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Josh Crews, Long-Time Woody’s Bartender and Manager, Killed in Sunday Morning Wreck

| November 21, 2010

'This is such a tragedy,' writes Vicki King Fontneau, 'I cannot fathom it...words cannot describe the pain of this loss. I am so, so sorry to hear about this. Josh Crews was indeed 'larger than life' with his infectious smile and fun-loving way. He had a way of making everyone feel special. This picture is of Josh on their boat in Green Turtle Cay, in the Abacos, Bahamas... one of his favorite vacation spots for years. My heart and tears go out to you all, Scott & Melanie, Matt & Adam & all who loved him.' (Courtesy of Vicki King Fontneau)

Josh Crews, the 34-year-old bartender, manager and former owner of Woody’s Bar B-Q in Palm Coast died in a single-vehicle wreck on U.S. Route 1 early Sunday morning. Jamie Bly, 25, of Palm Coast, whom Crews was traveling with—they were on their first date—was critically injured and taken to Halifax Hospital.

Josh, courtesy of Courtney C. Lowers

Crews, who is from Flagler Beach, was driving an older-model Ford Sport Trac north on U.S. 1 at 2 a.m. Immediately before Otis Stone Hunter Road, the car dropped off the right shoulder. Crews overcorrected. The car traveled across U.S. 1, hit the concrete median and flipped across the southbound lanes before coming to rest on the west side of the road, just past the shoulder. The car came to rest on its side (on the passenger side), facing northeast.

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Crews was pronounced dead at the scene. He was wearing his seatbelt. The extraction of the body took a long time because of the condition of the vehicle. No other vehicles were involved. The body was removed from the scene between 3:30 and 4 a.m.. The vehicle was towed away to John’s Towing at around 4:30 a.m.

The southbound lanes of U.S. 1 were closed for about three hours, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

By midday Sunday the scene had been mostly cleared of all but minor debris. Several CD cases were scattered on the shoulder, as were scores of vintage pennies from the 1930s, 40s and 50s: Crews, a coin collector, had bought the pennies this week. Clean-up crews had also left behind a lone ladies’ black boot and a book of guest checks used to take orders in restaurants.

Josh Crews (courtesy of Artie O'Hara)

A crew member from John’s Towing returned to the scene—the same crew member who’d worked the scene during the night—to do further cleaning in early afternoon. “It was one of the worst I’ve seen, and I’ve been doing this for two years,” he said.

Woody’s owner Joe Rizzo and his wife Teresa were at the restaurant Sunday afternoon, fielding a stream of  calls and sympathies and looking worn from the night’s ordeal. Crews had been the best man at their wedding 11 years ago. He and Joe had known each other since 3rd grade. “He was a larger than life type person,” Joe said.

“He was the personality of this bar,” Teresa said, describing Josh’s happiness as infectious—the sort of personality that cheers (and “Cheers”) are made of.

Richard Bennett, president of the Flagler County Professional Firefighters Association and a childhood friend of Josh’s, had described him in similar terms by phone earlier: “He was just a wonderful person. He had a great laugh, a great smile, you walk in the door, he was always there to greet you.”

Woody’s opened in July 1998, with Josh and his brother Matt as the original owners. Rizzo bought a part of the business a year later. Then Josh decided to go to the University of Florida, where he majored in English (and devoured books at a rate of a book a day at times, especially sci-fi). Josh went to work in the mortgage business for a while then rejoined Woody’s as a bartender and manager, with Matt Crews and Joe Rizzo as owners (as they still are).

That’s how most people knew Josh: as the restaurant’s bartender and its manager. He also managed Woody’s in St. Augustine until that restaurant was sold three months ago. Wednesday nights were his big nights at Woody’s, with the weekly car show there usually drawing patrons and friends in large numbers.

Sean Moylan, a long-time friend and former teacher in Flagler County schools (he now teaches in Cairo), wrote: “whenever he introduced me to someone, he said, ‘momo has been to the mountain and drank from the stream!’ inevitably the person responded, ‘huh?’ and Josh just repeated that phrase until the person understood that josh admired me. Josh told me on many occasions that our bodies are only capsules for our spirits. now it is josh who drinks from a stream everlasting. I will see him again if it is God’s will.”

