Austin L Joyner Jr.

November 14, 1938December 5, 2018

Austin Louis Joyner, age 80, husband of Marika Bollen Joyner, passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 with his family by his side. Al was born on November 14, 1938 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the late Austin and Leila Carre` Joyner. He attended Steven's Tech in Hoboken, NJ and spent the last 45 years residing in Madison, CT.

Al was a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam during the beginning of the conflict in 1963. After 9 years in the Marine Corps he honorably discharged and became a pilot for Pan-Am World Airways. After Pan-Am went out of business he went back to school and became a financial advisor until his retirement.

Al had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed oil painting and monthly meetings with his book club where he was an avid reader of historical and non-fiction books. Al was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife Marika, Al is survived by a son, Paul Nicolas Joyner; a daughter, Claire Joyner Christina; Granddaughters, Tatum Marie Christina and Piper Ellen Christina; a sister, Leila Joyner-Smith of Washington, D.C.; a niece, Holly Lynde of Atlanta, GA and several cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 4-7 p.m. in the Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford CT, 06405. To leave an online condolence please visit our website,


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Peter Wenk

December 10, 2018

Al had a genuine passion for every endeavor he pursued. Early on after moving to Madison he took up woodworking. He had a complete shop in the basement and turned out some beautiful things including all the cabinets in the kitchen. Golf took over his life at one point and there wasn't a book written about the sport that Al didn't have. I'm not certain how good he ever became but I'm sure there wasn't anything about the game that he didn't know. After golf fly-fishing consumed him and later in life he became an accomplished artist. We have a beautiful painting of a boat at a yard in Guilford that Al gifted us and I think of him often when looking at it.

I have a friend that had many trips with Al on long overseas flights with Pan Am. He was saddened to hear of his passing but reminded me of how Al kept the cockpit awake on those dark nights crossing the oceans. He was truly a raconteur and my friend remarked if he ever needed another career he could have made it as a "Stand up Commedian"


Beach Carre

December 7, 2018

Al, cousin, and friend shared many good times together even though our lives took different paths. Marine pilot, PanAm pilot, investment advisor, artist and most notably family man who cared so deeply for Marika, Paul and Claire.
You can’t help but miss such a neat guy. I will miss the long winded arguments we had over most any subject we might pick,. They were so much fun, intectually entertaining, and time consuming. Never a solution was found but there was always a potential for continued argument.
Al, we will continue later when I join you.