Terence Koyce, Sr.

Obituary of Terence Garnet Koyce, Sr.

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Terence Garnet Koyce, Sr., 88, of Morristown, NJ, passed away peacefully December 03, 2023, after a short illness.

Terry (aka "Big Ter" and "Pop Pop") was born to John and Catherine Koyce in Morristown, where he lived most of his life. Terry was predeceased by his loving parents, brothers Jack, Tommy, Paul, and his sister Anne Коусе. Terry was married to the girl of his dreams, his loving wife Shirley Koyce (nee Cullinan). They were happily married for 64 years. Terry is also survived by his adoring children, three sets of twins, Karen and the late Daniel Kirksey, Veronica Koyce, Terry Koyce Jr., Shirley and Rick Merrill, Kevin Koyce and John Koyce, and by his loving grandchildren Matt Merrill, and Patrick and Michael Kirksey and by several nieces and nephews, Patricia Koyce, Brian Koyce, Steven Koyce, Ann Humiston, Maryann Briscoe, Teresa Caulfield, Jim Horan, Drew Horan. 

Terry attended Bayley Ellard High School, where he met his beautiful wife on the first day of high school in homeroom 9B. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Seton Hall University and his Master's Degree from Montclair State University. He was an Army veteran, serving as a First Lieutenant while stationed in Fort Monmouth, NJ. He was a photographer for many years at The Daily Record in Morristown. Terry was President and CEO of Morris County Photo Labs in Morristown. In "retirement," he was a Professor at Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Monmouth University and St. Elizabeth's University. He was passionate about teaching and sharing his talents. He loved his students and they loved him.

Terry lived life to the fullest. He had a second home in LBI for many years where he spent his summers with family and friends. Terry loved to play tennis with his dear friend Jim Mckenna. He loved Jim like a brother, and truly enjoyed his company. He adored Broadway musicals, and brought a little bit of Broadway to NJ via the Assumption Church productions of the 1970s as director, and more recently to St. Elizabeth's with a production of "Oklahoma." His enthusiasm was infectious. He was always happy to see you, whether ti had been 10 years or 10 minutes since he'd seen you last.

Terry was a BIG (possibly the biggest!) NY Giants fan. He held season tickets for more than 35 years, and loved ot tailgate with family and friends at his favorite parking spot at 17E. He loved the boys: Rick, Fatman, Reg, Simo, Bobby and Hicksy. He had a great time tailgating, sharing conversation every game day at Giants Stadium, always with a rare hamburger and a Coke.

The family will celebrate his joyful life with a memorial Mass in the Spring of 2024.

Arrangements were under the care of Dangler Funeral Home, Morris Plains. 

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