Found Art, Lost Son

In memory of Josh Sinoway.

Lost sons and shooting stars–bright, beautiful, and too brief.

One neighbor to another, we cupped our hands around the news and gently released bits of broken star from one palm to the next until

Posted beside the invitation to a celebration (joyous notice of another year spinning the son of another mother further from the womb), posted beneath the proclamation of something Lost (that someone somewhere hopes will come home), pressed against the wooden boards that bares the soul of our small place is this…

A tribute to a blazing star that lost his way.


UPDATE: Here is a link to his Obituary.



  • Please let us know what happened. If this is the Josh I know we went to school together at South Fork, class of 1996. So many things have happened to the love ones of that year it breaks my heart. Thank you

  • Thank you Kym. That was beautiful. There is NOTHING as shattering as the loss of a child. My heart goes out to Molly, Ron and Hannah.

  • I’m not sure when Josh was at South Fork High School but 1996 seems the right year for his graduation.

    At this point, I don’t know what happened other than the son of two wonderful parents died. My throat squeezes tight thinking of their pain.

  • The pain of losing a child is one a parent should never experience. My heart truly goes out to his family.

  • I cannot imagine losing one of my children. HOw horrible!

  • Too many people losing sons and daughters one way or another these days.

  • Hello Kym

    I may have known him. Please pass on any information as you get it.

    Have a peaceful day,

  • I heard it was a quad accident – but I’m not certain if it’s the same person.

  • It is very touching and appropriate that this be on a bulletin board where lost items are posted. Very sad indeed, whatever the cause.

  • To the best of my knowledge, Josh was found at his apartment in Eureka. I understand there was a death in Miranda recently and that may have been the quad accident but the two incidents are unrelated.

  • ..and I was almost getting worked up about a missing cat…

    So sad. And that the wind keeps stirring newly opened blossoms, is the hardest part for me to grasp. In the face of such loss and change it seems like the noise and flurry would just stop, but it doesn’t.

  • Just because someone else has a greater sorrow doesn’t make yours go away.

    But I think we all feel a little of this.

    The whole community seems to be walking in a fog. It is hard to believe another beautiful young man is gone.

  • Yes, this is the Josh Sinoway that went to South Fork and graduated in 1996 or 1997. He died from a drug overdose.

  • To Josh’s Parents:

    I want you to know that your son had friends. He did not die without friends. There are lots of people on the streets of Eureka who liked the sparkle he had within him.

    have a peaceful day,

  • He was a shining star indeed. My partner always enjoyed his conversations–bright and far ranging and intense. Once when Josh was cycling pretty high he took my partner off to the playground for a quick intense game of hoop shooting. Now, my intellectual darling is not young, only young in heart, but they kept up together and ended up laughing.
    I’d see him sometimes on the Plaza when we were up delivering our newspaper, and he’d always stop for a moment, whatever else was happening in his mind.
    I am so sad he has passed, and so glad he passed through our lives. My youngest (who has Down Syndrome) really liked him. And for me, oddly, that is always a sign of a very clear hearted soul.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your feelings and memories about Josh. I will make sure to pass them on to his parents.

  • I cant really express how much I miss and love josh. I have missed him for many years and have gotten used to the emptiness. His humor was as vibrant and contagious as it gets. I always thought we would have more time and isn’t that always the way it goes. We love you josh where ever the universe has taken you and hope that more peace and comfort will fall upon you where you are now than did in this life.

  • Please tell his parents how many people will miss him. I rememberd him as a sweet and loving person. I am sure that they are in terrible pain. Please send them our love and tell them what a great gift to the world.

  • I so love how the young people know to tell the parents that their son was loved and is missed.

  • It’s really hard to believe, and I haven’t really quite felt right for about a week or two. Really, i don’t want to believe that it is true. He was one of my best friends and I always hoped that he would conquer all of which plagued him. A true one of a kind, but it was too early for him. He still had so much to contribute to the world. Quite an unfortunate loss. Sorry, buddy. I didn’t even say goodbye that last time I saw you, but we shared lots of good moments, I just wish that we could have had more.

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