Services: A viewing will be held at Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home Friday, Nov. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral home is located at 511 Old Kings Road South. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Bunnell.

The Crews: Josh, to the right, with his mother Melanie, his father Scott, and his brother Adam. (Click on the image for larger view)

Josh and friends (courtesy of Mary O'Hara)

Best friends: Tom Lorber with Josh during an August vacation. 'He always loved the beach,' Tom says. (Courtesy of Tom Lorber)

Josh Crews had just bought a collection of vintage pennies from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Coins were scattered on the highway after the wreck.
(Click on the image for larger view. © FlaglerLive)

josh crews us 1 traffic wreck fatality

Josh Crews' Ford hit the median on the northbound side at US 1 and Otis Hunter Road then flipped several times before coming to rest at the edge of the southbound lane. (© FlaglerLive)

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60 Responses for “Josh Crews, Long-Time Woody’s Bartender and Manager, Killed in Sunday Morning Wreck”

  1. Laura says:

    This news is gut-wrenching.
    Our hearts are broken for his beautiful family,
    whom we love & admire.

    {{* *}}

  2. Katie says:

    My heart goes out to the Crews family. Josh was a great guy. He always had a way of lighting up the room with his big smile and hilarious personality. You will be greatly missed

  3. saddened says:

    r.i.p mr crews

  4. Kim says:

    The entire Crews family, as well as his Woody’s family and many friends will be in my prayers. What a huge loss …. words are not enough.

  5. Jenn Ray says:

    Words can’t express the feeling of sadness left by the loss of a lifelong friend. Even after 10 plus years away;. His laugh, his smile, his sense of welcome will never be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Crews family in thie loss.

  6. Jenn Ray says:

    will be missed –

  7. Haw Creek Girl says:

    Thank you for making this article a bit easier on the family members. I very much appreciate your professionalism. God bless and keep Melanie, Scott, Matt & Melissa and family and Adam and his wife during this trying time. I hope the young girl who was with Josh will make a full and speedy recovery.

  8. Jim Guines says:

    I thought when I had retired from the Washington D. C. schools and moved to Palm Coast. I did not know that I would find a whole brand new world in young adults. When I became a Rotarian and got the assignment to start the Interact program at FPC. That is when I met a young lady whom I call my other daughter, Nellie Hsu. She was the first president of the Interact Club. There are many great young men and woman living and working in the county from that group. Josh Crews was one of them. He was very special, and I do not know if I recently told him how much I loved him.

  9. Roy Longo says:

    The Flagler County Professional Firefighters Association would like to express our condolences to the Crews family and the entire family of employees at Woody’s. Josh and all our friends at Woody’s were always there when we needed something. Josh has become a personal friend to many of us and will be sorely missed.

  10. KristenO says:

    I am so sad to heard about this. Josh was not only a good friend to my family but almost like family. Every Wednesday I go to the car show with my dad and Always look forward to seeing Josh and giving him a hug hello. Josh was a special person, not to many people are as kind, funny, and caring as he was. He could make me laugh no matter what kind of mood i was in. A few years ago we had a Christmas party at my house in which he attended, there is a game we do every year with trading gifts and I got my gift which in my opinion was the best one there. It was a sword with a dragon as the handle, I have had it on display as long as i have ad it. I dont think Woody Wednesdays will ever be the same without him. Rest In Peace Josh xox Always Missed and Never Forgotten

  11. MaryO says:

    Being with Josh at Woody’s on wednesdays has been the usual for all the car guys and gals for a couple of years…We looked forward to being greeted with his bright beautiful smile,hand shake or hugs, your drink already poured, the jokes and stories begin..
    We loved for him to do our favorite impersination of the guy on king of the hill,”Boomhauer”. We thought he would have made a great auctioneer for Barrett Jackson…
    We admired Josh’s utmost respect ,love and loyalty of his parents, brothers and closest friends…his love of people…his kindness for employees as well…..
    We didn’t know “Jamie” , we are praying that God will give her the strength to get through this horriffic time.If there is anything we could do,we would be very happy to help any of you…
    We have been blessed by Josh’s brief time here…forever etched in our hearts….we love you Josh!
    Our thought and prayers are with his family and friends throughout this time of loss and sorrow…
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Artie & MaryO

  12. Denise says:

    Prayers are with the Crew’s family as well as the young lady. Woody’s is and has always been a bright place to go to. You are always greeted with big smiles and laughs coming from their entire family. Josh will be surely missed. We never know when we will be called home, but our Faith is strong and we KNOW we will all meet again!

