STEUBEN – Frank Guilford Joy, 83, died peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 21, 2014. He was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Addison, to Harvey and Helen (Crowley) Joy.
He was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He graduated from Addison High School in 1947 and attended Massachusetts Trade School studying refrigeration in Boston from 1947-1948. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served for five years. Upon returning to Downeast Maine, he attended the University of Maine at Machias and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1958. He was teacher and principal at Steuben Grammar School until 1966 and later at Harrington Elementary School for one year. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Maine at Orono in 1968 and Advanced Certificate of Graduate Study in 1970. Upon graduation he served the Machias school system as an Elementary Supervisor and Assistant to the Superintendent until 1974. In November 1974, he became Superintendent of Schools for Union 96 and later retired in 1985. After his retirement, he operated Unionville Sash and Glass for several years. He was an avid gardener and was well known for making many gallons of Gug’s delicious sour pickles which he shared with family and friends. He also enjoyed several fishing trips to Quebec with his son, Donnie and numerous friends. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 8, Past Master of Narraguagus Lodge No. 88, Blanquefort Commandery of the Knight’s Templar, Anah Temple Shriners, and Washington County Shrine Club.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce (Leighton) Joy of Unionville; two sons and a daughter, Donald and Sally Joy of Machias, Kathy and Peter Willis of Hooksett, N.H., and Jeffrey Joy and Tania Cody of Winterport. In addition three grandchildren, Amanda Gardner and her husband, Chris, of Edmunds, Ashley Worcester and her husband, Corey, of Cherryfield, and Hannah Willis of Hooksett, N.H.; five great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Emmitt, and Reagan Gardner, and Ava and Aly Worcester; a sister, Arlene Guptill; and brothers, George and Richard Joy; as well as a great-aunt, Doris Joy; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Bragdon Kelley Funeral Home, Milbridge. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Bragdon Kelley Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Kelley officiating. Interment will be at Unionville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.