Fen Joyce 1983 – 2012

Jan 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Fen Joyce with his girlfriend Yonta at a party in 2010.

January 27, 2012

Precious son of Mary and Dave. Loved brother of Mollie, Morgan, Zo, Rowan and Tom and cherished soulmate of Yonta. Beloved uncle, cousin and nephew and all who were touched by his joy and friendship.

Relatives and friends are advised that FENS funeral service will be held in
St Matthews Anglican Church, The Corso, 1 Darley Road, Manly, on Thursday (February 2, 2012), at 10.00 a.m.

Private cremation.

No flowers please, donations to a charity of Fens choice would be appreciated. Information at the church.

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on January 31, 2012
From the Manly Daily

FRIENDS of the man who fell to his death early yesterday morning have paid tribute to his “outgoing, open-minded and caring” nature.

Fen Joyce, 29, was killed when he fell from a crane at a construction site in College Green.

“Everyone is completely shocked, honestly I can’t believe it,” a friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said yesterday.

The Manly resident said he was a close friend of Fen and his family, whom he described as “probably one of the closest, tight-knit families I know”.

He said Mr Joyce had just finished university last year and was working with a wharf-building company.

“He was a unique, open-minded person and he loved surfing, camping and the outdoors.

“He was a fun person to hang out with and I think he was just looking forward to taking that next step in life.”

Police investigating the fatality said Mr Joyce and two friends were believed to have entered the construction site about 12.30am and climbed the mast of a hammerhead crane.

It is understood Mr Joyce first climbed on to the rear of the jib and out to the counterweight, and then climbed on to the main arm of the jib, where there was no mesh walkway.

Police said he slipped and fell 45m to his death.

It is believed the three had been at a Australia Day party at a house in nearby Bower St before the incident and had been at Manly Beach earlier in the day.

Police said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, but a report will be prepared for the coroner. WorkCover is also investigating the incident.

It was understood other people have climbed the crane in recent days.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union assistant state secretary Rob KeracomKera visited the site yesterday morning and said the union had concerns about fencing around the base of the crane.

The construction company did not return the Daily’s call yesterday.

Farewell to Fen

BLESSED with a captivating personality and a passion that was “rare and admirable”, Fen Joyce lived “three lifetimes in the space of one,” his family said.

Family and friends will pay tribute today to Mr Joyce, who was killed when he fell from a crane at a construction site in College Green, Manly, early last Friday morning.

The 29-year-old from Manly was believed to have climbed the crane with two friends after attending an Australia Day party nearby.

His death has devastated his close-knit family, including parents Dave and Mary and brothers Morgan, Rowan, Tommy, sisters Mollie and Zoe and long-time girlfriend Yonta.

In a statement released to the Manly Daily, Mr Joyce’s family described him as an adventurer who was always saving up for his next big trip. He had recently returned from a trip to Cambodia
where he helped build a community centre for an impoverished village.

“Fen approached every situation with a passion that was rare and admirable, whether he was cooking food, figuring out a solution for a problem at work or simply talking with friends,’’ his family said.

“Fen walked tall, wherever he went. He never seemed to be afraid of anything and he loved to climb.’‘

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Mr Joyce was born in Tasmania and the family settled in Queenscliff in 2000 after spending five years in England.

He embraced the seaside lifestyle, learning how to surf and making lots of friends, who were drawn to his “captivating personality’‘.

“He would be the first on the dancefloor and the last to leave,’’ his family said.

Having worked in marine construction, Mr Joyce decided to follow in the footsteps of his brother Rowan, enrolling in a Bachelor of Construction Management at the University of Technology, Sydney. He finished his degree last year and was looking forward to new challenges, his family said.

“Fen touched so many lives in so many ways,’’ his family said.

“He lived three lifetimes in the space of one. He will be sorely missed, but will carry on in all our hearts forever.’‘

Fen Joyce’s funeral service will be held from 10am today at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Manly. A private cremation will be held afterwards.
The family has requested no flowers be sent, donations to a charity would be appreciated. Go to fenscharity.com.au for suggestions.


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