John Joyce, 89
PORTLAND – John “Jack” Joyce, 89, formerly of Portland, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Togus VA Medical Center.
Jack was born on March 25, 1925 in Gorham’s Corner, Portland, to the late Martin and Delia (Connolly) Joyce. He honorably served in the US Army during WWII, having served 5 campaigns in Italy, Germany, Austria, North Africa and Japan. Among his various campaign ribbons, Jack was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroism.
Following his return to Portland, Jack was employed with Jarka Corp. for 50 years as a Longshoreman, retiring in 1985. In addition, he also worked as a Merchant Marine and as a construction worker. He was an avid hunter. Having a deep love for his faith and Irish Heritage, Jack was a former communicant of St. Dominic’s Church.
Jack married Barbara Carey in 1952. She predeceased him on Sept. 24, 1990.
In addition to his wife, Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Judy Smith, son, Peter Joyce; and brother, Martin F. “Dutchy” Joyce. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Moore of Massachusetts, Sharon Greenleaf of Portland, Nancy Provencher of Georgia, Maureen Joyce of Westbrook, and Kathleen Joyce of Portland, sons, John J. Joyce, Jr. of Raymond and Ralph Corbin of Florida. Also survived by many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Monday from 10-11 a.m. in the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. A Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors to follow at Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland. For online guestbook, please visit www.ctcrawford.com.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Togus VA Medical Center, Building 207, 3rd
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