Farewell to the People’s Joyce

3 Dec


By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Peabody State Representative Joyce Spilliotis-Jarvis was laid to rest today following a funeral service at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

The former Peabody City Councilor, and only woman from Peabody to ever serve as a State Rep, passed away late last week following an illness she had kept private.

Before a packed church, Joyce was eulogized and lauded by Congressman John Tierney, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Ted Bettencourt for her dedication to public service, her constituents, her family, and her friends.

In attendance were several members of the Mass House and Senate, and several current Peabody elected officials, including School Committee member Beverley Dunn, who read the “Lord Hear Our Prayer” petitions.

Also in attendance was former Mayor Mike Bonfanti, State Rep Ted Spelliotis, former Speaker of the House Tom Finneran, and newly elected Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff.

Also spotted were City Councilors  Rico Mello, Jim Liacos, Tom Gould, and David Gravel, former State Rep John Slattery,  former City Councilor, School Committee member and State Rep Tom Walsh, and former City Councilor Bill Toomey.

Several other current and former Peabody elected officials were in attendance to pay tribute at her wake on Sunday night in Salem.

The services were also attended by hundreds of constituents, all of whom admired and respected her as an outstanding public servant

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