  13. JJ & Linda says:

    Josh will be missed by both of us. He was the life of the restaruant. Always happy to see you, always had your drink sitting on the bar before you sat down, always called you by name and asked you about your week and always listened when you had something to say.
    You can always tell about someone by how sincere they are when they look you in the eye when they speak to you. That was Josh. He was a stand up man.
    Wedensday was the last time I sopke to Josh. It was late, he shook my hand, thanked my wife and me and gave us a wave good bye.
    We would like to extend out heartfelt condolences to Josh’s family and friends. There will be a void at the Woodys form this point forward.

  14. Steve Culbertson says:

    I almost dropped the phone when this sad news was confirmed. I can’t believe that Josh is gone. It seems like I spent half of my childhood at the Crews house. Matt, Josh and Adam always bickering, always best friends, always there for each other. There are many times that I will read something and think of Josh, wonder if he has seen this book or that. I still read some of the battered and worn books that he recommended way back in high school. If any family can get through this difficult time and come out the other side stronger, it will be the Crews family. Josh was very lucky to have all of them. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mom & Mr Crews, Matt and Adam.

  15. Kelli Pope says:

    Josh was such a wonderful guy and good friend! He was always so much fun to be with… I remember having paperclip flights in the office when we did mortgages together in Flagler Beach.. He always made you feel 110%.. no matter what your mood was that day.. Whenever I was having a bad day I’d say, “Lets go to Woody’s and see Josh.. I need to laugh.” I loved all the stories he would tell while hanging with him.. and all the crazy situations he got himself into!! He would come up with crazy drinks.. like “A Duck Fart!!” Which was actually a good drink!! But just down right hysterical how he would say.. “Thats it.. you look like you need A Duck Fart!!!” “Matter a fact.. We ALL need a Duck Fart!!!” and then 6 of them would be lined up.. I LOVED all his crazy Hawaiian shirts he used to sport.. they went so well with his HUGE personality.. I will always remember his short military haircuts and how excited he was when he went to his Barber in Bunnell to get one… How he never knew how to iron his clothes and would offer to pay me to come by and iron.. I loved all his crazy one liners.. and how exaggerated they were… “Oh Noooo Maaaamm” or “I aint seen you in a coons age” It didnt matter if you hadnt seen him in a few weeks.. he would just pick right up with the conversations where you had left off… it is so sad that he is gone.. things will never be the same without him.. he will very much be missed by me and anyone that came in contact with this wonderful man… My heart goes out to the Crews family and all of Josh’s friends.. as well as Jamie Bly and her family.. Jamie is in my prayers that she be strong and stay with us.. RIP Josh.. I will forever miss you.. and I Love you….you will always have a special place in my heart…

  16. Paco Yan says:

    See U @ the crossroads, my damie. May God watch over jur family.

  17. Paul and Cheryl Hulse says:

    We are broken hearted at this tragedy. Josh was a great friend and we could always be sure he would put a smile on our faces no matter what mood we came into Woodies with. A shining star that made our lives happier and more full. We will always have you in our hearts and memories. We love you our dear friend and the world will be a litte emptier for us without you in it. God Bless you. Our prayers also go out the Jamie and her family at this time.

  18. Paul and Cherl H says:

    We are very saddened by this tragedy. Josh was a Great friend who always had you laughing at stories and jokes he would tell you as you sat at the bar with the car guys on Wednesdays. He could change your mood from sad to glad in an instant because he was an honest and caring individual. You where a shining star that brought happiness to everyone you came in contact with. We will never firget you our friend. The world is a little emptier for us without you in it. Our prayers go out to Jamie and we wish her a speedy recovery. We love you Josh and you will always have a special place in our heart and memories. God Bless and keep you always.

