Raymond Joyce, Sr., 85
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LANCASTER - Raymond L. Joyce, Sr., 85, of 30 Carleton Place, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Clinton Hospital, after being stricken ill at home. His wife of 57 years, Eileen G. (Griswold) Joyce, died in 2008.
He leaves two daughters: Elaine S. Fahey of Lancaster, and Desiree Johnson of Louisiana; seven grandchildren: Heidi Joyce, Raymond Joyce, III, Jeffrey Joyce, Amanda Beals and her husband, Joshua, Sarah Fahey, Darrell Martin and Devin Martin; eight great-grandchildren: Anthony Isaiah Fahey, Kiera Eileen Fahey, Killian Ray Beals, Timothy Beals, Liam Beals, Adam Jeffrey Joyce, Brenan Martin and Braelyn Martin; his companion of several years, Patricia Kelly of Worcester; and many friends. He was predeceased by his son, Raymond L. Joyce, Jr., who died in 2008, and his granddaughters, Carrie Joyce Fahey, who died in 2001, and Jessie Joyce Fahey, who died in 2010. His brother, Henry F. Joyce, and sister-in-law, Barbara Joyce, also predeceased him.
Raymond was born and raised in Clinton, son of Henry and Mabel (Schumacher) Joyce. He attended local schools and was a long-time resident of Lancaster.
For more than 40 years until his retirement, Raymond and his wife, Eileen, owned and operated R.L. Joyce Floor Covering, Lancaster. In addition, he owned and operated Diamond Hill Auto Sales, Lancaster, until the time of his death.
A US Army veteran of the Korean War, Raymond was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 523, Clinton, and the Military Order of the Cootie, the American Legion, the Franco-American Club, and the Leominster Eagles. A licensed pilot, he loved to fly, loved to travel all over & spend winters in Florida.
Raymond's funeral will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St., Clinton. Burial will follow in Eastwood Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours that the funeral home on Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Veterans, Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2014