It is with heartbreaking sadness that we announce the passing of Joshua Miller, the loving son of Lily McGregor and David Miller, brother of Cassandra Miller and Mike Miller, and stepson to Peter McGregor. Josh was a passionate teacher who dedicated the past 10 years of his life to supporting students in the Community of Whapmagoostui, where he fell in love with the northern way of life and ancestral traditions. Josh embarked on this path when he was introduced to Youth Fusion in 2010, and worked as a Media Coordinator to organize and conduct both regular in-class workshops and extra-curricular activities with the focus of engaging students in their academic development through media and artistic activities at Badabin Eeyou School in Whapmagoostui. Once he completed his teaching qualifications he headed back to Whapmagoostui and took a teaching position at Wasimauttaq school, as an art Teacher, and later as Head of the Special Needs Department at Badabin Eeyou School where he focused on students with special needs. Josh cared deeply about his students and took pride in being the best resource he could be, always expanding his professional development to include more tools that could support and heal. Josh loved his life in Whapmagoostui and hoped to, one day, get a plot of land where he could build a home and be a permanent member of the community.
Josh leaves a legacy of kindness and generosity. A beautiful ethereal northern light, his impact will live on through every person and child he supported, loved and cared for. He will forever be in our hearts to shine a light on the importance of loving, being kind and generous of spirit.
The family will be holding a private closed service. A memorial event celebrating Josh’s life will be held in Toronto, details will follow. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Youth Fusion and/or any charity supporting mental health.
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Gosh! it's hard to believe he's really gone! We will always remember Josh as a caring person. Someone who was very polite and friendly to many in Waskaganish. Deepest condolences to his family and friends of Joshua.
Lily, Lenny and I are filled with sadness at your loss. We will always remember Josh as a lovey, sweet boy. We send our condolences to you and Cassandra and Peter.
J'ai été témoin de ton implication et ton respect pour tes élèves. J'ai constaté à quel point ils t'estimaient. Quelle tristesse. Sincères condoléances à ta famille.
I am so very, very sorry for your loss.
Josh was a kind, gentle, and deep soul. I'm glad for the time I spent with him, and I'm devastated that he's gone.
Josh was such a kind soul. Sharing healing thoughts and my condolences.
I had the privilege of meeting Josh in Whapmagoostui as teacher ten years ago. I’m still in the community and will greatly miss his kindness, spirit and dedication to the youth of Whapmagoostui and Kuujjuarapik. He was one of a kind friend and person. My sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. Rest In Peace Josh 🤍
My most sincere condolences. I went to North Toronto with Josh and have the very best of memories of him. Please keep me posted regarding the memorial, as I would really like to attend. My thoughts are with you, Shannyn Murray 416-209-3133
Pour toujours, je conserverai dans mon coeur les souvenirs de ta générosité, ta bienveillance et ton dévouement pour les autres. Repose en paix mon cher ami! Tu ne seras jamais mais jamais oublié.
L'équipe Fusion Jeunesse, notre président fondateur Gabriel Bran Lopez et nos directrices générales Diane De Courcy et Rose Lyndsay Daudier sommes profondément attristé•es par la perte de notre ancien membre de l'équipe. Nous sommes de tout cœur avec vous ! Joshua a éclairé tant de chemins et fait briller des milliers d'étoiles. Nous n'oublierons jamais son engagement envers les jeunes et son impact sur eux et sur les membres de notre équipe.
I’m honoured I had to chance to be your roommate and share a slice of your time here. You got me through those first brutal months of homesickness and opened doors to adventures that changed me as a human being. I would have made a quick exit from teaching - and I thank you for being you. Thanks for all the sharing of mushroom cloud moments over brunch at the Lodge. I'll forever remember you at Smokey Hill with our mason jar coffee and cigars. Meegwetch, my friend.
