Edmunds Township - Joyce Suddy Damon (94 years old) passed quietly February 24, 2021. She was born in Pembroke, Maine on August 4, 1926 to Frank and Alice (Shannon) Suddy. Joyce graduated from Pembroke High School class of 1943. After graduation she worked in the Hathaway Clothing Factory in Calais. In 1944, she married the love of her life, Keith Cambridge Damon from Charlotte, Maine. In 1946 when Keith returned from WWII, they moved to what would be their life long home in Edmunds, Maine where they lived happily for the next 65 years of their married life.
Joyce worked for many years packing fish in Eastport, Pembroke and Lubec. For 32 years, she was the cook at the Edmunds School. During those years, she made lifelong friends with faculty, staff and students. She is still remembered for her special recipes and attention to everyone’s wishes. She was a proud 76 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of the Dennysville Congregational Church. She also attended the Ironworks Methodist Church in Pembroke and churches in Eastport and Robinston. She was a mentor to family and friends.
Joyce and Keith were avid campers. They started out in Edmunds Park with their family of six in a pup tent and graduated to longer trips to Baxter Park in Millinocket and Oak Bay in St. Stephen, NB. It was important that everyone got to know Maine and all it had to offer. They visited TelStar, Bar Harbor, Augusta State Museum, Desert of Maine, Allagash Waterway, just to name a few. Then they branched out and the tent got larger. Family and friends traveled to Canada and the Maritime provinces, New York (Niagara Falls, 1964 World’s Fair), Massachusetts (Boston Area, Plymouth Rock, Old Ironsides), and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As the family got older, some children couldn’t make the trip but they still had just as many going camping with them. A few friends got to tag along.
Beside their work lives, Joyce and Keith worked hard on their little farm in Edmunds. They grew all their own vegetables and meat. Besides gardens and animals to care for, they took care of the fields, churned butter, canning, pickling, freezing, all repairs, and 99 per cent of everything the family needed.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents, husband, and sisters: Inez Suddy and Beverly Crosby and two grandsons, Scott and Jay Suddy.
Joyce is survived by her three Children: Bonnie Higgins and husband, Peter of Bangor, Douglas Damon and wife Cherie of Bangor, Marguerite Tourtillotte and husband Earle of Boothbay Harbor and a special brother Allen Suddy and wife MaryAnn of Bangor. She is also survived by other siblings: Albert Suddy of Veazie, Carolyn Robertson of Eastport, Willard (Nip) Suddy and wife Julia of Eastport, Clarence (Buck) Suddy and wife Jane of Eastport, and Karen (Slick) Seeley of Calais
Grandchildren: Forrest Higgins and wife Sandra of Orrington, Darren Higgins and wife Karrie of CT, Shawn Damon and wife Katie of FL, Derek Damon and wife Andrea of FL, Magen Chryplewicz and husband Tom of Boothbay Harbor, Meredith Plumber and husband Quinton of Boothbay Harbor. Great grandchildren: Rebecca Higgins, Shauna Martin, Seamus Higgins, Liam Higgins, Emilie Higgins, Lauren Higgins, Parker Damon, Drew Damon, Paisley Damon, Elizabeth Joyce Damon, Keith Damon, Annabelle Damon, Dylan Chryplewicz, Austin Chryplewicz, and Logan Chryplewicz. Great Great Grandchildren: Jameson and Reagan Martin. As well as many many Nieces and Nephews. A special thanks to Alice Lingley, Brenda Cox and Dickey Brown for above and beyond.
Visitation for the family will be held from 12 – 2 p.m. Sunday, February 28 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St. Calais.
A family committal service at the Dennysville Cemetery will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 29th and will be followed by a Celebration of Joyce’s Life for family and ALL members of the community at the Dennysville Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Dennysville Ambulance, 58 King Street, Dennysville, Maine 04628.
Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport.