Patrick F Joyce
Born at Pittston, Luzerne County, February 22, 1867, the son of Peter and Bridget (Gavin) Joyce – both from County Mayo, Ireland; educated in public schools and Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pennsylvania; secretary of the Pittston Borough Council for many years; member and president of Pittston’s first Common Council, 1894-1899; president of the Select Council, 1899-1901; and city treasurer for eight years. He pursued the retail and wholesale liquor business, although he did not drink; was owner of the Howell & King Brewery; a horse breeder; philanthropist; and an energetic force in real estate and public utility development in Pittston. The Senator served as president of the Poor Board for twenty years, and figured instrumental in the construction of the Ransom Home and Hospital. A democrat, after the death of his close friend state Senator Sterling Catlin (1919), Joyce aligned with the Republican Party and filled Catlin’s vacancy. He married Mary Hinchcliffe of Sebastopol and was a devout member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Upper Pittston. He died in Pittston on October 21, 1938.