John J. Joyce “Jack,” 85, of Cedar Grove, N.J., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Funeral services are Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009. Funeral Mass is at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church in Cedar Grove. Visiting hours are Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Condolences and memories can be shared atwww.shookscedargrove.com.
Jack was born and raised in Paterson, N.J., lived in Union Beach, N.J., and Verona, N.J., before settling in Cedar Grove in 1961. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a traffic analyst in the freight industry for Stauffer Chemical and later American Cyanamid. Jack also worked part-time for many years as a maitre’de and bartender at the Friar Tuck Inn and Wayne Manor. In his spare time, Jack enjoyed golfing, spending time at the shore house, and spending time with his grandchildren. During World War II, Jack proudly served his country in the Navy and Merchant Marine.
Jack has been an active supporter and leader within the Irish-American community and associated organizations. He was a proud member and past president of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, Essex County Chapter, in West Orange, N.J. In the community, he worked with the Shillelagh Club for a charity called Project Children. In 2007, Jack was granted the highly esteemed honor as the Man of the Year by the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh. Beloved husband of 57 years of Nancy (Nighland) Joyce, he was the devoted father of Michael Joyce and his wife, Adeline; Kathleen Desch and her husband, John; William Joyce and his wife, Jean; Kevin Joyce and his wife, Kristi, and Maureen Raff and her husband, Larry; cherished grandfather of Mark, Christina, Christopher, Nikki, Bridget, William Jr., Shannon, Liam, Ally, Karly, Jack, Patrick, Matthew and Riley; loving great-grandfather of Samuel and Isaac; dear brother of Mary McGarry, Barbara Ballantyne and the late Richard Joyce and Robert Joyce. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to theAlzheimer’s Association , Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, N.J. 07834, www.alz.org.