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Anthony Frank Joy, 81, a former teacher and grower of strawberries known for their sweet, delicious taste, died Friday (Dec. 17, 1999) in Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk after a long illness.

He was born in Fredonia and was a 1943 graduate of Cornell University. He received a master of science degree in agriculture from Cornell in 1951.

Joy served in the Army field artillery during World War II.

He taught agriculture courses at Brocton Central School from 1946 to 1964. He also taught agriculture and viniculture to returning World War II veterans and was adviser to the Future Farmers of America, Brockton chapter.

In 1957, Joy and the chapter had the honor of representing Chautauqua County at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, a first for any County FFA chapter.

He also taught driver education. He retired from teaching in 1980 after 34 years of teaching. After his retirement, he spent his winters in Kissimmee, Fla.

Joy was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, St. Anthony's Cemetery Association, Dunkirk and Fredonia Lions Club, American Legion Post 59 in Fredonia and numerous other organizations.

He enjoyed reading, traveling, vegetable gardening and growing strawberries.

Survivors include his wife, the former Rita Eileen Ball; two sisters, Angeline Joy of Irving and Sister Josephine Joy of Bethesda, Md.; and two brothers, Frank A. of Denver and Dr. Charles A. of Fairview, Pa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in in St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Cushing and Orchard streets, Fredonia. Burial will be in St. Anthony Cemetery.

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