John “JJ” passed away peacefully on January 18, 2024 after battling with medicaI issues. He was born in Phila, grew up in Norwood with 6 siblings, attended grade school at St. Gabriel’s and graduated from lnterboro High School.
JJ lived a simple life and never asked for much. He had many friends and was known wherever he went. JJ would always have a story to tell about the railroad or working at Boeing. His quick wit and
sense of humor were one of his greatest assets. His love of his late wife Cindy never stopped as was evident that he passed on the exact day of her death 15 years prior.
JJ will be remembered for the love of his jobs. He worked on the railroads, he retired from Boeing in which he was employed from 1985-1999. Followed by his work at Piasecki Aircraft in Essington. One of his proudest accomplishments was working on the first Boeing Osprey Helicopter. He was noted at Boeing for his dedication to working with Special Olympic kids. He also enjoyed playing golf.
He will be missed dearly and we pray that he is now at peace.
Preceded in death by his late wife Cindy (Gavetti) Joyce, his parents Charles and Dorothy Joyce, and sister Kathi Joyce. JJ is survived by his daughter Crystal (Joyce) Bobnak and her fiancé Pauly Thompson, and grandchildren Miley Bobnak and Mia Thompson. Also survived by his siblings Kevin Joyce, Noreen Dalton (Bill), Marybeth McFate (Jim), Patty Smith (Rick) and Rose Ednie (Jim).
His Visitation will be held Friday, January 26th from 10-11 am with a Prayer Service to follow at 11 am at Griffith Funeral Chapel, 520 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074.
ln lieu of flowers please send donations to The Special Olympic Kids Foundation, 2600 Virginia Ave NW, 11th Floor, Washington DC 20037.