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Virginia Funeral Chapel

350 Slosson Ave, Staten Island, NY

OBITUARY

Thomas J. Joyce

April 4, 1950March 29, 2020

In my life, I loved you more - Elaine

He had a light that was shone upon him. A light that drew all others to him. Personality pretentious, laughter infectious, musical ability beyond bounds. You helped to shape me into what I am, the other half of a two-man band. You'll always be here in my voice, because you're Tommy Joyce, "The People's Choice". - Soldier, uncle, brother, friend. (Sonnyboy) Summo.

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Walter Thomson

April 19, 2020

Tommy Joyce, what can I say? A real friend and roommate back in the day in Brooklyn, band mate with The Lights and again with Ken Murray and the Entertainers. A work mate at The House of Shades. What an experience we shared! I have a million stories, too many to share here.
This is so very sad just finding this out after so long of not knowing where he was.
He will be remembered in only good ways!

Jack Summo

April 1, 2020

Uncle Tom. Egg salad and Whole milk. Thanks for turning me on to the R+B and Funk music. I listen to it until this day! I love you and thanks for the musical influences. You will never be forgotten. Your Nephew, Jack

Joel Gordon

March 31, 2020

I met TJ around the same time I became friends with the Tash Brothers in 1980 through my friendship with Rick Thoren. I remember a few gigs in Staten Island when we were the only ones there. That was one great line up for sure. My memories of him were of good music, fun times and plenty of laughs. Test in peace brother, see you on the other side some day.

Eileen Corcoran-Olsen

March 31, 2020

TJ was a Charmer for sure. I met TJ when I was hosting shows at a local Church, the Tash Brothers Band were a big part of the popularity that drew so many admirers. Over the years we shared some great belly laughs. For awhile I had lost touch, called a cab company and TJ was behind the wheel, what a fun ride. From time to time TJ would call my old phone number, my Mom would answer and inform TJ that I had a new number and had moved. Heard about the hours of conversations they had. Mom loved his banter, and informed me that she thought he was special, to keep him close to my heart. I agreed, TJ will be missed by all he touched. RIP TJ. Condolences to all.

Daniel Mulligan

March 31, 2020

I met Tommy in the 80's when I returned to Brooklyn after my military service. He always treated me as one of the brotherhood, though my experience in no way compared to his. My recollection of Tommy is him always greeting me with a smile. He was an awesome rhythm guitarist and a damn fine bass player. My condolences to the Joyce family.

John Crespo

March 30, 2020

Tommy was a good soldier and that experience scarred him deeply. One night I was drinking with him at CJs bar on Ave N. After a bit of quiet time, he looked at me and said “the Army taught me to kill”. You could see the anguish in his soul and also hear the capital A in Army. He never gave details and rarely mentioned that part of his life but to him it was huge. He was a gentle soul with an iron will and a deep reserve of respect for things that deserved respect. Friendship with him was lifelong and formidable. TJ, you will never be forgotten.

Mike Crespo

March 30, 2020

T.J. was a great guy and truly a unique soul. As one of my Dad’s oldest friends, some of my earliest memories are of T.J. playing music with my dad. As a youngster, I always enjoyed being exposed to such tremendous musical talent, and I count myself lucky for it. But I’ll always remember T.J. for so much more than his musicianship. Big heart, big personality and a great sense of humor. Always kind and patient with the young brats ( my brother and I ) and always taking the time to make us laugh... He even invented a dance for me and called it “The Mike Hop”
...way cool. And when I was a knucklehead teenager, T.J. was a frequent visitor at the apartment where I lived with my dad. I remember when I would introduce T.J. to my friends, I’d tell them he’s more like my uncle, because simply saying my “my dad’s friend “ just wasn’t enough to give him his due respect. Not nearly enough indeed.
He was a friend to me too, and I won’t forget it.
T.J. my friend, rest in peace... until we can do “The Mike Hop” together again!

Chris Andrews

March 30, 2020

Goodbye Tommy. I will miss you. I enjoyed playing music with you. You had a rhythym that bounced off the inside of my skull. I can still hear it today. You were a good friend and I will always love you.

Tony Burdo

March 30, 2020

Hey Tommy boy this is Tony"The Boss" as you always referred to me. I need to tell you I think you were one of the finest guys I have ever played with in The Tash Brothers Band. You were the first to make the band swing like it was supposed to. Not to mention our many many afternoons perfecting what is known now as day drinking. Always an adventure ! You were loyal and fun to be with. I will miss you my dear friend. Until the next set, Adios Amigo.

Tony Burdo

March 30, 2020

Tommy boy, this is Tony or as you always referred to me , "The Boss". You were one of the most colorful dudes I ever met and you fit in with the band was tailor made. You were the one that made the band swing the way it never had before. Many an afternoon you and I perfected what is now known as day drinking , and many an adventure was had by all. You definitely enriched my life musically and comically. I will miss you my dear friend. " The Boss"

FROM THE FAMILY

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