John “JJ” M. Joyce

July 25, 1954 – January 18, 2024


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.

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  1. John ambrosino

    Just a real good person. A great guy to be around. I had many great times with JJ and mostly all of that time we were laughing. Rest in peace my brother. God bless you!

    • saraah tesauro

      Sorry to hear about your brother John Joyce

      • T. Hart

        So many good times. All the concerts. A quart of beer on the way to Burger King every Saturday. Trip to Fort Lauderdale. So many other memories. You will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in peace.


        One of the funniest people on the planet!!. In 1982, JJ was our driver in my first wedding from the church to the reception in his Lincoln Continental with the ” suicide doors”. Although it was only 5 miles, the stories and laughter will last a lifetime. Rest in peace my friend

  2. Tara McBride

    I hope you’re at peace with your loved ones in heaven. Give my Dad a big hug for me. I will treasure the memories I have of you both.

    • Kathleen Lafferty

      To the entire Joyce family, I send my sincere condolences from Lexington Kentucky. Most of memories of John are when we all grew up in Norwood. Our Moms were BFF”S before we all knew what that was.
      John had a huge heart even as a young boy, only second to his sense of humor.
      When our paths crossed as adults, John never failed to tell me that he loved me & my family….
      Today, John, I tell you that I always will love you & your family.
      Thank you, buddy. Rest Easy, JJ!

  3. Jim Cawley

    He added so much to my life in that: ‘don’t take it so seriously’. Many nights I would come home and my mother would say “do you have any JJ stories?” My mother and family loved JJ. I thank him for all the humor and friendship he brought to me and family since I was 14 y/o.
    Don’t do the math…lol.

    Miss you buddy.


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