  19. Our prayers go to our good friend Josh who shall go to heaven as a gentleman. Our prayers go out to the entire Crews family as well as the young lady. Things will never be the same without Josh.
    God Bless

  20. Stephanie says:

    RIP Joshua Crews I remember working with you and you always being so happy. You will be missed by so many and you will never be forgotten. Although i remain speechless I hope The Crews family can stick together through this tragedy, Hold your heads high and be strong. ♥

  21. Marilyn & Pat Crossman says:

    We are snowbirds, but often we show up in the summer too. Josh was always so happy to see us and regale us with great stories! Although we only knew him about five years, we got to know him quite well and how proud he was of his family.We were looking forward to spending time together in January and throughout the winter. How we’ll miss his infectious smile and remarkable sense of humor.Our prayers are with his family as they face some incredibly difficult days ahead. Life without Josh won’t quite be the same.
    MSC & Pat

  22. Josh you will not be forgotton, With that smile who could forget WE LOVE YOU .Our prayers are with the CREWS FAMILY

  23. Paul says:

    Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. I know you will shine down on us Josh.

  24. Christina Broadhurst (Aquino) says:

    I’m truly sorry to hear such sad news. I have fond memories of Josh and Woody’s being my first place of employement, and employer. My thoughts and prays are with the Crews family. I had the pleasure of seeing Josh at the gathering for my ten year reunion, held at Woody’s just under a month ago. His smile and firm hand shake will forever be the way I remember him. I’m sure that he will watch down and protect those close to him, as a star that he always was in their eyes. For the family to find happiness is hard to say, but remembering his happiness will help you through these tough times.

  25. Kelli Counts says:

    I spent alot of time at the Crews household growing up and Josh was always a great beam of light. With an infectious laugh and constant smile, he has always lifted the hearts of others. He will be greatly missed.

    Scott, Mel, Matt, and Adam (along with extended family), you are in my thoughts and prayers. Josh will always be remembered in a wonderful light! Although I am far away and will not be there in person to paymy respects, please know that you all are on my mind. With Love, Kelli

  26. Marty Cass says:

    There aren’t many finer people in this world than Josh Crews. He was one of my first friends that I met when I moved down to Florida in the 6th grade. I played football with him, spent numerous nights at his house, went to the beach to bodyboard and surf together, went out to dinner with he and his wonderful family, and the list goes on and on. He was truly the life of any party and as enthusiastic as they come. From his tremendous, and often hilarious, storytelling to that great roar of laughter that unmistakengly came from his mouth, Josh always kept your interest and had a way of making you feel as important as the President. I’m so saddend by this tragedy and only wish I had spent more time with Josh recently, however I will always remember and cherish the years we shared growing up together. My deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Mr. & Mrs. Crews, Matt and Adam. Love you all and God Bless!

  27. Amanda C says:

    It’s hard to believe something like this can happen to such an amazing person. I fell in love with Josh’s personality from the moment we met and he hired me at Woody’s. I was new to town but felt like I had my own little family right there at work. The regulars, employees, Joe, Matt and especially Josh were always there to lift my spirits. I would stay hours after my shift just to hear Josh’s hillarious stories… crazy ex girlfriends, run-ins with the “law”, and great jokes :). I can picture him tripping over his words just because he’s so caught up in the story and pushing up his sleeves in the middle of each hand gesture. He’s a one of a kind! And I will always smile and shed a tear when I think of him. Can’t wait to see him again

  28. Mickey and Barbara says:

    Josh, We will both miss you soooo very much. You made our Wednesday”s worth while. It is ashame to that the Lord needed you to service him…..we will miss you. We love you Josh.
    Mickey and Barb

  29. Jason Arnett says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the Crews family. Josh was a hell of a guy and will be missed. Not fair, the good die young….

  30. Katrina says:

    Josh was such a wonderful guy! There are so many words to express him. While working with him more than half of the week for almost 2 years, I got to hear so many of his stories… especially when groups of us would be up well into the late hours listening… He was a great friend and will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts are with Matt, Adam, and the rest of the Crews family. We will all remember him in positive ways and we will all see him again someday.

  31. Paul says:

    God needed the Best Bartender we had down here on earth. Thanks for letting us have this great person if only for a short while. He will be missed by me and everyone who has been lucky enough to meet him forever.

