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JOHN T. JOYCE "Jack"  

On February 14, 2013, of Washington, DC and Swan's Island, ME, beloved husband of Annemarie and retired president of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC). A Chicago native and a bricklayer by trade, he was a member of BAC Local #21 Illinois, who went on to join the International's Executive Board in 1966, serving as BAC President from 1979 until his retirement in 1999. Among his proudest achievements were the creation of the International's pension and health and welfare programs and the International Masonry Institute (IMI), the industry development and training arm of the Union and its signatory contractors. A champion of workers everywhere, he held numerous leadership positions as a Vice President of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, as a member of the Governing Board of Presidents of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and on behalf of many international labor bodies, including 15 years as a US Delegate to the International Labor Organization (ILO). Prior to his years of union service, he studied at the University of Notre Dame before enlisting in the US Army. He served from 1958 to 1960 with the American Forces Network in Europe as a news writer. While in Germany, he met his future bride, Annemarie Straub, Jack's steadfast and loving wife of 53 years. He also leaves a brother, Edward R. Joyce of Chicago; 18 nephews and one niece.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 3513 N St., NW, Washington, DC. The church will open at 10 a.m. for those who wish to pay their respects.

Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 16 to Feb. 18, 2013
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