Alvin's Story

OLD TOWN - Alvin E. "Buster" Joy, 90, died peacefully August 25, 2016. He was born December 28, 1925 in Orrington a son of Alvin E. and Isabel (MacNevin) Joy.

From an early age, Buster realized the importance of family. At age 17, Buster's dad died and he stepped right in to take care of his mother and family. This trait of being a family centered man who cared for his family stayed with Buster throughout his life as illustrated with the special bond with his daughter Susette. The family camp at Pushaw became a gathering place for many family functions. When the children were little, he taught them to swim, and was always in the water with them. He was a proud American and served in the armed forces during WWII and the Korean War. He was a hardworking man and dedicated Union man Pipefitter Local 321. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid reader, especially mystery novels.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Verna (Richards) Joy, whom he married Nov 29, 1957; three children Susette Joy of Bangor, Diane Brooks and her husband Cory of Old Town, and Jeffrey Joy of Old Town; 2 grandchildren Cody and Kayla Brooks of Old Town; great grandson Owen Brooks and in-laws Pauline Richards, Reginald and Geraldine Richards, and Darlene Polk; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother Neil MacNevin and his wife Ellie, infant twin brother, father and mother-in-law John and Mabel Richards, and in-laws Laura and Happy Brodeaur, Vera and Raymond Bishop, Robert and Frances Richards, Arthur and Lillian Richards, Gerald Richards, and William Polk.

A life celebration gathering will be from 6-8PM Wednesday at the Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St Old Town. Private interment at Lawndale Cemetery, Old Town, will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Old Town Public Library 46 Middle St Old Town, ME 04468
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