JOYCE, Sylvia Sylvia Joyce, born May 1st, 1936 in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England to William (Bill) and May Dent passed away peacefully April 28th, 2021 with Family at her side. Sylvia grew up in Gateshead, England where after completing Brighton Road High School, she worked as a short-hand typist for Warner Brothers Films. Sylvia often told the story as a youth, she and her girlfriend knocked on a door looking for a young man they knew. His older brother, Peter Joyce opened the door and shoo'd them away. Sylvia claims she told her girlfriend as they walked away, she was going to marry Peter. Sylvia and Peter were married 8 years later in 1958, remaining faithful companions, usually seen together, until Peter's passing in 2015. Peter and Sylvia had 3 sons and immigrated to Canada in 1966. Settling in Tsawwassen in 1969, it was a community in which they felt happy and blessed to raise their family. Sylvia was a friend to many and always available to volunteer her time. A committed letter writer and card sender, who adapted to the times with email, but never forgot the personal touch of the handwritten note. Sylvia stayed connected to the many people in her life including childhood friends who's lives had taken them to different parts of the world. With Peter, she was fortunate to journey to 39 countries with a common stop home in England to see Family and friends. Sylvia lived her life with a glass half full personality, always with a smile and a make the best of the situation attitude. Thankfully, she passed this spirit to many. She will always remain in our thoughts. Sylvia was predeceased by her husband Peter (2015) and her sister Irene Timbey. Sylvia will be forever loved and remembered by her family; Gavin (Sheila), Bill (Nina) and Darren (Dana). Her loving niece Carol Redhead. Grandchildren; Stephen, Katie, Emma, Ryan, Will, Alex, Rob, Lauren, Mackenna, and Addison. The Family sincerely thanks the compassion and quality of care by Delta Hospital. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Delta Hospital Foundation or The Alzheimer Society of Canada in Sylvia's memory. The Family will hold a private ceremony, in which Peter and Sylvia will be again together. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date, when social norms allow.
Published in Delta Optimist from May 6 to Jun. 5, 2021.