Obituary of Thomas Walter Eeves Joyce, Jr.
Thomas Walter Eeves Joyce, Jr. of Southampton and formerly of Flushing, New York, 81, died on July 6, 2018, in Silver Spring, Maryland, surrounded by his loving family, while in Hospice Care.
Mr. Joyce was born on August 23rd, 1936, in New York City at St. Vincent’s Hospital to parents Thomas Walter Eeves Joyce and Margarete Maria Luise Urban. He graduated from St. Anselm’s College in June 1958. On November 29, 1958, he married his beloved wife Meredith Joan Platt, whom he originally met "practically in the crib,” as his father (a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law) and her father, William Bangs Platt (a graduate of Georgetown Law), became close friends while at Georgetown University. Mr. Joyce graduated from New York Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1963. He retired in 1988, as Vice President & Senior Associate Counsel of The Chase Manhattan Bank, NA, after more than 23 years of service as a Litigation Attorney.
He and his wife Meredith owned and managed the Another Time Antiques shop in the Village of Southampton for over 25 years, where Mr. Joyce particularly specialized in the sale and repair of model trains and shared his love of trains with those who entered the shop. Mr. Joyce was a devout Catholic and long-time parishioner of the Basilica Church of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary where he was married, and his mother-in-law, Edith Guldi Platt, played the organ for more than 40 years. Mr. Joyce volunteered in many service roles at the Church over the years.
In 2014, he and Meredith moved to the Riderwood Retirement Community in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Joyce was predeceased by his brother, James Joyce, on December 24, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 and a half years, Meredith Joyce; his sister, Elizabeth Joyce of Southampton; his daughter Catherine Joyce Gates and husband Bret of Kensington, Maryland; his son, Thomas W.E. Joyce III and wife Lori of Doylestown, Pennsylvania; and four grandchildren, Kevin Gates of Gainesville, Florida, Ryan Joyce and fiancée Melissa Butler of Williamsburg, Virginia, Brendan Gates and wife, Christie of Davidson, North Carolina, and Kayla Joyce of Danbury, Connecticut.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 2-4 pm, and 7-9 pm, at O’Connell-Rothwell Funeral Home, 30 Little Plains Road, Southampton, New York.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated starting on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 10:30 am, at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, 168 Hill Street, Southampton, New York.
In lieu of Flowers, please consider memorial donations to: The Basilica Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton, New York; and Holy Cross Hospice, Silver Spring, Maryland.