Ballinlough, Facefield, Claremorris
TOM Joyce, Ballinlough, Facefield, Claremorris, whose death took place recently, was a member of a well known and highly regarded family in the region. News of his passing was received with much sadness and sorrow around the district. He had been coping with an illness in recent months.
Tom was the youngest of the five Joyce brothers and was predeceased by Vincent (Claremorris) last January.
He attended the local school in Facefield and St Colman’s College in Claremorris. He worked for a good many years with McWalter’s in Balla, a company that gave great employment to many in this area in former years. His work with McWalter’s took him to many parts of Mayo and Galway and he was a familiar in the western region in those times.
Tom later spent many years working with Baxter in Castlebar where his quiet and unassuming nature endeared him to his many colleagues in the workforce there. He was a devoted and conscientious worker who took a gentle pride in a job well done and who cherished the goodwill and company of his friends and colleagues.
He married Geraldine Fitzgerald from Mayo Abbey and they had a family of three, daughters Kathy and Emma and son Seán.
After retiring from Baxter a few years ago, Tom took a renewed interest in farming and enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of rural life.
Tom had a fine singing voice and took a keen interest in country music. He was known to sing some of his favourite songs at family gatherings and wedding and social occasions and these were always well received and appreciated by audiences.
He was a loyal supporter of the local Mayo Gaels GAA Club and, like so many thousands more, had a deep love and abiding fondness for the Mayo teams.
Tom was a good friend to many, a gentle soul who rendered many kind deeds over the years in his easy going style.
Reposing was at Balla Funeral Home with removal to Mayo Abbey Church. Interment took place in Balla Cemetery following the Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr Austin Fergus and Fr Chas Guthrie.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Geraldine, their family Kathy, Emma and Seán, brothers Michael (Claremorris) and Paddy and Seamus (New York), his parents-in-law Willie and Nancy Fitzgerald, nephews, nieces, the family circle, neighbours and friends.