August 4, 1926 – February 18, 2020
Joyce passed away on February 18, 2020 at Comox Valley Hospital.
She was born in Romford, Essex, England on August 4, 1926.
Joyce met future husband Zygmunt, a Polish Air Force veteran in 1943 while he was stationed in Blackpool, England. They married in April, 1945 and emigrated to Canada (along with watchful mother-in-law Edna Beal) in April, 1949. After a brief stint in the Caribou region of BC, they settled in Port Coquitlam where they built a home and raised their daughter Josephine. In 1989, Joyce and Zygmunt retired to the Comox Valley.
Joyce’s first love was always husband Zygmunt, but her second love was the theatre. She appeared in and directed many productions over her life, including several as part of the Evergreen Second Stage Players group in Courtenay.
Joyce was truly a liberated woman. During her 50-plus year working career, among her many accomplishments, she was the first woman to work within the confines of the BC Penitentiary as secretary to the Warden and then became BC’s first female Justice of the Peace while working for the Port Moody Police Department.
While retired in the Comox Valley, she was actively involved in several community organizations such as the CNIB, White Cane Society, St Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary, OAP and was a founding member of the Orca Probus club.
Joyce was predeceased by husband Zygmunt and grandson Marshal Graham.
She is survived by daughter Josephine (Michael) Graham and grand daughter Kirsten Graham.
The family would like to thank Dr. J. Law for his kind care over the years and Dr. I. Winter and the staff of the 4th floor Transitional Care Unit at Comox Valley Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion during Joyce’s extended stay.
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