THE recent death of Jack Joyce brought widespread sadness to the people of Mayfield and beyond but more importantly to his heartbroken family whom he adored.
Known as Jackie, he was born in November 1946 and resided in Castleview Terrace on the Lower Road in Glanmire.
In his young days, he played hurling and football with Brian Dillons and while attending Sullivan’s Quay CBS his art for playing hurling also came to the notice of the coaching staff.
Such was his class he was selected for the Dr Harty Cup side but after getting noticed playing soccer by school staff he was immediately removed off the team.
He began playing soccer as a young lad with from 1961 with Crofton Celtic and being the avid sportsman, he was also the cox for the Tivoli Rowing club.
After completing his Leaving Cert Jackie began a pipe fitting apprenticeship at the Crawford Tech school where he began working in the Oil Refinery at Whitegate.
Working in east Cork saw him play soccer with Corkbeg in the late '60s and early '70s, where a club spokesman described him as a midfield maestro.
The next stage of Jackie’s career saw him as one the founder members of Mayfield United in 1971 where he helped run various Minor and Junior teams.
On the family side, he met his wife to be Patty in Crosshaven at the young age of 18 and they later married in the North Cathedral in 1970 and sadly the couple would have been celebrating their Golden Anniversary in November as the family were sending them on a cruise.
Jackie and Patty were blessed with four daughters Shirley, Sonya, Jaclyn and Cassie and with 10 grandchildren the family unity was very evident.
When Jackie finished his football, he took up golf at the age of 40 when he joined Mallow GC and from there, he went on strut his skills at Harbour Point before the course closed in 2009. The picturesque setting of Fota was next for Jackie as he joined the East Cork Golf Club.
Eldest daughter Shirley described the wonderful years he spent playing golf at the club.
“Dad absolutely loved it where he played three times a week and you could see going out the door the pleasure he got going for his game of golf,” said Shirley.
In his younger days, Jackie was an avid Cork Celtic fan but in recent years he was a season ticket holder at Cork City where he enjoyed his Friday evenings supporting his local club.
Over the years Jackie was a very successful businessman where he started Murjoy in 1978 with Mick Murphy and that partnership lasted until 1995. He was on the fundraising committee for the Roof refurbishment of the Our Lady of Crowned Church in Mayfield where Jackie attended mass on a daily basis.
Life was great until Christmas 2019 when he was taken to the Cork University Hospital.
Jackie, a non-drinker or smoker, had never complained up to this as he was a healthy fit man but in mid-January, he was diagnosed with inoperable stage four pancreatic cancer. The whole world had suddenly been turned upside down for the Joyce family.
Sadly, across 14 weeks in the hospital, he was only allowed home for 15 days in that period and when the Covid-19 lockdown came that increased the stress for the family.
“All he ever wanted to do was have that last game of golf or see a football game just the normal things in life he was used to doing but sadly it wasn’t to be on all fronts,” added Shirley.
Four days before Jackie’s death he was allowed home and was duly removed by ambulance to his home in Mayfield.
The paramedics made an attempt to help Jackie but he declined.
“He duly walked in and sat down on his chair for a half-hour and then decided to walk upstairs and back down and that was probably his way of saying I’m happy now in the surroundings of my home.”
Jackie only lasted three more days as he passed away after an incredibly hard-fought battle.
On Saturday, April 4 Jackie was buried at Kilcully with only immediate family at his graveside as his many friends were left to remember a true gentleman.
Thanks for the memories Jackie!