Joshua David BlacksmithMarch 27, 1995 ~ September 11, 2017 (age 22)
Josh passed away, on September 11, 2017, following a lifelong battle with several medical problems, global delays, and renal failure. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whom Josh had touched throughout his short, yet very memorable life.
Josh was a determined, intelligent, inquisitive young man who loved being around others. He enjoyed the time that he spent at The Children’s Institute’s Day School Program in Squirrel Hill where he conquered various physical obstacles over the years. After graduation, he attended the Milestone Program in Monroeville where he continued to make progress attaining various goals. Josh impacted those around him in an incredibly special way with his unique personality. He brought joy to those around him with his fantastic smile, great sense of humor, and an infectious laugh.
Josh’s favorite activity was watching videos, primarily Mary Poppins. He also enjoyed taking wagon rides with his brother Luke, playing with his musical toys, and looking at pictures of family and friends. Josh is safely home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is now free from the shackles of this earthly life. We will see you again sweet boy and we will rejoice!! Josh is survived by his loving and devoted parents. William IV and Debra (Bowser) Blacksmith. Brothers; Matthew and Luke Blacksmith. Maternal grandparents; John and Helen Bowser and Rev. Dr. William III and Linda Blacksmith. Nephew of Kara (John) Boyer, Beth (Ed) Bracken and Rick (Brenda) Fleming. Also survived by numerous cousins. A celebration of Josh's Life will be held on Saturday September 23rd at 11:00 Am in Monroeville Assembly of God (the family will receive guest starting at 10 Am). In lieu of flowers donations made me made to; The Day School at Children's Institute 1405 Shady Ave Pittsburgh Pa 15217. Alfieri Funeral Home Inc. Wilmerding Pa 412-824-4332 was entrusted with arrangements.