HALIFAX – A 26-year-old man from Summerside died Saturday during a trail run in Nova Scotia.
Josh Grady, who, according to RCMP, is currently living in Maitland, N.S., collapsed during the Salomon Cuddly Coyote IV Trail Running Race in St. Margaret’s Bay.
The exact cause of death is still unknown, but the RCMP have stated that it does not suspect foul play.
A media spokesman with the Nova Scotia RCMP said witnesses saw Grady running up a steep incline of the trail before collapsing.
No further information was available from the RCMP.
An organizer with the trail run declined to comment before they had personally spoken with Grady’s family.
According to people who knew Grady, his family is in shock at his sudden passing and are busy preparing for his funeral.
Grady himself was well known in Summerside. He had been a long-time barista at Samuel’s Coffee House on Water Street and was a near constant presence in the busy café.
Members of the staff at Samuel’s declined to comment, though they said Grady’s passing had hit them hard.
The coffee shop didn’t open Monday, instead it had an open house in the afternoon and welcomed the public to come and remember Grady.
Local social media was flooded with an outpouring of grief throughout the long weekend. Many changed their profile photos to show Grady over the years.
Their comments reflected an honest, quiet and friendly young man who left an impression on others.
Grady’s funeral arrangements are being handled by the East Prince Funeral Home. He will be resting there until Thursday Oct. 17. His funeral service will be Oct. 17 at Trinity United Church in Summerside at 1 p.m.