss. No amount of words can express the pain that you are going through. We are sending you love and prayers and hope you are able to find strength during this sad time. Joshua was a gentle and caring soul, and he will be dearly missed. Hoping your family is staying safe and healthy. Hugs to you all

  • Shannon

    Well, it’s hard for me to know what to say as I’m also grieving and trying to find the right words. Josh was my best friend. I only knew him for 5 years, but honestly I felt as though I had know him so much longer. I’m holding onto the good happy times camping and mini golfing in Parksville…weekends at the lake and getting my bum kicked at Rummy. I could be myself around Josh without judgment and he could do the same with me. He touched my life in a way I cannot describe and I’m forever grateful to have known him. He holds a huge place in my heart and I will always love him. To his family and other friends, I offer my condolences and know that this is not an easy time. Josh was a kind and caring soul and we will all truly miss him. You are all in my thoughts and I’m sending my sympathies and what strength I have to help heal and find peace during this difficult time
    Love always
    Shannon

  • Susan and Bruce Nielsen

    Thinking of you all and sending warm wishes and healing hugs to everyone ❤️

  • Brad

    I’m so sad to hear the news about Josh. I knew him through two recent group counselling and empowerment workshops, where he was always such a kind and gentle soul. I admired him for being brave, vulnerable, and appreciative, although I’m sure I saw only a glimpse of everything his family will miss. My heart goes out to Josh’s family and good friends and I hope you all continue to take care of yourselves during a difficult time for you, personally and societally. Hugs to you all. <3

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