David J. Joyce

May 3, 2017
Joyce, David J

    David J. Joyce, 87, a lifelong Nashua resident, passed away at his home, Wednesday morning, May 3, 2017.

    Born in Nashua on January 25, 1930, he was a son of the late Dr. Roland and Mary (Curtin) Joyce. His early education was in the Nashua Public School System; and attended The Tilton School, Proctor Academy and was a graduate of Keith Academy in Lowell, MA. After graduating from Saint Anselm’s College in Manchester, Mr. Joyce served two years in the US Army, stationed in Bordeaux, France, as a member of the Special Police Force.

    Returning from France, he launched his career in sales, originally with Whitman Publishing Company and later with Saalfield Publishing Company. Changing industries after many years, Mr. Joyce became a salesman for Carolina Motor Freight Company, Watkins Freight Company and retired from Nashua Motor Express.

    An original member of Hampshire Hills in Milford, NH, David took great pleasure in playing tennis, the Detroit Tigers baseball team, win or lose; a very dry Beefeater Martini; summer vacations in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and winter months on Marco Island, Florida. Memories of summers at Rye Beach, NH and the Lake at Camp Kabeyun, Alton, NH, remained with him throughout his life.

   David was predeceased by his wife, Mary E. (Herlihy) Joyce, who passed away on May 2nd of this year. They were married on November 27, 1968 and shared the past 48 years together.

    Members of his family include his brother, Roland Joyce of Falmouth, MA four brothers-in-law, William Wiese of Burlington, VT, Lt. Col. Horace Herlihy USMC and his wife Karen of Guam, Gerald Herlihy and his wife Betty of Old Town, ME, and Thomas Herlihy and his wife Thomae of Nashua; also many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. In addition to his wife and parents, David was also predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Wiese and Helen Murray; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Joyce.

     Per David’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 360 Route 101, Bedford, NH 03101. Arrangements are in the care of the FARWELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 18 Lock Street, Nashua. (603) 882-0591. www.farwellfuneralservice.com

3 Comments on David J. Joyce

Marilyn and Russ Hunt said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2017 at 1:35 PM

We were deeply disappointed to learn yesterday about Mary and David's passing. Over the years we enjoyed many conversations together in the swimming pool at South Seas, Marco Island. They were such nice people who took a genuine and enthusiastic interest in those who they were speaking with, as well as their families. Although our time together was limited to only about one month each year, we will miss them very much. Marilyn and Russ Hunt

Robbie Tinkham said : Guest Report May 11, 2017 at 2:12 PM

My heartfelt condolences to the family of this great man. I had the true privilege of knowing David and Mary of the last few years. They had a gift of making me feel so good when we would see each other. Always a hand shake and a smile. I valued our time together. The world is a better place because of David and Mary Joyce having been in it. I will never forget them.

Joseph P. Anderson said : Guest Report May 09, 2017 at 8:33 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. David was such a wonderful friend to myself and my wife. We went to dinner with David and Mary many times over the years. We so enjoyed their company. I am so very sad over this, and it reminds that Dave was truly like a "dad" figure to me for several years. He will be so very missed, and I will never forget him. love and sympathy, Joe and Linda Anderson.

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