Joshua Andrew Heinz, age 31, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Josh was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and moved to Jacksonville at the early age of 2. "Big Josh" is the son of Jim and Mary Ann Heinz of Jacksonville. He is survived by his parents; sister, Jennifer Heinz D'Amico, and her husband, Richard; brother, Ryan Heinz, and one niece, Peyton D'Amico. He is also survived by his grandfather, Frank Heinz of Largo, Fl and his wife, Wanda. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Myrtle Heinz, of Largo, Fl and grandparents Kathryn and Joe Snyder of Vincennes, IN. In addition, he is survived by many other cousins, family and friends. Josh was a 2001 graduate of Episcopal High School and a 2011 graduate of The University of Florida.
Josh was a gregarious people-lover who lived life to the fullest. He was known for being a kind, caring person with a huge heart. Josh was particularly proud of his dog and companion, Jackson, whom he trained to be a United States Service Dog. His niece and goddaughter, Peyton, brought abundant joy into his life and he especially enjoyed making her laugh and smile frequently. He was a tremendous fan of the Florida Gators and was passionate about rooting on the Gators in football and basketball. In his free time he enjoyed golf, jogging, working out, spending time with Jackson at the dog park and loved being with family and friends.
The family will receive Josh's friends and family on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:30 pm at Hardage-Giddens, Hendricks Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church located at 9800 Baymeadows Road with Fr. Tim Cusick as celebrant. Interment will immediately follow at Oaklawn Cemetery located at 4801 San Jose Boulevard.
In lieu of flowers and in Josh's honor, the family is requesting donations be made to Paws Park, a local dog park in Jacksonville Beach. Donations may be made online at www.pawsparkjaxbeach.com
or by mail.
Words of comfort can be left at www.hardage-giddenshendricksave.com
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207. (904) 346-3808.