Hello, As the founder-president of Youth Fusion, I wanted to send you my most sincere condolences. Josh was one of our first coordinators, and his work made all the difference among youth. I will forever be grateful for his commitment. You and all of his loved ones are in my heart. Sincerely, Gabriel Bran Lopez Founder and president, Youth Fusion +15146622183
Merci Josh d’avoir passé dans ma vie. J’ai recu bien de belles aventures avec toi and a lot of great teachings. You were a visionnary man with so much compassion and kindness. May your spirit journey be unique and adventurous. I am convince you be taking care of us. Merci encore. I know you are still there in spirit and i will cherish our friendship forever. Agda love you xxx
Josh was a beloved friend, a kind, deep soul. I am really sorry for your loss. I hope somehow he can feel all the love we felt for him.
Josh was a beloved friend, for many, an unique, kind, deep soul. I am so sorry for your loss, and I hope he somehow can feel all the love we felt for him.
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Josh was one of my all-time favourite students at Concordia, I am deeply saddened by this loss and send my sincere condolences to your family. He was one of the most keen students I've ever had, so enthusiastic about learning and studying. A rare and kind person.
My sincerest condolences for you and your family at this time. You have our deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Our sincerely sympathy from all of us in the Finance Department
I am so sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Josh and I were incredibly close for many years and still kept in touch from time to time. He was a gentle soul who was kind and giving to everyone around him.
My sincere condoleances to the familly and friends of Joshua. We went to Concordia together and it was always fun to work with Josh. He was kind and serious in his objectives and learnings. He was passionnate about his students up North and I admired him for all his dedication for his work. Big hugs. xx
The Youth Fusion team, Founder President Gabriel Bran Lopez and Executive Directors Diane De Courcy et Rose Lyndsay Daudier are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved former team member. Our hearts go out to you! Joshua lit so many paths and shone thousands of stars. We will never forget his commitment to youth and the impact he leaves on them and us.
Sad to see you go Josh but understand why. You have left a forever footprint in the hearts of many in Whap. Rest well Josh ♥️♥️
We had lost contact over years past, but I still consider him one of my dearest friends. I hope time will allow you to heal. I’m so sorry for your loss.
Lily, I am so sorry. Josh was doing such important work up north. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Garth and Jen
I am so deeply sorry to hear of Josh’s passing. He was one of a kind, and greatly loved. Wherever he is now, I hope he knows that. My condolences to all of you, there are no words.
Lily, my condolences to you and your family. Very saddened to hear about your Son. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
My sincerest condolences on the passing of Joshua, my thoughts are with Lily, family and friends in this sad time.
Chère Lily, in heart and mind I am with you. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Brigitte and Yiannis
Lily, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this incredibly sad time. Josh was such a dedicated teacher and truly made a difference for the students he served.
Lily, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family. You’re in my prayers!
Lily, my heart aches learning about the recent passing of your beloved son. There are no words, but I wanted to offer my deepest condolences and send my love and support at this incredibly difficult time for you and your family.
Lily, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and yours, and sending peace to your whole family. Charline
Lily, so sorry to hear this. Sounds like Josh had a profound impact on so many people that truly needed someone to be there for them.
Josh was an incredibly kind, caring, intelligent, dedicated teacher who I had the absolute privilege of working with at Badabin. He immediately made me feel welcome in the school and the community, and I will treasure the conversations I shared with him. His passion for education and care and love for the students he worked with serves as a continuous inspiration for me. My thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues, and students; may his memory be a blessing.
Oh Lily, I am so very sorry to hear this terrible news. Josh was such a bright and shining light bringing kindness in all of his interactions and the love that he shared for education motivated me in our conversations. Thinking of you, Cassandra, and Pete and sending you lots of love! With heartfelt condolences, Anand
Lily - I am so very sorry for your loss. Your son sounds like a wonderful man who had a huge impact on children and his family. May his memory be a blessing. Gina
Hi Lily, I don't have words really. This is heartbreaking to hear and I am thinking of you and your family in this unimaginable time. Sending lots of love your way, I'm so sorry. Cath xo
My sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. We will pray for your strength and guidance throughout. I'm sure you were all not prepared for something so painful as this. God be with you All.... much Love and Blessings, Comfort and Peace!
His soul could not take the darkness of this materialistic world and it's stupidity. My heart is with you ❤️❤️❤️.
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