Obituaries 07-04-2013

Thomas Joyce

Retired Engineer and Computer Technology Pioneer

Thomas F. “Tom” Joyce, a longtime resident of Westford, formerly of Chelsea, died June 29 after a brief illness. He was 77 years old.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was the beloved husband of Caroline (Witkowski) Joyce with whom he would have celebrated 56 years of marriage this October.

Born in Boston, August 16, 1935, a son of the late Thomas A. and Genevieve (Gleason) Joyce of Chelsea, he was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1953. He furthered his education at Boston University where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Science. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude, from Northeastern University.

Mr. Joyce enlisted in the U. S. Air Force on November 20, 1956, serving with the 1st Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron as a Senior Airman, First Class. He received the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged on November 19, 1962.

After proudly serving his country, he became affiliated with Honeywell as an Engineer, where his long, distinguished career included the development of 35 US Patents in the field of computer science. His pioneering contributions to the world of technology included advancements in the Pentium Processor, which continue to influence most computers used today.

Tom was twice presented with the prestigious H. W. Sweatt Award, Honeywell’s highest recognition for outstanding ability and contributions, bestowed on only the top .3% of scientists and engineers. His patents created numerous product success stories for companies such as NEC, Intel, Honeywell, Bull, and RPX, to name a few.

Tom loved music, all things electronic, and gadgets of any kind. Infinitely more than any of his awards or accomplishments, he enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends, especially on the holidays, and just hanging out with his cherished grandchildren. Tom had a wonderful voice, and would often spontaneously serenade his wife in song.

He was a devout communicant of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church of Westford.

In addition to his wife, Caroline, he is survived by three sons: James A. Joyce and his fiancé, Alane C. Zuppa of Arlington, Thomas S. Joyce of Washington D.C., and Brian E. Joyce and his fiancé, Debbie Walton of Lunenburg; two daughters, Barbara A. Joyce of Fitchburg, and Eileen M. Joyce of Westford; six grandchildren: Michelle M. Gallant and her fiancé, Matthew Anderson of Maynard, Jessica L. Gallant of Fitchburg, James A. Joyce and Jason A. Joyce, both of Somerville, Justin A. Joyce of Lowell, and Jared A. Joyce of Arlington; one great-granddaughter, Stella C. Anderson; two sisters, Priscilla Burke and Elizabeth Joyce, both of Chelsea, and by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late George F. Joyce and the late John G. Welch.

Friends were received at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 North Main St., Westford, on Tuesday, July 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine Church today, Wednesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. with interment with Military Honors in St. Catherine Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, Lowell and Funeral Directors Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss, Jr.

Frank Holland

Retired Postal Employee, served in both US Army and US Air Force

Frank E. Holland, a longtime Chelsea resident, passed away peacefully at home on June 27. He was 77 years old.

Born in Everett, he was the son of Frederick and Gertrude (Rogers) Holland. He attended local schools in Chelsea and following high school enlisted in the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged, he re-enlisted serving in the US Air Force and again in the US Army.

He worked for many years as a mail clerk for the U.S. Postal Service at the South Boston Postal Annex until his retirement. He was a member of the American Postal Workers Union. Frank was a caring man who enjoyed sports and feeding the birds and cats in his neighborhood.

He was the loving son of the late Frederick and Gertude (Rogers) Holland; dear brother of Grace Janiak and her husband, Michael of Salem; cherished uncle of Debra Zelano and her husband, Carlo of Beverly, Susan O’Hearn and her husband, Frank of Tewksbury, Linda McLaughlin and her husband, Scott of Salem and Kristen Taglieri and her husband, David of Peabody. He is also survived by seven great nieces and nephews.

Honoring Frank’s wishes, funeral services were conducted privately with funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Robert Suszynski  

Retired Truck Driver

Robert M. Suszynski of Manchester, NH, formerly of Chelsea, passed away Wednesday morning at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester NH after courageously battling diabetes for the past 20 years.  He was 57 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late John and Helen T. (Bobrycki) Suszynski.  He attended Chelsea Schools and was a member of Chelsea High School, Class of 1973.  He worked as truck driver for Kayem Foods and various produce companies.  Earlier he worked at the shipyards in Charlestown and East Boston as a Chipper/Painter.

Medically disabled for the past 20 years he resided in Rochester for many years with his beloved companion, Pamela Neilson.  He settled in Manchester eight years ago.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved friend Pamela and his brothers, Joseph and John J. Suszynski.  He is survived by his dear sister, Catherine Lava and her husband, Kenneth, a brother Richard and his cherished niece, Lisa Walsh, all of Chelsea.  Robbie also had many friends living and past, they know who they are and they know he considered them as his brothers or sisters.

A memorial service will be announced at a later time.  Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc.  PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or visit  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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