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Joshua Paul Betts

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Joshua Paul Betts, 23 SCARBOROUGH -- Joshua Paul Betts, 23, of Scarborough, died unexpectedly, on March 7, 2009. He was born on June 13, 1985, in Houghton, Mich., the son of John E. and Donna M. (Parent) Betts. Josh was a 2004 honors graduate from Scarborough High School. He attended SMCC, graduating in 2008 with an Associates degree, was a nationally certified EMT and was furthering his education at USM. Josh enjoyed creating and listening to music and playing video games. He loved being in nature, camping, and hanging out with his friends as often as he could. Josh was a giving, loving person, a good listener and enjoyed talking about making life better for people. He had a special place in his heart for his pets, Ginger, Frank and Count Chocula. Josh is survived by his parents, John E. Betts of Dannemora, NY. and Donna M. Betts of Scarborough; his brother, Lucas J. Betts of Scarborough; a stepmother, Dianna Betts of Dannemora, N.Y.; a paternal grandmother, Shirley Betts of Queensbury, N.Y., two maternal grandparents, Lorne and Ancilla Parent of Cape Elizabeth; a paternal aunt and uncle, Susan and Peter Elia of Pittsford, N.Y., three maternal aunts and uncles, Lorna and Fletcher Missud of Wells, Jennifer and Eric Giguere of Westbrook, Douglas and Annette Parent of Westborough, Mass.; 10 cousins; his two best friends, Max Blumenthal and Corinne Bonica and many other friends. Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Rd., Scarborough. A reception will follow at St. Maximilian Kolbe reception hall. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joshua's name to: The Scarborough Land Conservation Trust P.O. Box 1237 Scarborough, Maine 04070-1237 because he loved being in Sewell Woods or the Wilton Police Department P.O. Box 541 Wilton, Maine 04294 in gratitude for their professionalism and compassion for Josh's family. Joshua Paul Betts

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 11, 2009
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