James P. Joyce, age 92

of Quincy

James P. Joyce, age 92

James P. Joyce, age 92, of Quincy, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully, Sunday, January 12, 2020, in the comfort of his loving family and friends.

James was born in Boston, to the late William and Mary (McDonough) Joyce. Raised in South Boston, he was a graduate of South Boston High School. He had lived in Quincy for fifty-six years, previously in South Boston.

He was employed as a millwright for forty-four years with the Raytheon Corporation and had worked in the Waltham and Norwood locations.

James was a proud World War II veteran having served as a Seaman 1/c in the U.S. Navy Seabees with the 148th and 38th Naval Construction Battalions. He participated in the Pacific theatre and on the island of Okinawa. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member of the Cyril P. Morrissette American Legion Post #294 in Quincy.

He loved to read and was an avid Boston sports fan. James also was a volunteer with the Quincy Council on Aging and helped at charitable cookouts and events with the Quincy Police Citizens program.

Most of all, he was dedicated to his family and especially his cherished grandchildren.

Beloved husband for sixty-two years of Margaret M. (O’Connor) Joyce.

Devoted father of Patrick J. Joyce of Quincy, Joanne M. Stephens and her husband Jeff of Norfolk, William M. Joyce and his wife Cheryl of Braintree, James T. Joyce and his wife Kathleen of Milton, and Margaret M. McGillvray and her husband Richard of Bridgewater.

Loving grandfather of Eric, Rachel and Evan Stephens, Matthew Joyce, Taylor Chang and her husband Jeff, Kevin Joyce, Patrick and Jamie Joyce, Meghan and Kristen McGillvray.

James was the last of six siblings and is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, January 17th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Thursday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment, with military honors, at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

For those who wish, donations in memory of James may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.


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  • Uncle Jimmy,
    I know you are in Heaven now.
    I will miss my favorite Uncle.
    Love Bobby.

  • Peg and Joyce family,
    Condolences on your loss, Jimmy was a great dad and great big brother to my mom, she always appreciative of his visits.


  • I will miss you Uncle Jimmy you were the best loved our phone conversations and sending love and hugs to your beautiful family

  • Dear Peggy and family, I was so sorry to hear of Jimmy’s passing. I have many fond memories of afternoons and evenings spent as a child and teenager with Uncle Jimmy and Peg, and Aunt Peg and Walter at 993 Dorchester Avenue with their growing families. Laughter, good cheer, and a cup of tea with those delicious cupcakes from the bakery across the street. Uncle Jimmy always had a smile on his face. Peg always had some useful advice to give as she was bustling around the kitchen. May he rest in a well-deserved peace.

    Love, Rita

  • Uncle Jimmy and Auntie Peggy – I am so sorry to hear of your passing but I know you are now at peace. What wonderful childhood memories I have spending time at your house as well as Peggy and Walter! Loved spending time with my cousins and I appreciate you always coming to pick up Joanne at my house when she couldn’t spend the night. No matter what time, you always came for her. Pete was lucky, I never called him to come get me, I loved sleeping over both houses. I thank you so much for all the pictures you have sent me recently. There were not many pictures of me as kid but you seemed to have some – so I thank you! Say hi to my parents, Walter and Peggy and everyone else. Til we meet, I love you and thank you for all my fondest childhood memories. Love you all! Patty

  • Rest in peace my dear Dad. I am missing you already. You have the kindest heart and soul. I admire you for all you have done for me and our family. You amaze me. I cherish all the family memories, but most importantly all you have accomplished in your life. You gave me a truly amazing family and I can only thank you for that. I love you with all my heart.