Winfred Bennett Joy Jr.
T/5 in 3133rd Signal Service Co
Born 1925 in ME, Died 1994
County of residence at enlistment: Hancock County, ME
Other residence(s): Northeast Harbor, ME; Ellsworth, ME; East Hampton, CT; El Paso, TX; Spokane, WA; Bremen, Germany
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: high school student
Win Joy was born on December 17, 1925 in Southwest Harbor, ME, a small town on Mt. Desert Island. He was the middle of five children; his father was a manager at the local A&P grocery store (a position he held for 24 years) and his mother was a music teacher with a private studio.
A June, 1945 article in the Bangor Daily News described how he and his fellow members of the 3133rd set up a rest camp on the shores of Lake Garda, a mountain lake in Northern Italy. The camp was designed for R&R use by members of the signal units of the 5th Army in Italy.
Win was discharged from the Army on June 26, 1946 with the rank of T/5 and returned to Maine, using his GI Bill benefits to study Romance languages at the University of Maine at Orono. On December 20, 1948 he married fellow student Anna Harden Lurvey; she was also a military veteran who had spent 18 months in the WAVES.
By the fall of 1954, the Joys were back in New England, living in Crystal Lake, CT. Win had taken a job at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Rockville-Vernon, CT. At his sister's wedding that fall, a musical composition of Win's was played on the organ, and Anna was given the honor of serving the bride's cake. But that togetherness was short-lived. They divorced in May, 1955, and in July Win married Lillian Helen Kuritz.
By 1958, Win and Lillian were living in Spokane, WA; Win was still working at Pratt & Whitney, as a field rep. They had two sons in Spokane: Phil and Win, Jr.
By the mid 1960s, they were living in Bremen, Germany and sometime after that they returned to Connecticut.
Win served as master of the Anchor Lodge of Masons in East Hampton, CT.
He died on October 19, 1994 at his home in Ellsworth, ME; probably a vacation home. His obituary says that "he touched everyone he came in touch with. He was giving and intelligent and had the gift of making people laugh."
Win is buried at the Greenwood Cemetery in Ellsworth, ME, along with his wife, Lillian, who outlived him by 16 years.
1944/45 in uniform
1944/45 in uniform
1950 college yearbook (see link below)
1943 high school yearbook (junior)
1944 high school yearbook
1944 high school yearbook (nickname, saying)
1944 enlistment record
1945 article in the Bangor Daily News (ME) about how SGT Joy and his fellow soldiers set up a rest camp on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy
1946 article in the Bangor Daily News (ME) about his musical composition being played on the organ at his sister Rosalee's wedding
1948 wedding announcement in Bangor Daily News (ME)
1949 article in the Bangor Daily News (ME) indicating he and his wife are both students at U. Maine
1950 college yearbook
1952 El Paso city directory (he is buyer for E.A. Shaw & Co.)
1953 El Paso city directory
1954 article in the Bangor Daily News (ME) about his sister's wedding indicating he and his wife and daughter are living in CT
1954 Rockville-Vernon CT city directory (shows him working at Pratt & Whitney)
1955 article in the Hartford Courant (CT) re his divorce
1955 2nd marriage record
1958 article in the Bangor Daily News (ME) about the birth of his son
1960 Spokane WA city directory (he is working for Pratt & Whitney)
1961 article in the Bangor Daily News (ME) about the birth of his son
1966 father's obituary in Portland Press Herald (ME)
1994 Find a Grave record
1994 obituary in the Bangor Daily News (ME)
1994 Maine death index
1994 Social Security death index
1994 VA death record
1994 Ellsworth ME address directory