Remembering Paul Joyce (3rd Rail)

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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:33 pm

Just wanted to add that Paul's son does, or used to, have a forum account (Twire, I believe). His account, however, does not appear in the forum memberlist at this time for some reason. I know he did pop by on occasion, and if there was only one thing Paul loved more than traction and Boston, it was surely his son. Here's hoping Twire finds peace during this difficult time.


F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:Wow. That is a gut-punch. :(

Beyond being one of this forum's preeminent historians, he was without a doubt one of the nicest chaps around. He was a joy to read. Whether he was talking streetcar history or BPD or old-time Boston or rail miscellany he brought his subjects to life with humor and enthusiasm. It wasn't just information...he was painting vivid pictures of how an ever-chaotic city "worked" through the years. And that's rare.


Well put, sir. He truly knew how to spin a good yarn.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby diburning » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:04 pm

Rest in peace, Paul.

Paul was one of the nicest people I have encountered on this forum, and I enjoyed the time that I had spent reading and learning from his posts. It was a shame that I didn't get a chance to meet him in person.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby Teamdriver » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:42 pm

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Requiéscant in pace. Amen.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby jscola30 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:05 pm

RIP Paul
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby ST214 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:47 pm

I am saddened by this news. I never met Paul in person, but I have talked to him online several times. He will be missed.
Hoping for a rebirth of the Screamer fleet.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby jwhite07 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:52 pm

This forum, and this community, has suffered a loss in Paul's passing. I always found him very interesting and enthusiastic, in matters of public transportation, police work, and just about anything else he ever held dear. His knowledge and willingness to share it was a gift to us all. Sergeant Joyce, thank you, and may your loved ones, family, and all whose lives you touched remember you well.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby Eliphaz » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:17 am

Just found this thread, that is a tragic loss!
We are diminished.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby dieciduej » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:46 am

I have been a MBTA/transit enthusiast for the bulk of my years, with a grasp of the Boston transit scene during these years. I thought I knew the past history of the BERy and MTA but Paul opened my eyes to things I never knew or was able to clear up misconceptions. His quizzes took our brains out for exercise and that is always a good thing. He will be sorely missed.

I send my condolences to the Joyce family and my they have strength during this time of loss.

The last time I met with Paul was at the dedication of the George Sanborn Transportation Library and I share this with you.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby jaymac » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:15 am

Further information:

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The feature for full information was responding with an error notification when I tried it.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby highgreen215 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:19 pm

Just happened to open up this topic on the Forum and was shocked to learn it was Paul Joyce. The main discussion I had with him was about the exact location of the Mt. Bellevue carhouses, most people didn't know they even existed. He was one of the best "go to" guys in this fascinating hobby. I wish, now, I had met him in person - we would have had so much to talk about. RIP, Paul.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby bozepravde15 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:58 am

RIP Paul. His comments on here were a joy to read, so filled with an intimate knowledge of the MBTA, its predecessors and Boston. I definitely learned a lot from what he had to say on here. He will be greatly missed, for sure.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby ns3010 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:52 am

Rest in peace, Paul. May you have clear signals in the rest of your travels.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby Rbts Stn » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:30 pm

Awww hell. That sucks. What a helpful, knowledgeable guy.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby Arborwayfan » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:36 pm

The people who say the ties we make online aren't real are wrong. Good bye, 3rdRail.
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Re: Remembering avid contributor, friend, and fellow enthusi

Postby danib62 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:34 pm

It's a been a while since I've popped in here but I just came here and saw this. This is a major loss to this community. Paul was one of my favorite posters here and a great resource to all. His presence will be missed here and I'm sad that I was not able to meet him in person.
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