Charles H. Joyce, 84, of Andover, NY, died June 9 after an extended illness.
Charlie grew up on the family farm in Andover and began working in the oil and gas industry at 14. In 1950, he partnered with his brother James V. Joyce to form Joyce Pipeline Company. In 1981, with his son Charlie P. Joyce, he purchased Otis Eastern Service Inc., Wellsville, NY. Otis Eastern is now one of the leading pipeline contractors in the U.S. Although he “officially” retired in 1994, he kept an office there and continued to work on a wide variety of projects.
At the time of his death, he served as president of Andover Oil, a company he founded after his retirement. He had an incredible understanding of his industry and was a respected expert in his field. A well-known pipeline industry veteran, Joyce was an honorary member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association. He was a long-time officer of the New York State Oil Producers Association, serving as its president since 2008.
Joyce was an avid reader and spent a good bit of time on the golf course in his later years. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage. He was a quiet philanthropist, always willing to help those in need. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover and the Blessed Pope John XXIII in Fort Myers, Fla. He was a member of the Andover Lions Club, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Wellsville Elks Club.
In addition to his wife Lorraine, he is survived by two sons, Charles P. Joyce (Sherry Walton) and Richard (Tina Iantorno) Joyce, both of Wellsville; two daughters, Cheryl (Michael) Jackson of Wellsville and Teresa Joyce of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren, Matthew Jackson, Molly (Burt) Turner, Melanie Jackson, Casey Joyce, Anna Joyce, and Cory Joyce; five great-grandchildren, Kylen Jackson, Maeve Turner, Josey Turner, Cal Turner, and Wes Urbano; a sister, Mary Anne Davis ; a brother, James V. Joyce; three brothers-in-law, Charles Howland, Paul (Carol) Hyland, and Carl Atwell; one sister-in law Suzanne Slocum; many nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son John; a brother, W. Donald Joyce; two sisters, Sandra Howland and Joanne (Merle) Dibble; three sisters-in law, Marianne Joyce, Helma Joyce, and Corinne Atwell; and two brothers-in-law, Everett (Abe) Davis and James Hyland.
Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Hart Comfort House, Wellsville New York, the Andover New York Free Library, or a charity of the donor’s choice.