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June 8, 2014

Friends, family remember Joshua Ormsby

PERU — Joshua Ormsby loved being a dad.

“Since his son was born, that was his life,” Ormsby’s first cousin Keith Lamoy said on Saturday. 

“His son was everything to him.”

Ormsby, 26, died Friday after his motorcycle struck the rear axle of a logging trailer pulled by a truck on Route 22B in Schuyler Falls.

At about 4:45 p.m., truck driver Jeffrey Cross, 55, of Cadyville, was traveling northward and began turning west onto Flatrock Road, according to Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. William Dominy. 

Ormsby, riding a black 1999 Honda motorcycle, hit the unloaded trailer, he said.

The Peru man, who was thrown from the bike, died at CVPH Medical Center at 5:16 p.m., the sergeant said.

Cross was not injured, authorities said.

The accident remained under investigation Saturday.

Lamoy believed Ormsby was on his way home at the time.


Ormsby, 26, was engaged to Liz Mahan; his son, Jace, turned 1 year old in May.

“Family to him is sacred,” said Lamoy, who grew up with the Peru man. “He’d do anything for anyone in his family.” 

And, he said, “if you were close to him, you were part of his family.”

Keith’s brother, Craig Lamoy, said that Ormsby was “a very kindhearted person. We were pretty close.

“He was like a brother to me, even though we were cousins by blood.”


Ormsby worked for the family business, his father’s trucking and excavation company Ormsby Trucking, Keith said.

Keith recalled him as “sincere in everything he did.”

Growing up with him, Keith remembered Ormsby as always “charismatic,” with “a passion for being with his friends all the time.

“He had the type of laughter that is really contagious,” he said, “a deep, heartfelt giggle.” 

He and his wife, Becky, said that Ormsby lived for adrenaline and lived his life to the fullest.

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