Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home

1671 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY


Herbert Emory Joyce MD

March 3, 1921October 25, 2019

Herbert Emory Joyce, MD - October 25, 2019, at age 98. Dr. Joyce passed away peacefully in his home at Canterbury Woods, Williamsville, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Ruth (Adams) Joyce; cherished father of Christine Joyce Miller (Ray), James E. (MaryAnn Even) Joyce and William L. (Anne Harding) Joyce; adored grandfather of Stacey Miller McDermott, Brian Miller, Sarah Genau, Margaret Joyce and Molly Joyce ; dearest great grandfather of Tiernan and Lorcan McDermott, William and Alexandra Genau, Adeline and Charlotte Belliveau. He graduated from East High School, the University of Buffalo In 1941 receiving a Bachelor of Science; and receiving a Doctor of Medicine in 1945 from UB Medical School. He did his internship at Deaconess Hospital in 1945. He had a long military service record including US Army Captain serving on the Governor’s Staff in the Panama Canal Zone from 1946-1948 and Lt. Colonel Flight Surgeon in the Air National Guard from 19481960. His hospital affiliations included Deaconess Hospital, Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore Suburban. Dr. Joyce practiced clinical medicine from 1948-1995 founding Highgate Medical Group in 1966 and was a Professor of Family Medicine at UB from 1970-1993. Dr. Joyce’s professional affiliations included American Academy of Family Physicians (President 1959-1960); NYS Academy of Family Physicians (President 1974-1975); Erie County Medical Society (President 1965-1966); NYS Medical Society (Committee Chair of Hospital Relations). Dr. Joyce was instrumental in establishing a Residency Program at State University of Buffalo for Family Medicine with periodic specialty accreditation. He served on the Emeritus Medical Faculty at UB Medical School. After retiring from clinical medicine In 1995, Dr. Joyce served as the Quality and Case Review Director at Independent Health. Dr. Joyce received numerous awards and citations for his work on behalf of Family Medicine on both the local and state levels, including the NYS Academy of Family Physicians Max Cheplove Award in 1993 and the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award in 2009 from the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Joyce was a member of The Buffalo Club and the Country Club of Buffalo. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Benevolence Fund of Canterbury Woods, 705 Renaissance Drive, Willamsville, NY 14221 or the Department of Family Medicine Endowment Fund c/o University of Buffalo Foundation, Inc. “in memory of Herbert E. Joyce, MD” P.O. Box 730, Buffalo, NY 142260730. A Celebration of Love and Life will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11 AM at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton Street, Williamsville, NY 14221. In a letter of retirement in 1995 to his patients, some of whom he had treated their families for 4 generations, he wrote, “It is a singular and sacred ministry to share with your patients their joys, their sorrows, their disappointments, their births and their deaths. These enriching encounters have taught me compassion, a sense of obligation, loyalty, love of my fellow man, a degree of wisdom and the importance of personal touch.” Please share your condolences online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com


  • Benevolence Fund of Canterbury Woods
  • Dept. of Family Medicine Endowment Fund C/O University of Buffalo Foundation Inc. "In Memory Of Herbert E. Joyce MD



  • Celebration of Love and Life Friday, December 6, 2019


  • No Prior Visitation


Herbert Emory Joyce MD

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Tracy Bramwell

November 21, 2019

I lived on Gothic Ledge with your parents for several years. What amazing people they were - I am blessed to have known them. So sorry for your loss.

Paul Emory Donnelly

November 9, 2019

In memory of Herbert Emory Joyce, MD, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for this great man who enriched the lives of our family. He was the best friend my father, James P. Donnelly, Sr., ever had, going back to their days at U.B. Dr. Joyce delivered me and my four siblings, only after successfully treating my mother for a serious health issue that had complicated her ability to have the family she and my father wanted to have. He treated us all over the years for everything from broken bones to appendicitis. He saw so many knee and ankle injuries among the Donnelly boys he eventually prescribed gasoline and a match for the basketball! Dr. Joyce saw my father through several very serious (near death) health crises over the years. He kept my father alive.

He was so proud of you guys, his family...you could see it in his eyes when he would talk about who was doing what at any point in time. Last time we got together this was still the case.

I had the opportunity to work for Dr. Joyce in a Highgate Medical custodial role, some driveway and parking lot sealing, and right along side him in detailing his cars. He had some great cars. His Shelby Cobra comes to mind. Spending time with him was a gift.

Dr. Joyce was a such a high energy force, but he never shorted us on the personal touch, the quick wit or the understanding that we were important to him...boy was he important to us!

Proud of my middle name, more than ever.

Herbert Emory Joyce was our hero!

God bless your family.

Paul Emory Donnelly and family


November 5, 2019

I was blessed to be delivered by Dr.Joyce on his birthday in 1949 as a remembrance he gave my Mother a keepsake for our shared birthday a silver baby spoon and fork, which I cherish to this day !

D.Beth Jennings

November 3, 2019

Please accept my sincere sympathy for the passing of Dr. Joyce. I worked with Dr. Joyce at Lockport Memorial Hospital when Highgate Medical Group was on staff. He was a dedicated physician to his patients and to the hospital staff. I treasure the memory of working with such a fine doctor. Blessings, D. Beth Jennings

Thomas Rosenthal MD

November 2, 2019

Dr Joyce taught me how to be relevant and enjoy life. He was a natural leader who smiled all the while he was convincing you why he was right. And, he always was right. Herb gave generously of his time to make UB’s Family Medicine program one of the top ten in the country. Thank you Herb, for all you gave me, and our specialty. You are missed.

Ruth M. Downes

November 1, 2019

I was a patient of Dr. Joyce's from 1950 until he retired. He was like an old friend and I just loved him. He had a very empathetic nature; he also had a great sense of humor. One year he called me on New Year's Eve just to wish me a Happy New Year. I was very touched by that. He always made me feel better for having talked to him about my concerns. He was a very good "friend".

Barbara (Hicks) Sanchez

October 31, 2019

Please accept my sincerest sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss! I worked with Dr. Joyce at Independent Health and fondly remember his kindness and sense of humor! He made a great pirate during one of their annual Halloween events! I also fondly recall his sweet tooth and how he would always share his delicious Belgium chocolates when I would visit his office to approve prescription requests. He always made it a point to order a different dessert at our formulary meetings at Fanny's so we could split two different choices instead of just settling for one. He was always joyful and humble! His was a life well lived! God bless you all!

Susan Culley

October 31, 2019

Dear Joyce family,
You have our sincerest condolences on the passing of your family Patriarch. My family is one of the 4 generational families he cared for.
Dr. Joyce was the intern on duty when I was born, and joined Dr Lyons practice (when his Army Service ended.) before groups were formed. Our family thrived under his care until his retirement from Highgate Medical Group. He was a friend, a confident, who advised us on issues life tossed at us, and most importantly, physician to our entire family.
To this day there isn’t a “doctor” graduating from the medical schools that teach the graduate to care for the whole family. THAT is what the Physicians of yesterday had and is sorely needed today.
We ALL lost a great friend and physician, at your father, grandfather, and great grandfather’s passing.
Please know his Legacy of a caring Physician is fully remembered by all he cared for.
The Cardarelli-Culley Family
Susan Culley