CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. — Friends and family of Joshua Hensley gathered at Hunter Springs Park in Crystal River on Saturday to paddle board in his memory.
- Joshua Hensley’s body was found Monday in King’s Bay
- He was referred to by many as “Captain Jack”
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Hensley, referred to as “Captain Jack” for dressing as Jack Sparrow, was a well-known paddle boarder. His body was found in King’s Bay on Monday. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating how he died.
A memorial is growing at the park where he dressed as a pirate, rented paddle boards and made visitors smile. Friends are hoping a permanent memorial can be put there in the future.
“It’s dull without him. He was a shining icon here and I still can’t believe I’m not going to see him again,” said Ana Maria Rodriguez, a friend of Hensley.
Today people are remembering Josh Hensley as they head out from Hunter Springs Park to paddle board & kayak in his honor. He was known as “Captain Jack” for dressing as Jack Sparrow. People describe him as an icon in Crystal River who was larger than life @BN9 #BN9Citrus pic.twitter.com/32gfeEw457
— Jorja Roman (@JorjaRoman) September 21, 2019
Many friends are shocked they won’t see him out on the water anymore.
“That’s why you’ve got to live your life to the fullest. That’s why I did make it here today because I know he would want me here,” said Dee Salafrio, a friend of Hensley.
“An outstanding person like him doesn’t come around often in people’s lives and he was one of those outstanding people,” said Rodriguez.
A gathering is planned for Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Hunter Springs Park to honor and remember his life.