FRANKLIN—Theodore R. Joy Jr., died Feb. 28, 2010, at his home in Franklin. He was born March 19, 1940, in North Woodstock, Vt., to the late Theodore R. and Queenie G. Joy.
He spent his childhood in Franklin, graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1958, attended the University of Maine, and attended pilot training school in Selma, Ala. He then joined the Maine Air National Guard and flew F-89 fighter jets during the Vietnam War. He was married to Lynn Lee in 1962 and had three children. He then moved to the Portland/Sebago Lake area, where he lived and worked for many years. In 1995, he moved back to Franklin to take care of his mother until her death in 2005. Ted loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He was most happy in the woods identifying bird songs and animal footprints on the forest floor. Ted was very attuned to nature and all its glory. He would identify the constellations and marveled over the extraordinary beauty of the planet. He was a member of the Franklin Veterans Club.
He is survived by his three children, Theodore R. III of Decatur, Ala., who is a colonel in the U.S. Army; Bradley G., a models & simulations federation manager based in Grafenwoehr, Germany, and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Europe; and Jennifer L. Joy of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., who is the associate executive director of the Brooks Family YMCA. He is also survived by his brother, David A. Joy of West Jordan, Utah; his sister, Jean Joy Rosenbluth of Reston, Va.; by eight grandchildren; and many wonderful friends. Ted also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Franklin Veterans Club, Franklin. Donations may be made in his memory to the Franklin Veterans Club or by passing on Ted’s generous spirit through a good deed to others. Family and friends may offer their condolences to the Joy family by visiting www.bragdonkelley.com.