VIRGINIA BEACH -- A man known across the region for his philanthropy - whether it was for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation or founding a scholarship foundation for needy students - has died.
Joshua P. Darden was 77.
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation called Darden the best friend the Hampton Roads region could have - a caring, forward-thinking person who found a lifetime of ways to make his community better.
Governor Terry McAuliffe said Darden’s passing is a loss for our Commonwealth.
“Joshua Darden was the very embodiment of a Virginia gentleman. As a businessman, a philanthropist and a leader in higher education, he devoted his life to making his city and his Commonwealth a better place to live, all while eschewing the publicity and credit that his efforts rightly deserved," McAuliffee stated.
Mayor Paul Fraim called Darden a great friend and patron.
"Mr. Darden’s death leaves a void that will be difficult, if not impossible, to fill. We will all miss him greatly, and the City’s thoughts and prayers are with the Darden family in this time of loss,” Fraim said.
Darden served as chairman at The Norfolk Foundation, a former rector of the University of Virginia and chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Transportation.
"Like many other Virginia Governors and elected officials, I counted on Josh Darden for advice, constructive criticism, and support throughout my career. I am very sorry that I won’t be able to continue receiving his wise counsel. Josh’s death is a huge loss for Hampton Roads, as well as the entire Commonwealth," Senator Tim Kaine said.