With thanksgiving to God, we celebrate the gift of Thomas Christopher Joyce in our lives. Tom passed away in peaceful sleep on April 30, 2021. Tom was born in New York City on July 24, 1947 to Mary and Patrick Joyce. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers and served in the Army, stationed in Alaska, during Vietnam. Tom began his career in insurance accounting and reporting in New York and New Jersey. He moved to San Antonio as Director of Statistics in the Accounting division of USAA while pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University. As a first-generation American, Tommy was proud of his dual citizenship in the United States and Ireland. His Irish heritage and Catholic devotion greatly shaped Tommy's life. He prayed the rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet daily, with intentions for his loved ones, and for those with no one to pray for them, and for the unborn. Tom could find peace before the Blessed Sacrament for hours of prayerful adoration. He was a powerful encourager of his family members and friends on their faith journeys. Tom was a real estate agent and a member of the Texas Association of Realtors. He was an active volunteer at SAMMinistries Shelter and San Antonio Food Bank. Tom was involved in the ACTS Community and also a member of Oblate Associates, praying for vocations and supporting Oblate Zambia missions. "Oblate" means a person dedicated to God or God's service, an apt description for this man. Tommy led the rosary at Oblate Grotto Chapel for many years and developed deep relationships with the blessed priests of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He was a member of Order of Alhambra Bejar Caravan No. 56 and of Knights of Columbus Councils 786 and 10090. Tom grew spiritually through Christian service as past-president of St. Vincent de Paul Society at Church of the Holy Spirit.
He was also an active, founding member of two Divine Mercy Cenacles and a member of Ministries of Divine Mercy Apostolate at Oblate. Tommy handled his years of physical suffering with prayer, and most-often, with grace. Relying on a power wheelchair, his favorite vacations were family cruises. The nurses, aides, and staff at Villa de San Antonio gifted him with loving care. They appreciated his fun, cool nature and called him a character and a card. They said his infectious laughter, good humor, and the way he cracked jokes lightened their load. Tommy, along with his wife, generously gave of himself as foster parent to 35 children over twelve years. Tommy was a faithful and devoted husband to his wife of 35 years, Cindy Sheridan Joyce. Tommy is also survived by his three daughters, Rachel Joyce (Nathan Elias), Regina Joyce, and Erika Joyce, and by his bubbly granddaughter, Aria Elias. As an only child, he much-appreciated the love of his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Services and Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10 AM, celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 600 Oblate Drive. You are invited to sign the Guestbook at www.porterloring.com Arrangements with