Joshua Clarke Wetmore died on February 17, 2022, from pneumonia in Boulder, Colorado. Joshua had a kind and tender heart, and he would share what he had with anyone who asked.

Joshua was born on December 3, 1973, in Rochester, New York, the first child of Marc Wetmore and Joanne Tubbs Wetmore. As a kid, Joshua had more energy than 10 of his friends combined, and he was incredibly creative. We used to tease that Joshua was the only kid on the block who had 27 different ways to carry a bag of groceries in from the car – without using his hands. He attended schools in Williamson, New York; Morgan Hill, California; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania.

In high school, Joshua ran cross country, and he studied computer-aided design at Monroe Community College in Pennsylvania.

In his 20s, Joshua worked on various construction projects, his favorite of which was building playgrounds in Colorado. He loved Metallica and was a champion of the Eskimo roll in his kayak.

Joshua had his first psychotic break when he was in his early 20s, and as schizophrenia took hold, he struggled with life. He was in and out of hospitals for much of his adult life.

Joshua is survived by his father, Marc (Andrea) Wetmore of Rochester, New York; his mother, Joanne Tubbs Kelly of Boulder, Colorado; and his sister, Sarah (Candace) Dufoe of Petersburg, New York; along with a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Donations in Joshua’s memory may be sent to the National Alliance on Mental illness (nami.org).

8 thoughts on “Joshua Clarke Wetmore”

  1. Dear Joanne, Marc, Sarah and families —

    I am so sorry to learn of your loss of dear Josh. I knew him well during his earliest years. I am lucky to have memories of him that I can treasure. He taught me how to watch Sesame Street and how to be a kinder human. I’m saddened that he has left us so early, but relieved that his struggle has ended.

    Peace.

  2. Dear Joanne and Sarah
    I am so saddened by this news. I haven’t seen Josh in several years but remember fondly of summers at the lake house when he was a teenager and Erin was little. He was always so creative, happy and fun. I remember him playing with little Erin in the sweetest way. Love, Kathleen

  3. Dear Joanne,
    We remember many nights of playing Bridge and “pass the baby”. Josh was an inquisitive and very active young boy and a joy to be with. We are saddened to hear of his passing. Our hearts go out to you, Sarah and your entire family.
    Karen and Will

  4. Dear Joanne,
    I am so sorry to hear of Joshua’s death, and my heart goes out to you and your family. Sending prayers for your peace and the hope that you will be sustained by love.

    Deep blessings,
    Martie

  5. Dear Joanne,
    Learning of Josh’s death, my heart aches. Not having met Josh so briefly, I do know the profound impact his life has had on you. Mental illness robs our loved ones of a different life than we might have imagined for them. And our lives are changed as well.
    I appreciate all that you have done to bring awareness as well as given help for him in his later years. I do hope that you have or will see the broad scope of a life which included the challenges and the joys and wonders.
    Blessings to you and your family in this time of grief and storytelling.
    Alan Johnson.

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