“He was one of those infectious kind of people who you just enjoy being with,” said Deacon Claude Lester.
Sadness, along with much love for the late Deputy Josh Shaver was obvious today. Hundreds of people – police, friends, and loved ones – gathered at this funeral – remembering a life taken too soon.
Josh was a guy that was focused on what he did, very good at what he did, and stayed positive at what he did, which is difficult in this line of work as you can imagine.
Chief Deputy John Storer, from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office – worked with Shaver for years.
He says, shaver was always a hard worker, but he always put his family first – not just his wife and two daughter, but his fellow officers as well.
“And he truly believed, which is very true, that we all come together as a family in a situation like this. And little did he know that soon it was going to be coming back for him unfortunately,” said Chief Storer.
Assemblyman Brian Kolb also attended the funeral; having known josh for about 14 years – and also being his neighbor. Kolb says the loss of Shaver, is a hard hit to the community.
“And that’s something that I think pulls on everybody’s heart strings. When you see a young family suffering the loss of their father, husband, brother and son.. and that’s what’s really tough today,”said Assemblyman Brain Kolb.
There wasn’t a dry eye during the service, but Deacon Claude reminded everyone to keep the memory of Shaver alive – so he will always be with them.
“I think that he’s looking down on us and saying ‘yes thank you,’ but with great humility and a twinkle in his eye and maybe even a sense of a tear in his eye more saying “i didn’t realize i meant that much to you.”