JEFFERSON-Joshua Meghoo had a rare talent.
No matter what kind of mood had befallen a person on any particular day, he could instantly transform their demeanor from a drooping frown to a beaming smile in just a matter of seconds.
This glowing personality did not go unnoticed to his fellow employees at Boondocks Brewery and Restaurant in West Jefferson.
“Josh had a great sense of humor; he liked to joke around a lot,” said coworker and friend Josselyn Lucas. “He was just one of the most kindest people I have ever known. He was a friend to every type of person and was not at all judgmental. Everyone who knew Josh loved him and considered him a friend.”
There wasn’t much that could dampen his spirit, said Lucas.
He enjoyed every second of life with gusto and knew when to pause to enjoy the simpler things like a sunset or hike at Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area.
In fact, the mountain was one of his favorite hang-out spots growing up.
Whenever time allowed, Meghoo would jump on his sport bike or strap himself into his souped-up sports car for a drive to the mountain’s peak for a walk or photo shoot session. The mountain was where he found peace and serenity.
Even with his passing, those closest to Meghoo knew a part of him stayed behind on the mountain’s soul defining peaks.
When news of his sudden death reached his coworkers and friends last year, they almost immediately decided how they would honor such a unique and special person. After months of collecting donations, those closest to him and those who have just changed a passing smile or wave had saved enough to purchase a bench and plaque to honor Meghoo.
It is scheduled to be placed at the first overlook at the park this week.
“I came up with the idea to do this when I found out that I had an obligation and couldn’t make it to his funeral,” said Lucas, who spearheaded the idea. “I was very upset about that. After talking to a close friend, I decided that I could still pay my respects by putting up a memorial in his honor, so I gathered a group of friends and started raising money.”
Lucas said the park’s staff was very open to the idea of the memorial and helped the group go through the proper channels in asking for the state’s permission in Raleigh.
She believes it is the least she could do for someone who did some much for so many others during his time here on Earth.
“He was the type of person that if you were having a bad day, he would come and joke with you and instantly cheer you up,” she said. “He was just a really good, kind person.”
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