A lover of peanut butter cups and the healing power of Epsom salt baths, Joshua Andrew Ogden (pictured on right), 26, of Colchester, died suddenly Thursday, April 5, 2018. Born May 11, 1991, in Farmington, he, along with his identical twin, Aaron, was the son of David and Gwendolyn (Getzke) Ogden of Colchester. Josh was a 2009 graduate of Bacon Academy in Colchester, where he had played both football and basketball. He loved “mellowness” and cultivating a little vegetable garden in his backyard, where he also used his own money to build a fence to keep the family dog safe. Josh aspired to one day establish a farm. Most recently, he was proud and enthusiastic about his career as a Blackjack Dealer at Foxwoods, where he earned multiple Five Star Customer Service Awards and made many new friends as well. Josh was a quiet, low-key yet skilled dealer, who handled even the most difficult players with great ease. There was never a problem on his tables. Josh was a man of heart and he never stopped trying to lead a healthy life. His last text to his father reflected that: “I need to stay the path.” He was a proud member of UAW Local 2121. He loved his brothers and his whole family. Josh and his twin were apart only eight days during the 26 years of his life. He also loved Poet’s Island in Maine, taking care of his grandmother’s cat, music, creative writing, and checkmate in a game of chess. The cause of death was injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. In addition to his twin, Aaron, and his parents, of Colchester; he leaves a brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Aarthi Ogden of Staten Island, NY; his grandmother, Ruth Woodcock of Glastonbury; his grandpa, Donald Getzke of Newark Valley, NY; his longtime girlfriend, Stephanie Mikan of Colchester; his beloved Canadian Eskimo dog, Akia; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his grandmother Helen Dickinson Getzke of Owego, NY. The family will receive guests from 4 – 7 pm Monday, April 9th at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Road, Colchester. A Service celebrating his life will be observed at 6:30 pm during the visitation. He will be laid to rest at 2 pm Tuesday, April 10th in the Old Church Cemetery, 1361 Main Street (rear of the Audubon) in South Glastonbury with his late grandfather, Hugh Ogden. Friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Josh’s name may be made online at www.rlht.org, www.norml.org or to the charity of one’s choice. For online condolences, please visit www.auroramccarthyfuneralhome.com.
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