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Kendall Joseph Joyce

July 28, 1956 - February 18, 2021


Kendall Joseph Joyce
Born: July 28, 1956
Passed: February 18, 2021 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kendall Joseph Joyce at the age of 64 on Thursday February 18, 2021. Ken was born on July 28, 1956 to Patrick and Agnes Joyce.  He was the baby of a family of six children Tommy, Jimmy, Sally, Suzie, Kevin and Kenny. His big family was the foundation for how Ken would carry on his own life. He was so proud to be a Joyce and his family was the most important piece of his life. He respected and admired his parents and siblings always. Ken had many nieces and nephews who he loved very much and was always excited to see them and hear about their lives.

He met his sweetheart Susan when she was 16 and he was 19. They married December 2, 1978 and have two wonderful children Sean (Lori) & Kristina (Christopher). Ken was very close to Susan’s family and was always there for them. His children both gave Ken his greatest joy and gift, his grandsons Coen 7 and Finley 2. Being a father was Ken’s greatest achievement and there was nothing that made him prouder than his children.  He was that Dad that they could call anytime and he would be there for them or help them in any way he could. As his children grew and came to have their own accomplishments he shared in their happiness and was full of pride. There isn’t another man as close to his children in an individual way than he was. He had his own special relationship with his daughter in- law Lori and son in- law Christopher and was as proud of them as he was his own children.

Ken achieved his Sprinkler fitter Red Seal ticket in 1979 and had a successful career working for over 41 years. Through those years he made many friends and had the opportunity to teach and guide many young men who today credit him for their start in their careers. Ken was a natural teacher and mentor, and has taught so many of us in different ways. Mostly in patience, generosity, kindness and to have a sense of humour.

Ken enjoyed the outdoors and being active. He was a natural athlete and better than average at almost anything he chose to do. He was known to work hard and play hard. Ken always lived in the moment and determined to live his life to the fullest. Ken was beloved by all he met, his humour and willingness to help anyone without question made him a person admired by all. There was an ease to his spirit that made him an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Ken will forever be missed!!

Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will organized at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or if you wish to honor Ken, please donate to either Diabetes, Kidney or Cancer societies.


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From: Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre

Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Kristina Najman
Relation: Daughter

Dad I will write more at a later date… but for now, know that I love you & miss u deeply! You’re the best father and friend I could have ever asked for. Thank u for being such an incredible person!! ❤️

From: Lori Joyce
Relation: Father-in-law

To the man who was so much more to me than just my father in law…..to the man who always made me feel welcome in his family and always made my eggs perfectly. To the man who made the best blueberry pancakes, and always took my side when Sean and I had a “disagreement”. To the man who never said no to anything and never expected anything in return. To the man who was always up for a family adventure, and always had the best and most extravagant tarp setup for camping. To the man who loved to fish with the guys, and go on vacation somewhere hot. To the man who always made me laugh. There are so many memories I will cherish forever but there is so much of you in Sean and Coen that you will always be with us. I love you so much, thank you so much for always being there and just for being you.

From: Tricia
Relation: Niece

Work hard, play harder but Sundays are for sleeping in. Live life to the fullest, laugh, love. Make everyone feel welcome with no judgement. These are only a few of my Uncle Ken’s traits and I can’t come close to being the wonderful human being that he was. He will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

From: Jieun yi
Relation: Friend

Dearest Ken, you always had a way of brightening a room or situation. It has been a while but I have fond memories of your smile, jokes, “don’t sweat the small stuff” attitude… and I will cherish that. To the Joyce fam, Kristina, Susan and Sean, much love and condolences ♥ì