  32. dave clair says:

    Love you Josh . You always have been a brother to me and to so many of us . So many of us go back together which seemed like years, now feels like seconds. Would never grow tired of your great smile, sense of humor and southern style. Until we meet again,,,,dc
    Thoughts and prayers to the Crews family, we love you so very much.

  33. JJ Crane says:

    this is terrible, Josh was such a great personality. We used to sit next to each other in every school function – all the way from Bunnel Elem to BTMS to FPC – when they made us sit in alphabetical order because his last name was CR__ and mine was CR__, and we would never get bored heckeling and making jokes about anything and everything thru the function…I remember one time (I think 6th grade) and Buddy Taylor actually called the two of out in front of whole school because we couldn’t stop laughing and making jokes when put two of us together in long boring functions. we also had same initials J.C., and I remember he used to joke with me a smirk “I’m the real-ass J.C., you’re the punk-ass J.C.” and that’s good example of his funny sly style of humor and wit. with that “har-haar-haaar-haaaar” deep laugh of his as he’s looking you in the eye as he’s saying something funny that you have to think about for a second to get the wit. RIP man, you were definition of say-it-how-it-is kind of person that is rare gem these days.

  34. Katherine Toker says:

    Josh, you were an amazing person. I loved every minute we spent together at work. You always had a way to make me smile, even on my worst of days. Your stories from the past always kept us laughing late into the hours of the night at Woody’s. The way you used to get so frustrated because your fingers were too big to text message. The way you used to get SO frustrated if someone interrupted your daily feast. Or how every day was an adventure with you. I know you’re smiling down on all of us now, thinking we are silly for crying, when you’re safe in heaven. You will greatly be missed Josh. Rest In Peace to a great man.

  35. Watson,my kids & Pamela says:

    Unfortunately the Good Lord seems to choose the Best of the Best to help out up there when he needs a Special person to help him out w/ a special task.No doubt that’s where U R now Josh!,making everyone smile,laugh,Be happy,feel better etc. etc.,like u did so masterfully well! I promise u buddy, there’s nobody who ever crossed your path that does not feel blessed to have shook your hand & looked U in the eye and could not help but to like U!! If your tellin any of them stories bout me up there in Heaven/ go ahead! but please don’t em all! Your WONDERFUL family will carry on ur multitude of strengths,don’t worry about that! I’m throwin a handful of wheat stalk pennies into the water off the Bluff House in Green Turtle 4 Ya soon! It was truly my pleasure, Watson,my kids & Pamela

  36. PATTEN says:

    JOSH..words can’t describe how we feel right now. We miss you terribly and would do anything to bring you back to us. why did this have to happen..we will never know..but we do know your an angel in heaven watching over all of us! I hope you know how much we all love and will miss you..and you will never ever be forgotten!!!!!!!!!!! they say the good die young….. we will celebrate the times we had with you! you will always be in our hearts… prayers to the crews family..we love you guys so much! god bless.

  37. Mari Waters Cogan says:

    What a remarkable family: Scott,Melanie, Matt,Josh & Adam. I am so sorry. I love you.
    Aunt Mari

  38. Heather Badger says:

    Josh was a wonderful person who touched so many. His smile alone could melt your heart! The Badger Family will deeply miss you…. we will keep the Crews family close in prayers. WE LOVE YOU JOSH!!

  39. SHIPWREK says:

    My regards and sympathies to the Crews family in this time of great loss. It seems only the good die young. Josh was such an uplifting person to be around. He is missed tremendously!!!!!

  40. Bianca Pineda says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with the Crews family during this difficult time. Josh was a wonderful person, and he will be truly missed.

  41. Michelle Clair says:

    Josh was such a joy to be around. Such a sweet, southern gentelman. My heart goes out to his wonderful family, I am so sorry for your pain.
    I believe that God loved Josh so much that he took him, so that he could enjoy him in heaven.
    RIP Josh, until we meet again.

  42. Big Mike and Cheryl says:

    “As the days will soon come and go and the world moves on..I know you’re still here, you’ll never be gone. On the night the angel came and took your hand, we cried as you left for an unknown land..but heaven rejoiced as you came into sight, for your soul was a diamond shining so bright..”
    We are deeply saddened by this shocking news of such a beautiful person whom we have come to love and adore. Josh was a great friend who was sure to put a smile on your face no matter what! We will always have a special place for you Josh in our hearts and memories. Our deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the Crews family at this time.
    God Bless.

