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Michael K. Joyce
1940-2012 PITTSFIELD Michael K. Joyce, lifetime resident of Pittsfield, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2012 after courageously making it home from Berkshire Medical Center to celebrate Christmas with his family.
Michael was born October 6, 1940 in Pittsfield, son of John and Eleanor Hynes Joyce. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1958 and was a Golden Knight alumnus of St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt., graduating in 1962.
Michael married Judith Allen on October 10, 1963. He was preceded in death by Judy on December 16, 2006.
He had a fulfilling career in Finance at General Electric for many years and enjoyed his retirement golfing at Berkshire Hills Country Club.
The passion of Michael's life was singing. He served as a member and Director of The Berkshire Hillsmen, a barbershop chorus, for 50 years.
He also spent many years singing with his barbershop quartet Just Four Friends, The Oldies But Goodies Rock n' Roll Show, Sacred Heart's chorus and countless Pittsfield weddings and funerals where his beautiful voice touched lives at their most important moments.
He leaves his son, Mark Joyce and his daughter-in-law Meghan O'Donnell and two beautiful grandchildren, Evan and Sam, all of Richmond, Vt.; a twin brother Matthew Joyce of Cape Cod and his older brother John Joyce of North Reading, Mass.
A larger than life person, both literally and figuratively, Michael spent his entire life making the city of Pittsfield smile
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Services for Mr. Michael K. Joyce will be Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10 a.m. from the DWYER FUNERAL HOME, 776 North St., Pittsfield, MA, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, celebrated by Michael's cousin, the Rev. James K. Joyce, pastor. Burial will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Sunday, December 30, 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Pittsfield Anti-Tuberculosis Association, a charity whose committee Michael served on as President, care of the Dwyer Funeral Home in his memory. Please visit
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 28, 2012
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- Michelle Plouffe
"Woke this morning knowing a year had past since you left us. The house is still empty and your not being..."
- The Stevens Family
"Mark & Meg, I was deeply sadden to learn of dad's passing. he was a beautiful man with a beautiful..."
- Raymond King
"I met Mike for the first time in August 2012 at a New Student Send Off Event at the home of Jim and..."
- Kathie Berard
"As a frequent summer visitor to Berkshire Hillsmen I came to have a great regard for Mike. My sincere..."
- Alan Bone
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