Joy, Denis M.

Denis Michael Joy was born in Ontario on May 11, 1966, and grew up in the small town of St. George’s, Newfoundland. With aching hearts, we wish to announce his passing in Sudbury, Ontario at the age of 56, on February 10, 2023. To say many people knew and loved Denis would be an understatement. He had friends and family far and wide and every single one of them has a fond memory and tale about Denis. He was just one of those people. Everyone’s friend. The life of the party. The guy who would give you the shirt off his back. The hardcore Leaf’s fan, who season after season, watched in anticipation that they might finally win another Stanley Cup! Denis worked in the mining industry throughout his life which brought him to live in places like Yellowknife, Thompson, and most recently Sudbury. No matter where he lived, he always made his yearly trips, or sometimes more often, back to his hometown in Newfoundland. His heart was always at home. Left mourning his departure are: his son Andrew Duffett Joy, who was his pride and joy and light in his life; his parents Denis and Leona Joy; his brother Sean (Joane Arseneault), his sister Jennifer (Lance Jackson), his nephews Matthew, Michael, and Patrick; his godparents Theresa Gorman and Laurie Joy who he always kept in touch with; his special friend Michelle; his aunts, uncles, cousins from the Joy and Bennett families, and his many friends. Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. Celebration of life will take place at a later date in St. George’s. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Denis.

It seems only fitting to leave you with song lyrics from one of Denis’ favorite bands, Journey:

Say goodbye, close your eyes
Remember me
Walk away, the sun remains
Remember me
I'll live on somewhere in your heart
You must believe, remember


28 Condolences

  1. My deepest sympathies to the family on Denis’s passing. Always respected among peers as a knowledgeable and helpful colleague. He will be missed.

    By: Samantha Espley
    April 15, 2023
  2. I am so shocked and saddened by Denis passing. He was a great guy. Loads of
    memories & laughs with him over the years. Condolences to the Joy & Bennett families.
    RIP my friend 💙

    By: Sherry Simon-Duffenais
    March 1, 2023
  3. To the Joy and Bennett family, my sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    By: Kathleen Roy
    February 25, 2023
  4. Very sad to hear of Denis passing! Our most sincere condolences to the Joy family.
    Thinking of you! 💐

    By: Cliff & Joy St. Croix
    February 25, 2023
  5. So sorry to hear of your loss.
    Please accept my condolences.

    By: David Jennings
    February 23, 2023
  6. Sincere condolences to the Joy family on the passing of Denis. So sorry to hear this. Praying that God will give you strength and peace during this sad time, and may Denis rest in peace with the Lord.

    By: June Foley
    February 22, 2023
  7. My sincere condolences 💐 Denis, enjoyed the time together in Sudbury, hockey game Habs/Leafs,, beer,, barbecue,, music 🎶,, country music 🎵 take care Denis,, Francis(Hearst On)

    By: Francis Vallée
    February 22, 2023
  8. Our dear nephew Denis, taken too soon. We will miss those beautiful big eyes. He was a “joy” to his mom and dad and all those he encountered in life. Our heartfelt condolences to his son, Andrew, mother and father Denny and Leona, brother Sean and sister Jennifer. May he rest in peace.

    By: Kevin and Lillian Joy
    February 22, 2023
  9. Sending heartfelt condolences to all the Joy and Bennett family.
    God bless you all.

    By: Rose and Gerry Sheepard
    February 22, 2023
  10. My sincere condolences to all the family.

    By: Jean Garnier
    February 22, 2023
  11. To the Joy and Bennett Families, so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time ! RIP Denis

    By: Kathleen Mercer Hann
    February 22, 2023
  12. Denis was simply not just a childhood friend but a lifelong friend. Denis was a great listener confidant and loved to live life to the fullest. From our days on the beach to rowing in regattas on to many nights roaming the roads of St. George’s we will remember our fun times. Rest in peace dear friend and deepest condolences and sympathy to all families and friends.

    By: David and Valda AuCoin
    February 22, 2023
  13. So sorry for your loss, deepest sympathies & condolences to all the Joy & Bennett families .
    Cherish the memories. 🙏

    By: Elizabeth White-Dover
    February 22, 2023
  14. Heart broken to read this. Please accept our most sincere condolences to your beautiful family. RIP Denis.

    By: Judy and Ralph Falle
    February 22, 2023
  15. Always with a smile on his face, Denis was such a great guy and will be missed by many. Sending love to Leona, Denis and everyone who loves and misses him.

    By: Janet & Barbara Kovich
    February 22, 2023
  16. So sorry to hear of Denis’ passing, such a wonderful person always a smile for everyone. My condolences to Leona & Denis and all the family.
    RIP my friend.

    By: Betty Simon
    February 21, 2023
  17. My condolences to his family and friends.

    By: Lena Noftall
    February 21, 2023
  18. My sincere condolences to all the families. RIP

    By: Jack Bennett
    February 21, 2023
  19. My condolences is with the family.
    R.I.P Denis

    By: Denise goverau
    February 21, 2023
  20. Sending my condolences to the family.

    By: Terry Lynn (Bennett) Riberdy
    February 21, 2023
  21. To the JOY Family:
    Please accept my deepest condolence on the passing of Denis. May he RIP🙏

    By: Wayne McKay
    February 21, 2023
  22. To the Joy family please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of Denis!

    I will Pray for God to help family and friends through this difficult time!

    By: Wayne Swyer
    February 21, 2023
  23. Our love and prayers to all of you.

    By: Sylvia and Cyril Alexander
    February 21, 2023
  24. So many happy times. RIP Brother

    By: Dean Simon
    February 21, 2023
  25. So sad to hear of the passing a dear friend he was always Laughing and enjoyed life, way too young, he will be dearly
    Missed. May he Rest in Peace.
    My condolences go out to His family at this most difficult time.

    By: Tim Sheppard
    February 21, 2023
  26. Condolences to the family 😢

    By: Sarah (Muise) Crompton
    February 21, 2023
  27. I’m so sorry to hear about Denis. He will be missed. His family are in my prayers.

    By: Melissa Bennett
    February 21, 2023
  28. Denis was a very kind hearted soul and will be greatly missed.
    Be at peace my friend.

    By: Derek Woodford
    February 21, 2023

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