  43. Gina Andrews says:

    Josh, I don’t know what to say or what to do. I do know we all wish you were still here with us. I closed my eyes the other night and guess what I saw? I saw your big bright BEAUTIFUL smile shining back at me =) And now I know you’ll be with me forevermore..but i still have to ask myself: God what did you take him for? I can’t quit thinking of you and how it’s just not fair! I must keep saying to myself you’re in God’s arms now and in my heart i’ll see you again someday, somehow. I’m going to miss you Josh with each passing day..God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way….RIP Josh you will forever be in my heart < were such a special person with a beautiful soul and I know heaven is rejoicing now that you are there.. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Crews family at this difficult time..God Bless

  44. Natalie Stribling says:

    i am so saddened to hear of the loss of such an amazing person he will truly be missed. i am such in a shocked state that it is hard to believe right now…..josh was such an amazing person and would make just about anyone smile and light there day. i waitressed at woody’s bbq when it first opened and he made everyday a joy / fun to actually be at work….. my heart / thoughts / prayers go out to pappa crews and the family i am truly sorry for your loss and he will truly be missed …

  45. rob says:

    I think all of Flagler County has been crying this week…what a lot of lives to touch in just 34 years. Josh, you will be missed by more people than you can imagine. My thoughts and prayers to the Crews family, Jamie and to Jamie’s family. This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the fun memories of a truly one of a kind fellow. Your laughter will echo in Flagler for eternity.

  46. Corky and Eileen says:

    Wednesday Woody’s Nights just won’t be the same without Josh.
    Our thoughts are very much with the Crews family, and with Jamie’s family as well.
    Corky and Eileen

  47. Amber King Sgro says:

    To my Uncle Scotty, Aunt Mel, Matthew, and Adam,
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of a cousin and a childhood friend..I can only remember the fun times we shared at Grammas house as kids. I pray for the Lord’s peace to be with you, your family and all of the people who were blessed by his friendship. He now sits at the foot of the throne surrounded by the one’s we love and have lost along the way. Heaven is rejoicing and celebrating today at the arrival of it’s newest angel. To Josh, may you rest in peace, we will meet again someday…

  48. Suzanne Betz says:

    A most handsome man with the booming voice, biggest smile, most incredible laugh u can imagine has been taken from us. Snackjack’s and the entire county of Flager will miss you dearly. You will be loved and remembered for eternity!

  49. From this side of the King family, I just want you Scotty and Mel to know that I share your heartache and grief as it were my own. You have survived a parents worst fears. I know that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, our God in all his mercifullness will somehow see the two of you through this terrible tragedy.It was in the early 1970’s…I can’t remember the exact year, when Scott and Mel were still living in the country, Scott hired me to do some work around his house. I don’t exactly know how old Matthew was, but I can remember Joshie so vividly. He was about three years old, and whatever I was doing was something completely out of the norm for him. So therefore, everywhere I went, he followed. I will never forget him out on the deck, with his little tricycle, singing just as plain as day “Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.” I guess that’s the way that I will always remember this fine young man.
    The next time I saw Josh was at Woody’s, as a grown man, after our mother had been so sick, we all stopped in after a family get together, and Josh came to the table, and visited with our mother and all of us.
    He was certainly an attribute to his mother and father, and any parent would have been proud to have such a son.
    All I can add to this would be to those that are saved and know the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, you know that Josh is now with his greatgrandmother, my mother, and all those that have gone on before him. He is truly dancing around the throne. We grieve for ourselves at such a tremendous loss, but we know where Josh is.
    Scotty,Melanie, Matthew, and Adam…My heart is with you and I will continue to pray ceaselessly for you all.

  50. TBoom says:

    I always called Josh Crews a living legend and he would always agree. Josh made you be a better person by just being around him. He had the highest character of anybody I’ve ever met in my life and he could charm the skin off of a rattlesnake with just a few words. Josh was taken from us way too early but if you’ve had the privilege of hearing some of his stories, you’d think he lived two lifetimes. The legend of Josh Crews will never be forgotten.

