John P. Koyce Jr., Morristown
Jack Koyce passed away peacefully after a short illness on September 10, 2013. Born on November 10, 1924 to the late John Sr. and Catherine Koyce, he was a lifelong Morristown resident. Growing up an Irish Catholic altar boy, Jack was a graduate of the Bayley school, and then matriculated from Seton Hall College (now University) with an English degree. After a short stint as a postman, he went to work at the family business, the Maple Avenue Garage. He became proprietor in 1974, weathering the energy crisis with aplomb and enjoying chauffeuring for weddings and other occasions. He also reveled in having the neighborhood children come in for the coldest Pepsi Colas in town (quarters optional) and for air for their bike tires. For many years, he was a proud member of the First Ward Hose Company on Morris Street as a volunteer firefighter, achieving the rank of Assistant Chief in 1964. In addition to joining the fire department in 1955, he enjoyed a good crossword puzzle done in pen, Laurel and Hardy movies (especially "Babes in Toyland"), a nightly gin martini on the rocks with three olives, and was a devoted fan of the Viennese waltz and operetta, particularly those of Victor Herbert and Franz Lehar. He was married for 40 years to Mary Helen Petrie, who predeceases him. He was also predeceased by his sister, Anne, and a brother, Tommy.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia, and his brothers Terry and Paul, numerous nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, three step grandchildren, three great grandchildren and two crazy grand dogs.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Monday, September 16, at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of New Jersey, 150 Morris Avenue, Suite 102, PO Box 1184, Springfield, NJ 07081 or at www.lupus.org.