Pierce John Joyce, a long-time resident of Westfield, NJ, passed away at 86 years of age on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Rahway Hospital.
He and his brother, Jack, were born and raised in Jamaica, Queens by their parents, John Joyce and Adeline (Milk) Joyce. Pierce met his wife, Annette (Franc) Joyce while they were both vacationing at Sugar Maples Resort in the Catskills. Their first date was a trip to Howe Caverns. They married in 1952, and lived in Westfield with their three children, Pat, Pierce, and Michael, and for 16 years, his mother-in-law, Antonie Franc.
Originally involved with petrochemicals through his work at AMSCO (American Mineral Spirits Company) in Murray Hill, NJ, he later enjoyed a transition to selling homes as a realtor in the Westfield area. He was active at St. Helen’s Parish, and for over 25 years he organized the schedule for the lectors and was one himself.
He had an eye for problem solving, and his children and grand-children have been delighted to discover in his home many examples of uniquely clever adaptations that served practical purpose and made everyday tasks easier. He was a master of witty one-liners, and had ways of making others feel like their presence had brightened his day.
He enjoyed being near the water, whether it was to spend a Saturday morning fishing with one of his children at Sandy Hook, or to dine in a restaurant with a water view. His home was often filled with classical music, and he was very proud of his dancing, especially with his wife, and more recently while living at Brighton Gardens in Mountainside, NJ.
He was predeceased by his wife, Annette, in 2001, and by his son, Michael, in 1983. He is survived by his brother, Jack, of Floral Park, NY, his daughter, Pat, of Amherst, MA, his son, Pierce and daughter-in-law, Laurie, of Westfield, their three children, Victoria and her husband, Adam Dunst, Jack, and Madeline, his cousin Larry O’Neill and his wife, Sachiko O’Neill, and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16 at St. Helen’s Church in Westfield, NJ. Friends may visit on Monday, December 15, from 4 to 8 pm at Dooley Colonial Funeral Home, 556 Westfield Avenue, Westfield, NJ.
Donations in his memory may be made to Helping Hands and Hearts at St. Helen’s Parish.