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Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

181 Ocean Ave, New London, CT

OBITUARY

Michael Anthony Joyce

July 31, 1953December 22, 2019
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Waterford - Michael A. Joyce, 66, a lifelong resident of Waterford sadly passed peacefully Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at his residence. Mr. Joyce was born in New London the son of Harold "Spike" and Dorothy "Dottie" (Wilmot) Joyce. He started his career in the carpenters union, followed by a short career within Pfizer. He is best known as owner of the Waterford Hardware Store of 30 years, on Boston Post Rd. He has been involved with Jordan Mutual Cemetery Association for decades serving as president for the last 4 years. In retirement he worked with Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home and was loved by all there. Michael was involved with the Jordan Firehouse Department in his youth. He also enjoyed spending his spare time at the East Lyme Gun Club. He deeply loved his grandchildren. He had a passion for restoring his 1923 Ford Model T. He prided himself in remodeling and constructing wherever help was needed. His best attribute to many was his gift to talk and give advice to all. Mr. Joyce is survived by his fiancée Joann Tiffany of Waterford; his sons, Michael Joyce II, and his wife Daniela of Westerly and two grandchildren, Michael and Ava; and son Matthew Joyce of Boston. He is also survived by his brother Peter Joyce of Ariz.; and nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Howard Joyce. A Procession will assemble at 9 a.m. Monday, December 30, 2019 at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, New London. Interment will follow in his beloved Jordan Cemetery, Waterford. Calling Hours will be held from 3 until 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in the funeral home.

Services

  • Calling Hours Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Procession assemble Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 30, 2019

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Sandy Poulos

December 29, 2019

My condolences to Joann and the Joyce family. Michael was a good friend of mine for many years. And a wonderful neighbor. I have many fond memories of doing silly things in high school. Michael was a great guy, and will be sorely missed by many. May you rest in peace my good friend.sandy poulos.

James Cortina

December 29, 2019

James Cortina

December 29, 2019

James Cortina

December 29, 2019

Mike, I am thinking of you today, as I keep your family and friends in my thoughts. Even though these are sad times for your friends and family, they are truly thankful for every day, hour, minute that you were in their lives. Know that they will continue to think of you every day, whether it brings to them a smile of happiness from a fond memory, or a sorrowful tear. Saying good-bye to a loved one is never easy, but remember - even though he is not here, he lives on in all of you. His gestures of love, friendship, caring, goodwill and kindness are all a part of who you are and your spirits now as you go forward in your lives. Your dedication and service at work will be missed by all. There will always be a void in our that can only be filled by the fond memories of days gone by. The community has lost a friend. My condolences go out to family at this difficult time.

Bede (Sabilia) Hook

December 28, 2019

Michael has always been like a brother to me, when we were young he was always my partner in crime from playing with baby skunks and getting sprayed then having to take a tomato and ketchup bath our mom’s were mad but then had a good laugh...I will always keep him in my heart... My deepest sympathy to Joann and the family. Love Bede

Andrew Eldridge

December 26, 2019

I will always cherish the time I had with Michael. Growing up he has always been a father figure and mentor to me when I needed life advice. Countless years and hrs were spent at the hardware store just shooting the breeze. Those will be the best memories I will hold forever. I will also be grateful how great of a friend he was to my late father Herb. My condolences to the Joyce family.

Sharon (page) Kanaby

December 26, 2019

My heart goes out to your family. I grew up with Michael. He is a kind and caring person with a warm heart. Every time I saw him we shared a hug and a story. Know the stories of that hardware store will live on.. Hugs to his entire family.

Michelle Balzano

December 26, 2019

My condolences to the Joyce family. We have been blessed to work with Mike for many years. He was a dedicated employee and friend to all. Always smiling and willing to help. We will miss him very much. May he rest in peace.

Michelle Balzano
Connecticut Market Director

Mary Sabilia(Paradis)

December 24, 2019

My sincere condolences to Joanne and the Joyce Family. I grew up with Michael and have many many memories of our childhood, he was a good caring and loving man, he will be missed. God Bless and Love to his family❤️

Wendy Legas

December 23, 2019

I am so sorry for all that you are going through. Mike was an amazingly great friend. Was always there when you needed him, a phone call away. He would give you the shirt off his back. I have so many memories that I cannot recall just one. We lost a wonderful man. Love you Jingles, Wendy.

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