Joshua Matthew Greiner, 19, died unexpectedly Jan. 17, 2010, in Rockland.

Born in Rockport on Oct. 29, 1990, he was the son of Eric R. and MaryAnn Polky Greiner. Growing up on the Polky Farm, he was homeschooled and learned many practical life lessons from his parents and grandparents. Josh had a very close relationship with his grandfather, Robert J. Polky.

As part of his continuing education, Josh completed the Residential Carpentry Program at Midcoast School of Technology. While still in high school, he began working as a carpenter with Daggett Builders in Cushing. He later worked with Duvall Design in West Rockport and more recently with Eastern Construction in Thomaston.

He loved the outdoors, camping, hunting and his trucks. Josh was fiercely loyal to his friends. He could be counted on as a lifelong friend and enjoyed hanging out with them, whether just sitting watching the traffic go by or swimming in the brook.

The consummate big brother, he enjoyed playing video games with and was protective of his younger brother, Daniel.

A Maine boy through and through, although he had visited other places, he was happiest at home. Josh expressed his creativity in fine woodworking and photography. He loved children and as a typical teen, loved to eat, especially his mother’s cooking.

As a youth, he attended Spruce Head Community Church.

Josh was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Harold E. Greiner in 2004, and his maternal grandfather, Robert J. Polky in 1997.

Besides his parents with whom he resided, he is survived by a brother, Daniel I. Greiner of Spruce Head; a sister, Abby R. Ray and her husband, James, of Baton Rouge, La.; his maternal grandmother, Joan Polky Thomas and her husband, Arthur, of Topeka, Kan.; his paternal grandmother, Vivian A. Greiner of Seminole, Fla.; two aunts, Susan E. Polky and her husband, Randy Harvey, of Spruce Head, Linda D. Mack and her husband, Lawrence, of Augusta; two uncles, Jonathan R. Polky of Manchester and Scott O. Greiner and his wife, Margaret, of Mesa, Ariz.; as well as several cousins.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit with Josh’s family Thursday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Arthur Hill will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage, 2085 Crystal River Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80915 or at

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