BEVERLY — The man who drowned Tuesday in a Hamilton pond was identified Wednesday as Joshua Robinson, 23, of Beverly.
Robinson, who graduated from the North Shore Recovery High School in 2015, was a well-liked and highly-respected member of The Cabot stage crew at the time of his death.
The Salem News was unable to reach any family members, but Casey Soward, executive director at The Cabot spoke of him with apparent fondness and a deep sense of loss.
"Josh was dealt a tough hand growing up," Soward said, and when he started at The Cabot, working on the stage crew, he was "19 and green ... but he had an incredible spirit and smile."
"He came in early in the morning and worked until late at night ... he worked every day to be better at his job ... and he always put a smile on everybody's face."
Josh worked his way up quickly, from stage hand to sound technician to design and lighting director, Soward said.
He remarked on how well Robinson worked with the many big name stars who came in to perform at The Cabot. He listened to them and they listened to and respected him, Soward said.
"Josh leaves a big hole ... We'll all feel his absence."
The accident which took Robinson's life occurred about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when he was swimming with a friend in Gravelly Pond, a part of the Manchester-By-The-Sea public water supply.
The Hamilton Fire Department was alerted at 2 p.m. to a possible drowning, and members of the Police-Fire Department water-rescue team responded. They found Robinson's body at 2:30 p.m., in 6 feet of water, some 35 feet from shore.
Robinson was administered CPR and rushed to Beverly Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Essex County District Attorney's Office, which investigated the incident and released Robinson's name and address, said there was no suspicion of foul play.