In Memoriam: Joshua Joel Nugent

In Memoriam: Joshua Joel Nugent
Joshua Joel Nugent, May 29, 1977 – Jan. 10, 2020

May 29, 1977 – Jan. 10, 2020

The real estate agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Florida Network were shocked to learn of the passing of their 42-year-old colleague Joshua Joel Nugent on Jan. 10.

Linda Sherrer, founder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices/Florida Network Realty, said her business and the community have a void due to Nugent’s passing.  As a Realtor®, he specialized in historic neighborhoods such as Avondale, Ortega and San Marco as well as many others in the area and, was known as the “condo king” because of his extensive expertise. Sherrer, friends and coworkers remember him as a loving, active person who derived great joy from anonymous acts of kindness.

“He would pick up tabs, he would bring you random gifts, he helped his family financially quite a bit. He was always willing to help, to answer questions,” said Josh Cohen, a managing broker and friend. “He was a leader and people respected him because of his knowledge and because his experience.”

Sherrer had employed and worked with the Jacksonville native for more than a decade.  “It’s a real loss to the community as well as our company. It’s so sad when a young person like that passes away so suddenly, but (his memorial service) was very uplifting because of the way he lived his life. He was with us 11 years and that was a long time in that young life. We were so close to him; he exuded that kind of energy and respect,” Sherrer said. He was respected for his expertise and for his heart; the more than 350 people that attended his service remembered him most for those random acts of love, she said.

“At the service, I challenged all of us, including myself, to choose the trait of Josh we liked the most and live it in their lives, and people overwhelmingly chose those anonymous acts of kindness. He did anonymous thoughtful things for people all the time, and he got a lot of joy from it. He was always reaching out to people who might need a pat on the shoulder or a positive word. We have an advisory committee, and he was on that committee for seven years. He was huge in giving back. I think he had more hours in the day than most of us,” Sherrer continued.

Berkshire Hathaway Realtor® Anita Vining said Nugent was a dear friend and colleague. She remembers him as a quiet and compassionate man who loved to work out and didn’t burden others with his problems.

Joshua Joel Nugent

“He was always the silent person when there was a meeting in the company,” Vining shared. “One of the people in the administrative office had a family member that was very ill, and he quietly took up a collection, silently signed the card. I sit on a board for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and he was always willing to ask questions about it, he made donations, he attended some meetings to learn more. He was that way with others. He was a very good friend, wonderful business partner. In our business of real estate, you don’t always find a lot of camaraderie or sharing of business, but our company is a little bit different in that aspect, it is a different culture. Josh and I shared business Together, and we had an appointment the day he passed away.”

Nugent grew up in the real estate business, according to his website. His father and aunt developed and bought condos and single-family subdivisions throughout Northeast Florida and he started his career in 1999 working for a local homebuilder. He had been with Berkshire Hathaway since 2009, when it was then Prudential Realty. He was honored that year with the Prudential Network Realty of Northeast Florida’s Rookie of the Year Award. He went on to become one of the top producers in the Avondale/San Marco market.

He is survived by his mother, Martha Nugent.

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