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“Can't believe this! A friend, incredible artist and hero. ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: joey kolbe - Malden, MA - Friend

“Hearing of Ed's passing from an old colleague took my breath away.. such a rush of memories, sadness and the profound feeling of loss. I worked very...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: jed schwartz - Washington, NH

“I am so sorry to hear about Eddie's passing. My condolences to his family.My career in Boston virtually started with him in 1982 and I was quick to...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Don Packer - Hanover, MA

“I did not know Edward Joyce. I knew his sister Ellen very briefly. From reading this beautiful obituary, however, I realize I have profited from...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Karen Claxon - Louisville, KY

“We are so sorry to hear about Ed's passing. For over 30 years we worked with Ed on the restoration of films from our National Center for Jewish...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Sharon Pucker Rivo - MA

“I just learned of Eddy's passing. This one hurts. I went on the Joyce Funeral Home site and was greeted with Eddy in a blue oxford shirt (sleeves...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Salvatore Raciti - Savoy, MA

“It's been my honor to call Ed my friend since the early 1970s. We traveled the country together working on many projects and even sailed into the...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Bill Miller - Sherborn, MA

In the summer of 1983 Eddie shot a documentary with us in France and Holland. “I met Eddie in late 1974 at Chapel Street and he quickly became a teacher and friend. He encourage me; challenged me to try new things and gave much...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Henry Berman - DC - Friend

“Eddie was my first friend on the first day of school in the first grade at St Pats in September 1950.He will always hold a special place in my heart....Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Bob Thrift - Tucson, AZ - Friend

“Our sincerest condolences to your family, Pat and Bob Connors.God bless you all. ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Phyllis Regan - Waltham, MA

“Dear Joyce Family,My deepest sympathies. May the many memories sooth your sorrow.Sending my thoughts and prayers to you all.Love Dennis Newcombe ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Dennis Newcombe - Phoenix, AZ

“I wish I could have been there to say goodbye and to let you know I love you, Uncle Eddie. Sending my love and prayers to you, too Auntie Frannie,...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Lori Ingemi - Prospect, KY

“I met Ed when I in my senior year at Boston College while interning at TV Production & Service (TPS)/Boston Catholic TV - over thirty years ago. He...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Paul Reynolds - Dedham, MA

Ed Searles and Ed Joyce discuss a job in the usual darkness of the animation room at Frame Shop. “Too many memories to share here. He was my teacher and friend since 1975. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Loren Miller - Watertown, MA

“I met Ed when he joined ia481. The Frame Shop was already legendary.The great pleasure I got from working alongside him leads to my great sadness he...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Bill Flanagan - Brighton

“Dear Fran,Please know that many of us from the Class of '62 are thinking of you. I hope that you will be comforted by all of your family, friends...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Elenne - Manhasset, NY

“Sending prayers and thoughts to joyce family !! so sorry lose of ed . ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: patricia cabral - weymouth, MA

“Dear Fran,My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Ed had a wonderful sense of humor and he will be greatly missed by all who...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Carroll Hanson - Framingham, MA

“The WHS class of 62 will miss Eddie.Our sympathy goes out to Franny and the family. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: John Airasian

“I always looked up to Ed and admired his talent and accomplishments. I appreciated his kindness and generosity, and always, his gentle and wicked old...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Mike Lowney - Maynard, MA

“My deepest condolences to the entire family. ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: A friend

“Rest in peace Uncle Eddie. I love you. ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Karen Hager - Waltham, MA

“My Big Brother Ed taught me a lot. I love to watch my father paint or do repairs around the house. I love to watch my mother sew, iron and go...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Kathleen Joyce - Yorktown Heights, NY

“Dear Fran, I grew up with Ed as he lived across the street from me on Boyd St. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Bill Cabral - Hampstead, NH

“Dear Joyce Family,The Ed that I remember almost always had a smile on his face, looked at your face intently when you spoke, he had a quick wit and...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Frances J Newcombe - Waltham, MA


Waltham – Filmmaker Ken Burns gave this observation . . . "Do not lose your enthusiasm. In its Greek etymology, the word enthusiasm means, 'God in us'."

In his seventy-one years Ed Joyce never lost his enthusiasm . . . for life . . . for his family . . . for his work. As an expert animation photographer he worked with Burns on epics such as The Civil War, Baseball and Jazz, important works that not only taught us about our past but who we are as part of the American experience.

Ed's career in filmmaking began with a company called Education Development Center in Watertown, a company that created educational films. When that closed he opened his own shop on Los Angeles Street in the Nonantum section of Newton called Frame Shop. It was there his career took on a new dimension in the very specialized field of animation photography . . . the ability to create something new and exciting and alive. Other films that he worked on were A Brief History of Time, Mark Twain, New York: A Documentary Film, Eyes on the Prize, Race to the Moon, Chicago: City of the Century, Einstein Revealed, The Congress, as well as work for television and commercials.

He was a longtime member of Local 481 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Edward T. Joyce died Thursday, May 12, 2016 at his Waltham home. He was 71. He was born in Brighton on October 4, 1944, the son of the late Thomas and Helen (Kelly) Joyce. He was raised in Watertown and was a graduate of Watertown High School.

The best part of his life began on September 10th, 1967 when he married his sweetheart, Watertown native Frances M. Maffucci, in Saint Patrick's Church. The couple lived in Watertown for a time before moving to Framingham where they lived for more than thirty years. They have been Waltham residents since 2001.

In addition to his wife of forty-nine years, Fran, he leaves his children, Thomas E. Joyce of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Robyn L. Joyce-Morrison of Worcester and Matthew G. Joyce of Waltham; his grandchildren, Ryan Angelico, Christina and Anthony Joyce, Payton and Dylan Morrison; his sisters, Ellen Joyce of Louisville, Kentucky, Patricia Connors of Waltham, Mary Joyce of Aurora, Colorado and Kathleen Joyce of Yorktown Heights, New York and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Ed's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, May 16th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.