Robert C. Joyce, 67

Robert Joyce

BROWNFIELD β€” Robert Cleland Joyce, 67, died unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

Born in Cincinnati and brought up in Huntington, N.Y., Robert lived all of his adult life in northern New England.

Robert, also known as Pepper to his music community, was a true performer. He played both the drums and the guitar. For many years, he played at the Fryeburg Fair. He also played for years with β€œThe Sensations,” and with that band opened at the Maine Blues Festival on the big stage. Most recently, he had been playing jazz with some friends, and he was having the time of his life.

Robert loved sports, particularly basketball. He was a star for his Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, N.Y. He was recognized this past December at a special event for being the first player to score over 1,000 points during his career. He attended Stetson University on a full basketball scholarship. 

For many years, Robert worked at Crawford Notch State Park. He is also well-known in the education field, where he taught many students with special needs math and reading. He had a gift with children. He was the original owner of Route 160 ice cream in Cornish, which ran successfully for years under his ownership and is still going strong.

Robert leaves a son, Julian Joyce and his brothers John and Tom; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Holly Joyce.

He was married to the love of his life, Barbara Gartland, for 25 years. All of his loved ones will miss his generous spirit and his joy. His love of life was contagious. Robert will be remembered for his kindness and generosity.

A celebration of life was held on Sunday, March 3, at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Fryeburg Academy Music Department or Mountain Top Music.

Arrangements are under the care of Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren Street, Fryeburg.

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