From: Sharie Smith
Relation: Sister in law

Sending my condolences to the entire Joyce family. Ken was a very special person. He entered my life when I was 8 years old when he started dating my sister Susan. The rule in our house was you couldn’t go out until the dinner dishes were done and put away. Susan washed and I dried. Ken would wait patiently at our kitchen table for us to finish. Being the brat that I was, I used to take my time keeping him there longer. I would wait patiently at the living room window waiting for their return, pretending to read a book. But as soon as they pulled up, I was watching them and giving my family a play by play.. now they’re kissing, now she’s getting out of the car. But he still loved me. That first Christmas he spent with our family he made me Barbie furniture. Which I still have today. I believe he made it in his woodwork class in high school. As I got a little older I developed a crush on chachi from The tv show Happy Days portrayed by Scott Baio. When Ken found out Scott Baio was coming to town, He took his Sunday and spent it with me at a car show in the line up waiting to meet him. It took hours. But he was patient and waited even when I was ready to give up we persisted. I still have my photo and autograph from that day tucked away somewhere. Ken taught me a lot too. My family didn’t do much in the way of camping. Well at least not in a tent. But Ken did and he taught me how. We used to go camping yearly the last week of July first week of August if you could squeeze in two weeks. It was perfect timing as Kens birthday fell in there and we were able to celebrate him. He loved to water ski and spend time on the boat. Ken also taught me to drive. He was patient and understanding and even took me and let me use his car for the road test. Throughout the years we did some travelling including a road trip to the Napa Valley. We’ve also been to Las Vegas a few times, a couple of trips to Mexico. But I think my all time favourite is the road trip to California when Sean was just 1. When we lost the sewer hose to the RV that you rented and we pulled into “Truck Parts” in Indio. I remember you walking in and going up to the counter and asking if they sold sewer hoses. The whole place became silent, you looked down the counter to realize it was a cafe named truck parts.
I could go on and on as Ken and I we’ve done some pretty cool things.
Ken hasn’t just been my brother in law, he’s been my friend, a brother and even at times a father figure. He’s someone very dear to me who I will always remember fondly. Dusty loves Ken and will miss him. Life won’t be the same but we will do our best to get by until we meet again ❤️

From: Carolyn Langton
Relation: Friend

Ken, your aura was so bright, it could dazzle any room you were in. I will miss your infectious personality, your big laugh, those sparkling eyes, and how you always made me feel so welcome – I especially enjoyed hearing your stories of your and Bob’s exploits and adventures back in the “good old days”! Your zest for life and deep love for family are inspirational to me. You will always be in my heart.

From: Terry Shannon
Relation: Long time friend, forever!

A truly wonderful human being has left us. Ken will even make heaven a better place! So many wonderful things have been said about him, all I can do is confirm them all. Nothing but good memories and lot’s of laughs. A true gentleman, a sincere friend, a void is felt within me with him moving on.

From: Dianne Mackenzie
Relation: Friend

Susan, Sean and Kristina words cannot express how deeply sorry l am for the loss of Ken. Susan and I were best friends in school and so I met Ken when I was sixteen. Besides Ken being a gorgeous “hunk” and way out of our league (I thought!) he had the most gentle, kind soul and was perfect for Susan. We lost touch over the years but reconnected and I got to meet their wonderful family including their two grandchildren who remind me so much of Ken. With all Ken had to endure over these past years he never lost his positivity, sense of humor and that big smile! My heart aches for the Joyce and Thorogood clans. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

From: Kevin Joyce
Relation: Brother

What do you say when you’ve lost a brother and a best friend? Being a year apart we were inseparable up through our teens. From roaming around 12th and Nanaimo in the 60’s building rafts and floating around the various small ponds near our home, to playing with the Eldon Rd race set we got when we were 6 and 7, so many great memories. Kenny was an adventurer, he was younger but always dove off the high board while I was jumping off the low one. Always up for a challenge, there was no-where that Mom could hide the shortbread cookies at Christmas. We would get home from school and search the house until we found them. When our older brother’s bought farms, out we went, what an experience that was, weekends spent on a real farm. At Tommy’s we went into the cow paddock. The cows started heading towards us (likely just wanting to be fed) but we bolted, scared city slickers. At Jimmy’s place we fed Pauline’s horse Kitty apples and we got on her for a ride and she bucked us off, Kenny landing on top of me. At nineteen Kenny met the love of his life Susan, they married and I was never prouder than when he asked me to be his best man. He and Sue started their own family and what a family they are; Sean and Kristina were born and oh, was he made for this, he was always there, always patient, always kind, always supportive and always full of love. Ken was a natural athlete, while I lived in Toronto he taught himself to bare foot water ski. I came back and was driving the boat at Kakawa Lake and made a slight turn, he remained upright but when we got back to shore I soon learned (with a few curse words and lots of laughter) that you are not to turn the boat when barefooting. Many weeks spent at Whatcom, Kakawa and Mable Lake camping and water skiing are imbedded in my mind. Both sprinkler fitters, we worked together on and off through the years, who gets that chance to work with your brother on projects? All the Joyce boys along with nephews David and Christopher entered a pool league. Monday nights were spent at the pub shooting pool and invariably other family members and friends would show up. Always fun times with lots of laughter and jousting. Family dinners, Christmas and the July birthdays were permanents in our lives. They will never be the same. He was very well loved and he reciprocated that to all. I will miss him so, forever and always in my heart.

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