Thomas Edward Joyce 1919 – 2012

Jul 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Joyce, Thomas Edward 
May 2, 1919 – July 17, 2012
Tom Joyce, of Laguna Niguel, died peacefully on July 17. Tom’s family moved to Southern California from Sheridan, Indiana in 1920, where Tom was raised, graduating from Monrovia High School in 1937. In 1941, Tom earned his B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and promptly enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves to serve his country. He received a J. D. from USC Law School in 1949. Following graduation from law school, Tom joined the Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S. Government. From 1959 to 1992, Tom worked as an attorney for Hughes Aircraft. Tom met his wife, Delores, at Hughes and they enjoyed a full life together until her death in 1986. With his devoted companion, Ethel Grace “EG” Thatcher, Tom spent 23 of his retirement years living a vibrant life. He was “Uncle Tom” to his extended family, a lifelong friend to veterans and former colleagues, and an inspiration to many others. He possessed the best of his generation. He was dignified, modest, and always gracious. He was self-disciplined and selfless, a terrific listener and an avid learner. Tom Joyce was a dynamic man. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by Ethel Grace, his brother Dick Joyce, Michelle Joyce Coppedge, Michael Joyce, Timothy Joyce, Kelly Joyce Dunn, John T. Joyce, Mary Jane Burnham and 15 great-nieces and nephews, Delores’ nephews Dave and Eric Coleman and niece, Kathy Scott, Ethel Grace’s son Alan Thatcher, daughter Barbara Steel, her two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
The life of Tom Joyce will be celebrated with Military Honors on Thursday, August 2 at 12:30 p.m., at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 31 to August 1, 2012

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