Richard E. Joyce

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Richard E. Dick Joyce
     CARY, N.C. -- Richard E. Dick Joyce of Cary, N.C., died on Jan. 23, 2007, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, N.C. The son of Joseph Jabber Joyce and Alice Nevers Rich, Dick was born in Portland on Nov. 18, 1943. He began his baseball career as a pitcher in Portland's Little League where his father, a pitching legend in his own right, was his first coach. He gained local and national recognition pitching for the Andrews Post Junior Legion and Cheverus High School where he was also an outstanding basketball player. Dick went on to earn a BA degree in English from Holy Cross College, graduating cum laude in the class of 1965.
     The Sept. 15, 1961 issue of Time magazine highlighted Dick's surprising decision to turn down a six-figure bonus offer from the Boston Red Sox, choosing instead to accept a full academic scholarship to Holy Cross College where in 1963 he pitched in the College World Series in Omaha. In 1964 he was a member of the United States Baseball Federation team that toured Japan during the Tokyo Summer Olympics.
     In December 1964, Dick signed a contract with the Kansas City A's where his teammates included Sal Bando, Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, Catfish Hunter and the fabled Satchel Paige.
     He had been inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame, Cheverus Hall of Fame and Holy Cross Hall of Fame.
     Dick married his seventh-grade sweetheart, Jeanne K. Walp, in 1968. After a 36-year career with IBM, he retired in August 2006.
     He is survived by his loving wife Jeannie of Cary, N.C.; daughter Danielle of Apex, N.C.; sons Tyler and his wife Jennifer of Pennington, N.J., and Brandon of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren Kiara, Dylan and Maya; sister Patricia A. Crafts and her husband Stephen of Cape Elizabeth, and their children Cpt. Geoffrey Crafts of Harrogate, England, Stephanie of Cape Elizabeth and Jonathan of Portsmouth, N.H.; sister-in-law Constance Walp Coyne of Newfane, Vt., and her children Andrew of Jamaica, Vt. and MJ of
    Williamsville, Vt.; aunts Maxine Blake of Elkton, Md. and Marguerite Joyce Donohue of Hingham, Mass.; and several beloved cousins. In addition, Dick leaves a host of friends, classmates, former teammates and business colleagues, all of whom were dear to him.
     Jeannie and the entire family wish to thank the hundreds of people who have so generously given their love, prayers and support during the past several years.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007, at St. Pius X Church on Ocean Avenue in Portland. All are welcomed to attend a reception at the Cheverus High School Residence following the service.
     In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:
    Cheverus High School
    Capital Campaign
     267 Ocean Avenue
    Portland, Maine 04103
    Holy Cross Fund
     Holy Cross College
     One College St.
    Worcester, Massachusetts 01601
     Arrangements by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland.
     Richard E. Dick Joyce
    172 State Street, Portland, Maine 04101
    1024 Broadway, South Portland, Maine 04106
    (207) 773-6511 Fax (207) 773-9622

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 7, 2007