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Obituary.

ICON STABLE PATRICK JOYCE.

Residents wore alow to believe th( report that became current on Sunday afternoon tbat Constable Joyce had pissed away. The nevs soon be came confirmed, and residents realisec that a notable public officer had beer removed. The late Constable Joyc« was m many respects a unique personage. He had a strong individuality, and was a man of magnificent physique, possessed also of a shrewd sense of human nature, and had a wonderful amount- of tact m Ideal. ng witb difficult problems that came before him. His long connection with the Police Force, and his duties as Clerk of the Court m Otautau, with the re--'poasibility cast upon him of administering tbe affairs of a widely scattered district, had made him get a grasp of legal and court procedure that compelled respect from those who had occasion to havo dealings with him m his official capacity. Under the rustgpr 1 exterior there was much kin Lio -is oJ heart, aud if a wise word and a little a 1 monition would serve the purpose of preventing many a young .man from pursuing a wrong course, Constable j Joyce would give such admonition I rathe/ than bring the culprit to sum raary justice. That thia kindly feeling was occasionaly taken advantage of does not retract from the wisdom dis played by tbe deceased ofEcer. The late Coc stable Joyce was, physically, as near!y y a perfect specimen of manhood as it would bo possible to get. Those who knew him m his younger dayS recall the splendid build ot the man, and it is therefore not surprising tbat some records of his prowess and courage should have heen handed down to the present. .No casual observer could have concluded that the deceased would be removed by death so suddenly. During Sunday morning he had some official oftice work to attend to, after which he had dinner with his family, and, shortly after complained of feeling unwell ; within three hours he had pa3s-.' ed away. Constable Joyce was born m Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland, and received his education there, he was 63 years of age at the time of his death and would have completed 80 years of service m the police force m August next when it was his intention to retire. He landed m N.Z. by the ship Sevilla at Bluff m 1861 and as might be expected from, a young and vigorous Irishman as he was then the life and excitement of the diggings attracted him and to these he wended his way gning through most of the Otago rashes, including the Shotover when ho worked on the -adjoining claim to Mr Donald Mclntosh\of Culblair. In 1874 he married Miss Joyce daughter of Mr John Joyce also of County Galwßy, and his survived by his widow one son and one daughter. m 1882 deceased joined the police force serving ia various parts of the Dominion till stationed at Otautau m 1888 m succession to Constable Buchanan on the latters removal to Invercargill. During the long term of his service here he had been engaged m many stirring matters m his official capacity, probably the most exciting being Lis daring exploit m connection with the Merrivale diggings murder m the early nineties. Uld residents will recollect how a digger named Hooker shot Mr and Mra Reynolds, and attempted to shoot the so;: and daughter as weli. It was ruidniglt when Constable Joyce arrived near Merrivale, and had to face two miles of a bush track alone, as no one about the place cared to go into the bush m the dark after such a crime. Constable jJoyce footed his way alone right up to Hooker's hut, and ou entering stumbled over the body of the murderer, who bad meantime committed suicide. Few men could undertake such a mission m the darkIn addition to his dut-es m connection with bis office, Constable Joyce was an active member of the Aparima Lodge of Oddfellows, of which he had been treasurer since the formation of the Lodge. He wa=t also a deeply interested member of the Roman Catholic Churcii m Otautau. The interment takes place to-morrow m the Riverton cemetery. The relatives of deceased bave the heartfelt sympathy of a wide circle of friends m thoir sad bereavement.

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Obituary. Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle, Volume VIII, Issue 386, 1 October 1912

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