Thomas Edward Joyce Jr. of Yarmouth Port, formerly of Holliston, died peacefully at home on May 6.
Ned was born in Medford, the son of Margaret (McDonnell) Joyce and Thomas Joyce Sr. He was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School, Boston College and Boston State University. He served in the Korean War in the United States Navy. As a young lieutenant, he served on the U.S.S. Clarence K. Bronson. His best recollections included traveling to many parts of the world, learning to appreciate other cultures and people. Often, he had the opportunity to indulge in his passion for baseball, by pitching for his ship’s squad against teams in many different ports.
He continued his service in the active Naval Reserve for the next twenty years, retiring as a Commander in 1973.
He combined his interest in baseball with his love of young people and served as a Little League coach in Holliston for many years. Before it was the norm, he insisted that every kid on his teams play an equal number of innings.
Ned worked as a teacher in the Boston and Holliston schools, and for most of his long career as a mathematics teacher in the Sudbury School System. He was a lifelong Catholic who lived his faith in his daily life. As a member of St. Pius Tenth Church, he volunteered for many years in the meal ministry for the homeless shelter. He will be remembered for his ready response to anyone in need.
After retirement, he moved to Cape Cod and continued his interest in sports. With his good buddy, Cousin Bob Robicheau, he played weekly games of pool and bowling. He joined the Men’s Club and played on the softball team. He joined the Bayberry Golf Course and played there several times a week.
Ned was a gentleman, witty and kind, who lived a full life of more than ninety years.
Ned is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Mary Ailinger Joyce, and their children and spouses: Thomas Joyce of Amherst, Gerard and Judith Joyce of Ashland, Maryanne Joyce and Thomas Farley of Pelham, N.Y, Elizabeth Finn of Northampton, Michael Joyce of Wendell, and Margaret and Jeff Hammond of Medway.
He was the proud and loving grandfather of fourteen grandchildren: Jeremiah Finn, Jacob Joyce, Daniel Rozell, Rebecca Shorten, Richard Joyce Vorce, Caleb Joyce Vorce, Eli Joyce Vorce, Jonah Joyce Vorce, John Joyce, Samuel Joyce Farley, Sinead Joyce Farley, Siobhan Joyce Farley, Amalie Joyce and Naeemah Banas.
Donations in his memory may be made to DYECH (Dennis Yarmouth Ecumenical Council to prevent homelessness) Box 507 Yarmouth Port, MA 02675 or Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice, 255 Independence Drive Hyannis, MA 02601.
Celebration of Life Mass will be scheduled at a later date.