William J. "Bill" Joyce
We'd like to share a bit about the life of our father...
This obituary appeared in the Sharon Herald (PA) on April 21, 2002:
|William J. Joyce
Attorney won Purple Heart, served his community
William J. Joyce, 621 Leona St., Sharpsville, passed away Friday afternoon, April 19, 2002, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 82.
Mr. Joyce was born on Jan. 10, 1920, in Sharpsville, where he lived his entire life. He was a son of John Joyce and Jeanette Milliron Joyce.
He graduated from Sharpsville High School in 1938 as valedictorian, and from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, in 1942, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics. He was captain of the 1941 Geneva College football team.
Mr. Joyce enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and became a commissioned naval officer after undergoing a training program. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of operation in World War II, and was discharged from military service in April of 1946, at which time he held the rank of lieutenant senior grade. Mr. Joyce received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered while serving aboard a gunboat operating in the Palau Islands in the Pacific.
He entered law school at the University of Pittsburgh in 1946, after being discharged from military service, and received a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1949. Mr. Joyce then joined the law firm of Wiesen, Cusick and Madden as an associate, and later became a partner of the law firm of Wiesen, Cusick, Madden, Joyce, Acker and McKay, which later became known as Cusick, Madden, Joyce and McKay. He retired from that firm in September of 1995.
In the practice of law, Mr. Joyce served as Sharpsville Borough solicitor for a continuous period of more than 38 years, beginning in 1950. He also served as solicitor for the county of Mercer and for several townships including Pymatuning and Shenango. In addition, he served as a solicitor for the Mercer County Industrial Development Authority and the Upper Shenango Valley Water Pollution Control Authority.
Mr. Joyce served several years as a member of the Board of Directors of Protected Home Mutual Life Insurance Company in Sharon, and as legal counsel to that company.
He was a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Mercer County Bar associations and had served his turn as president of the Mercer County Bar Association.
Mr. Joyce served several terms as a member of the board of Mercer County Community Counseling Center, and for a number of years, on the Budget Committee of the United Way.
Mr. Joyce was a lifelong member of St. Bartholomew's Church in Sharpsville; and belonged to Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 103, Sharon; Sharpsville Service Club; and American Legion Post 162, Sharpsville.
He is survived by: his wife, the former Mary Ellen Miller, whom he married on June 14, 1947, in Church of the Sacred Heart in Sharon; and by four sons, William Joyce, Oakland, Calif.; Peter Joyce, Sharpsville; John Joyce, Bridgeville, Pa.; and James Joyce and his wife Paulette, Emsworth, Pa.
Mr. Joyce was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret "Peggy" Joyce; a brother, John Joyce; and a sister, Jane Tinnemeyer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany House, 1241 Fairmont Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45214; Mercer County Mental Health Association, 19 N. Water Ave., Sharon 16146; or St. Bartholomew's Church, 311 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville 16150.
Here are some thoughts that we, his four sons, collected the day before his funeral: