Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home

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Alexander Morrison Joyce

November 13, 1959September 17, 2019
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Alexander M. Joyce November 13th 1959-September 17th 2019

Father, son, brother, attorney, friend, athlete, competitor

Alexander M. Joyce (Alec), 59, died in his sleep of natural causes on September 17th in his Monument Beach home. Born in Wareham, MA to Therese and Kilmer Joyce, Alec grew up in Cataumet and graduated from Bourne High School in 1977. He received his Bachelor’s degrees in History & Economics from Boston College, and his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse Law School. After law school he spent the rest of his life living on Cape Cod, where he raised his two children, William and McAlister, who were his life’s pride and joy.

Alec practiced law on the Cape for over 35 years as the specialist in property law throughout the region. Actively involved in the community, he sat on the Bourne Open Space Committee, represented the Bourne Conservation Trust, and worked on the Finance Committee of Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish in North Falmouth.

A true athlete and competitor, Alec played sports until the day he passed. While he would frequently get on fire from the three-point line and had a booming serve on the clay tennis courts of the Cataumet Club, ultimate frisbee was his passion. Known as Ajax, he played ultimate frisbee for over 42 years, starting Air Bourne in 1977, now Woods Hole Ultimate Frisbee (WHUF), and traveled the world playing in Ultimate tournaments where he made lifelong friendships.

Alec is survived by two children, William Joyce, of San Francisco, CA, McAlister (Mackie) Joyce of Tampa, FL and his five siblings Joseph, Benjamin, Helen, Marie and Rosemary. A viewing will be Wednesday, September 25th at Nickerson in Bourne, and services at St. John’s the Evangelist in Pocasset Thursday, September 26th at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alec's name to the Bourne Conservation Trust at https://www.bourneconservationtrust.org/giving.html.


  • Kilmer Joyce, Father (deceased)
  • Therese Joyce, Mother (deceased)
  • William Joyce, Son
  • McAlister (Mackie) Joyce, Son
  • Alec is survived also survived by his five siblings Joseph, Benjamin, Helen, Marie and Rosemary.



  • Visitng Hours Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, September 26, 2019


  • Burial is private.


Alexander Morrison Joyce

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Anastasia Welsh Perrino

October 14, 2019

I am very sorry for your
loss of Alex. He did a lot of great work in the Barnstable Probate and Family Court.
He will be missed.
Anastasia Welsh Perrino

Tim McMahon

October 4, 2019

I am sorry for this late acknowledgment but I just learned of Alec's passing. I went to law school with Alec at Syracuse University. We had some good times just hanging out , playing basketball , running , cross country skiing, drinking beer, even studying once in a while. We used to have friendly wagers when Boston College played Notre Dame in football. Maybe his sons will remember when we met up with them In Cooperstown at the Hall of Fame one winter. I'm sure I speak for his law school pals when I tell his sons that Alec was a true gentleman and scholar and all-around great guy.
R.I.P my friend.
Tim McMahon, Syracuse, NY

Elisabeth Swan

October 2, 2019

I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Alex's passing. I spent a lot of happy days during my childhood at the Joyce's as I was a schoolmate and friend of his sister Marie. I bumped into Alex many times over the past few years since I moved back to the Cape. We realized we had both discovered, and loved, Ultimate Frisbee. He always had a smile and he was always kind. My heart goes out to his kids - love to all.

Liz Swan

Doug Russell

September 26, 2019

I moved to Cape Cod and started at BHS in 1974 - sophomore year. Alec was one of the first guys who welcomed me even though I was a military kid coming from the back woods of Louisiana. We ended up riding the bench together on the BHS JV basketball team. I learned then that he was a heck of an athlete - shooting those long J's from down town. Over the next three years we were in a lot of classes together. I came to appreciate quickly that he was a calm, very intelligent, witty and kind soul who always had that trademark Alec smile. College and my career took me far from Bourne and thus really only got to see him a few times after high school unfortunately. But every photo I saw of him since - he always looked happy. I truly wish we could have spent a lot more time together as adults as he certainly was one great guy...the kind of guy I would have enjoyed a close friendship with. I am eternally thankful that I got to know this amazing guy - even if it was a long time ago. Rest in peace Alec

Dykstra Eusden

September 25, 2019

Lydia and I are so sorry to hear about Alec’s passing. We loved our time with him in Woods Hole, playing countless ultimate games and just enjoying life back in the ‘80’s. So many great memories and friendships. Love to all of you.

Nikki Tran

September 25, 2019

Our family is very fortunate to have known Alec Joyce through special circumstances for 3+ years. We may not know him as long as others, but he has definitely left a great impact to our lives. He is remembered as a lawyer who’s willing to help others, even taking on cases that may not be related to what he normally does. We are very grateful for everything he has done for us. We are still in shock of this sudden news and sad to see a great person so soon. He is forever missed and one of the greatest person that we’ve ever met. We are blessed to have crossed paths with him. Truly a good soul with a good heart.

Rest In Peace, Alec.

Sending our condolences to Alec’s sons and his extended family.

Tran Family

Heike Williams

September 25, 2019

Alec is one of the first people I met when I started coming to the Cape. He was extremely kind to me and if we were out he always made sure I had a drink in my hand. He was a good friend to my brother Cord and my nephew Leon; he also liked my sister. I was lucky to be invited over to his house for dinner and he took me out boating too. He’ll be missed by the entire Dohrmann family.

Claudia Pfeil

September 25, 2019

I'm very sad and shocked about the lost of my friend Alec. Alec Joyce brought so much joy to me and my friends in traveling around the world from Europe to Mexico and USA to Portugal for playing ultimate frisbee tournaments. He never joined for Hawaii but it was on his backet list for sure. I also loved to spend Starbucks time with Alec and I'm very thankful for his friendship which made me traveling over to Mexico and going Ice skating in New York City with him while celebrating his birthday, what a great time :) I have plenty excellent memories connected to him and I wish him a very good way. May god take good care of my old friend which was a young soul :) Thank you for your company.

Flip Williams

September 24, 2019

I’ve known Ajax since I was a kid and what I don’t remember is him complaining. Certainly WHUF’s win loss record was something you could complain about as well as the numerous boating mishaps. But nope, not Ajax. He always had a smile on his face and was always ready for the next game or adventure. Plus he never said a bad word about anybody. If you did have a disagreement with him it was over quickly and he didn’t hold a grudge. Just a great, great friend.
Couple of ultimate stories: Fools Fest (not sure about the year) and a player on the other team dislocated his shoulder. One of the guys on our team said, “I’m a doctor” and popped the player’s shoulder back into place. Ajax looked at our teammate and said, “I’m a lawyer; don’t ever do that again”.
At times it was impossible to get Ajax to take a sub. I remember playing in the Hingham Cup almost 20 years ago and he had the boys with him. They were bored so they started beating the children of the other team’s players with a whiffle ball bat. Ajax yelled at them from the playing field but his boys ignored him. So he shrugged his shoulders and continued to play. I was secretly pleased. WHUF finally put a beating on someone at Hingham, even if it wasn’t exactly on the field. Good times.

Heidi Hennen

September 24, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Alec for 10 years and having him as a friend for almost 25. He was a great friend and attorney but most of all a great dad. His boys were his pride and joy. I always looked forward to his Christmas cards of them. His life was too short. So happy he was able to enjoy what he loved, which was traveling and spending time with family and his many friends.

Heidi and Chris Hennen