Waterford – Austin Joyce, 81, of Waterford, entered eternal life on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at home in the comfort of his loving family.
He was born April 5, 1931, in New London, the son of the late Anthony A. and Katherine (Lave) Joyce Sr. He graduated from St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School and the former Bulkeley High School, playing on the varsity baseball and basketball team. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War serving on the heavy cruiser USS Columbus CA 74 as a fire control tech. He was united in marriage to the former Lois Sherlock on April 25, 1953 in St. Joseph Church, Mrs. Joyce survives him.
He was a past member of St. Mary Nocturnal Adoration Society and St. Mary Men’s Club. He was a past communicant of St. Joseph Parish, serving on the church council and St. Joseph Men’s Club. He was a former Little League coach and the field and equipment manager for the New London Pee Wee Football League in the early years. For many years he coached the St. Joseph Golden Hurricanes grammar school basketball team. He retired from Pfizer Inc. on April 1, 1993 as an associate scientist after 39 years of employment. He was an avid Boston Red Sox, Celtic and New York Giants fan. He enjoyed working outdoors and following all college and professional sports.
Besides his beloved wife of 59 years of marriage, he is survived by three children, Matthew Joyce of Arizona, Patricia Mednick of Colchester and Kathleen Joyce of Waterford; four grandchildren, Stephanie Hen, Meghan Joyce, Ryan and Emily Mednick; a great-grandson, Austin Hen; and four siblings, Edward Joyce of Florida, Anthony Joyce Jr. of Waterford, Mary Wagner of Texas and Anne Fafalla of Old Lyme.
His family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home, 84 Montauk Ave., New London. The funeral will assemble at 9 a.m. Saturday, and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery with military honors.
Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 10 Huntington St., New London, CT 06320.