Joshua Baez, age 23, of South Elgin, IL, passed away on February 5, 2022. He was born December 14, 1998 in Orlando, FL to his loving parents, Erie “Eric” Burgos and Marcy Baez Lopez.

Josh graduated from Perryville High School, Class of 2017, in Maryland. He attended Elgin Community College from 2018-2019, and was planning on going back this summer.

Josh worked as a car wash attendant at Everclean in Hanover Park and at Rainstorm in East Dundee. Between shifts, he made deliveries for DoorDash. He was also a web designer, graphic designer, and multi-media producer, and did video production and 3D design. On occasion, he would also do some music production, making beats. He was a very hard worker, always going above and beyond what was asked of him, and very determined and enduring.

Josh was very energetic, passionate, caring, respectful, light-hearted, creative, and playful. He had a gentle, friendly, welcoming, social, and loving heart. He was family oriented, and deeply loved his baby brother, mom, and all of his family and friends. He also extended this love to strangers and enemies alike. He was humble and forgiving, selfless and accepting of others.

Josh enjoyed playing on his Xbox, and connecting with the online community. He was a clan founder and event organizer, and spent many hours creating maps. His number one game of choice was Halo. He was also an artist and writer, and an excellent story teller. He loved watching anime, listening to music, and dancing.

Most recently, Josh was becoming a car enthusiast. Some of his fondest memories were of getting his license and his first car, and getting his new job at Everclean. And one of his best memories was when he and his family moved from Maryland to Illinois, and he made his first friend in Illinois, Anoop.

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” John 15:12 (NLT)

Josh was deeply spiritual. He was an active member of The Well in Geneva, IL, and his mission in life was loving and serving Christ, and walking with integrity with God.

Josh was preceded in death by his beloved family cat, Junebug; and unborn sibling, Daniel Lopez. He is survived by his parents, Eric (Virginia) Burgos of Florida and Marcy (Vince) Bachelor of Illinois; siblings, Angel and Blessing Ayala of Maryland, Gabriel Lopez of Illinois, and Bradley Bachelor of Illinois; grandparents, Miguel (Geraldine) Baez of New Jersey, Annette Lopez of Florida, Maria Ralat of Puerto Rico, and Heriberto Burgos of New Jersey; aunts and uncles, Miguel “Micky” (Vanessa) Baez of New Jersey, Nicholas Baez of Massachusetts, Ernie Baez of Florida, Jeremiah Perez of New Jersey, Jesus Baez of Italy; Destiny Torres of Florida, Sadie Baez of New Jersey, and Allen Vargas of New York; and cousins, Aliza Baez, Johnathan Baez, Elisa Baez, and Matthew Baez.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Friday, February 18, 2022 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 876 0571 8902, Password: 340598).

Funeral service will be 10:30am, Saturday, February 19, 2022 at The Well, 33W835 Cherry Lane (near Cougar Stadium), Geneva, IL 60134.

Interment to follow at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60120.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

9 Replies to “Joshua Baez”

  1. God loves you, and he has a track record of doing exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask, think, or even imagine.
    We love you Joshua Baez rest in paradise
    Grandma Annette and your aunt Distiny

  2. God….said I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, they will live. And everyone who lives and believes in me, will never die.

    Joshua Baez- may god’s hope-filled promises bring comfort to your soul and peace to your heart.
    You are loved just know that
    David Garcia , Jessica guillot, Milagros Garcia-guillot ,Isreal Guillot, Luis guillot

  3. Ok. I will share. I’m so touched and honored to be included and sharing the love with everyone …Joshua Baez, I’m honored to share how much you have impacted me in my present today and to know what even in your after life you are continuing to accomplish …. A beautiful Angel who continues to remind us what is important, life, our hearts and family united sharing body mind and spirituality while touching those he never met but who’s hearts he’s touching now, a life relatable and precious reminding us that what you’re passionate about is important and to give your all for tomorrow is never promised but today you can change the way you view your blessings, and challenges… love is eternal… gone but never forgotten, RIP Joshua, a mentor, friend, son and so much more. ❤️

  4. I did not personally know Joshua but listening to his story and hearing about me saddens me for his family. He without a single doubt was an intelligent, caring spontaneous and wonderful person who has touched the hearts of many people. May god help this family in their time of healing and may joshuas legacy live on ❤️

    1. With Heavy Heart I didn’t have the privilege to live close to My cousin and her dearest Son Joshua and family. To Know Joshua is Know his mom who I grew up with very closely.
      When I hear the things said about him I see they both share many Beautiful traits.
      I’m praying for my Dearest Cousin and Family to have Strength and Healing to live Joshua’s life through their spirit with the hope in our Lord Jesús Christ who gives Eternal life this is not the end.❤️🙏❤️
      Revelation 21:4
      ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
      Love you Marcy your family will be in my prayers🙏🙏🙏

  5. He seemed like an amazing young man, full of life that seemed to inspire others. I only remember him as a baby and little boy. You never know how someone will turn out but I see that he wanted to live an above normal life, and he turned out extraordinary. He had an abundance of talent and workmanship. You will always be in everyone’s memory and shine upon us.

  6. Bestfriend gone to soon, but never forgotten. You was the most loving, and caring, and kind hearted guy, and friend anyone could ask for in there life, and I’m glad that I was to share, and build so many memories with u through out all those years before u passed. Bestie I will forever cherish every memory, and moment we shared together. I truly miss u with all my heart, and wish u was here still. I didn’t get to say goodbye, and it breaks my heart, but I know u are in a better place now called heaven, and I know Jesus will be taking good care of u up there, and u are watching over me. I know heaven has gained an incredible angel because it’s u. Josh you will forever be in my heart, and never forgotten. My heart achs everyday for u. You were the only true bestfriend I had. I feel like I losted a piece of me when u lefted, and went to heaven. I love u bestfriend forever, and always. Rest in peace my bestfriend.

  7. Sorry for the loss of Josh I didn’t know him but from what I’m hearing you was a cool guy I appreciate you always looking after skyla and thank you for giving her the life that she never had Josh you have earn my respect even though your in a beautiful place called heaven sucks you had to leave so soon I would of like to go to know you and hung out with you man they say the good die young and you was deffially way to young to leave this earth you had your whole life ahead of you. Skyla has told me many and many of story’s from you too she really misses you Josh may you Rest In Peace and keep us safe I promise you she will never ever be hurt again I promise to give her the world I promise to cherrrish her and treat her like a queen I promise to build her up I promise to always treat her right and I promise that with all my ❤️ My condolences to you and your family Josh we will cherish your memories and life for eternity

  8. The time I got to know u by being friends with my daughters, was amazing, you were a wonderful person to know. You were a good hearted person to have in our life and it’s so hard to loose a great young man like you, but you in a better place looking down on us all and watching over us you will never be forgotten always in our hearts forever, fly high the angel you are R.I.P

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