Anthony Joyce
Print compositor

ANTHONY Joyce, who spent his career in printing but was also a keen rugby league player, has died aged 83.  He spent most of his working life as a compositor at the Yorkshire Post, firstly at its Albion Street premises, in Leeds, then in its new building when that opened in Wellington Street in the late 1960's.
  He played rugby league in the second row as an amateur for Sharlston and Eastmoor clubs in Wakefield, and professionally for Keigthley and Doncaster.
  Mr Joyce was born in Wakefield, the second of five children of Irish-born parents Jack and Florence, and was educated at St Austin's Roman Catholic School in the city.  When he left, he did his two years National Service in the Army, serving as a bugler, before training to be a printer.
  He served his apprenticeship at the Wakefield Express, before joining the Yorkshire Post in the early 1960s where he stayed until he retired.
  Away from work, he was a member of the Outwood Supertroupers, a singing group that would tour residential homes, and similar places, entertaining residents. He was a very jovial man who was always smiling and, being very proud of his Irish inheritance, loved its music and had a large repertoire of Irish songs.
  In later years, he enjoyed playing crown green bowls at Outwood and College Grove, Wakefield.
  Mr Joyce was married in 1960 and he and his wife June had a daughter Belinda.  They divorced in the early 1970s.
  He is survived by Doreen, his partner of 18 years, his daughter Belinda, step children David a former Captain of Leeds Rugby League team and England international, Gail and Beverley, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

This article was 'borrowed' (stolen ?) from the Y.E.P. by Melvin Ashton     Print Version

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