    RIP good buddy

  51. anonymous says:

    this is really sad luvv goes to the crews family

  52. Lindsey Green says:

    Horrible devastation. The Crews family played a huge role and my adolescence, especially Josh and all the great advice that he threw my way. I will truely miss this genuine man. My love goes out to the Crews family and my Woody’s family. I love you all. Wish I could be there.

    XO Lean Mean Lindsey Green (as Josh and Adam would say)

  53. Lisa Tanner says:

    It’s really amazing how Josh made everyone he was associated with on a regular basis feel like they were so important that EVERYONE felt close to him. It is a quality that few people are able to cultivate with any success and such finesses as Josh has. I am inspired by Josh to be a better friend to the people around me and to make an effort to do a better job of keeping in touch with people back home.
    I remember being out with him one night and asked him if he had his cell phone with him and he laughed and asked me something along the lines of “WHAT?! Do I look important enough to you that I need to carry a phone with me to go out and have a beer?!” And the answer is, well yeah, that’s why I asked! I sure as heck hadn’t brought mine!
    Though I am deeply saddened that he is no longer gracing us with his presence I feel fortunate to have known a person of his caliber and amazing wit and will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to have been close to him. There is one thing for sure though, you don’t meet people like Josh too often and God broke the mold after he made Josh. =)

  54. Erin & Chris Poggi says:

    We just received the news about Josh’s passing. This is so sad. My fiance worked with him at Woody’s and he indeed could make everyone laugh and light up a room. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his many friends and his family. <3

  55. Rebecca Forrest says:

    Wow. Here’s my immediate first thought of Josh ….. So there we were in Mrs. Lafevre’s class, 7th or 8th grade I think, Josh falls asleep in class, Craig A. and Paul M. try to save him, but Lafevre gets to him first. His penance is to read alound the poem we’re about to go over. How does he handle it??? He sings the damn thing, all 17 stanzas of it, and loves every minute of it. “And the highwayman came riding, riding, riding. The highway man came riding, up to the old inn door.” What a great guy; what a great loss.

  56. Willy Laundrie says:

    Josh was the type of person that you remember every encounter you had with him. I rented the small apartment under his beach house years ago. I will never forget the stories, and advice I took from that beach apartment when I left. Im truly lucky to have known the Crews famly and Josh.

  57. Scott and Melanie…
    What a beautiful service and a wonderful send-off for Joshua.
    I know that in the days to come, you both will have to deal with a tremendous grief that is beyond my comprehension. But I know that both of you stand in the shadow of our God’s wings, and he will forever be with you, to comfort and counsel…But i’m not telling you anything that you don’t already know.
    I guess the hardest thing I had to endure was the loss of Hal, because we had become so close the last ten years of his life. But with the help of our Dear Jesus, I coped, and was able to move forward.
    My mother, I never grieved for, because she was in a physical shape that she hated to endure, and I know that when the angels came for her in the night, she leapt from that bed, laughing and rejoicing all the way!
    Now she can visit with Josh again, and Scotty, if there’s a stove in heaven, I’ll betcha Josh gets a Strawberry cake! And he gets to see Gramma again.He’ll have lots of company, as you both know.
    My only regret is that I have been so far away for so long, that I have never gotten a chance to really know your boys, and I am truly sorry for that. I know that they are all fine boys, because they came from the finest stock.If ever there is anything that I can do for either of you, or you just need someone to pray with, please call me.(813)239-6351. This is my cell, and it’s on 24/7.
    I just want you to know that I love you both and be blessed,

  58. Sheehan Family says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Crews family. Melanie, Scott, Matt, and Adam,
    Josh will be remembered as one of the family, always there to make someone
    smile when they needed it most. Now he can make God smile upon all of us.

  59. Beatriz Vidal says:

    This is so heartbreaking. Mr & Mrs Crews, Matt & Adam … I am SO VERY SORRY for this horrible tragedy; you are in my prayers. Mr and Mrs Crews ~ you raised such a wonderful man. Josh was such a kind person and kind spirit. Matt & Adam … I’m sorry for the loss of your brother. He will never be forgotten.

  60. Big Joe - Pgh says:

    Josh was a great bartender with a great smile and personality! He was always kind and respectful. I always looked forward to seeing him after golf on Weds. He had a wit and was quick with a drink. I’m sure he will be missed by many!

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