Michael Joy

Michael Joy

Wednesday, July 31st, 1940 Sunday, July 5th, 2020

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Obituary for Michael Lawrence Grahame Joy

Michael L. G. Joy BSc, MASc, PhD, PEng (July 31, 1940-July 5, 2020)
Was born in Toronto and died at Drynoch Farm in Caledon, on his own terms, in his own time. He was predeceased by his wife Jane (née Andras) and will be dearly missed by his wife Carol Fanning, his son Rob, his daughters Gwen and Ellen, their partners, his grandchildren (Asha, Nel, Tallulah, Freya, Kelvin, and Skyler) and generations of nieces, nephews, cousins, former students, friends and colleagues.
Mike was professor emeritus at the University of Toronto; Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering; Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. He was a pioneer in the development of Magnetic Resonance and Electric Current Density Imaging and earned numerous significant grants, awards and citations. Mike, (Muncle Ike, Zeepa) was truly a unique individual. He was a man of many interests who always had time for the numerous children who would follow him like shadows as he puttered on his latest amazing project. He could turn the most mundane chore into both an adventure and a learning experience. He imparted his love of nature, enquiry and adventure on his young assistants, whether tinkering on his jet boat Feeble, constructing a zip line, building model rockets, fishing or going on long walks where “getting lost” was all part of the fun.
Mike enjoyed being surrounded by those he loved. His birthday parties at the Bay were the highlight of the summer while the Christmas tree parties at the Farm kicked off the festive season. Whether at summer picnics, Church, dinners, gatherings, bridge games, visiting family at Nares Inlet or summer afternoons on the side porch, he was always at the center of things with his distinctive laugh and quick sense of humour. Mike left his imprint on so many. His was a life well lived and well loved.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Georgian Bay Land Trust, one of the many conservation projects Mike supported.
A tree will be planted in memory of Michael in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
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Adrian Nachman

This is a big loss, and an immense one for me in particular. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Mike's family.
I collaborated closely with Mike Joy for 15 years, and co-supervised his last three Ph.D. students. He made me feel at home from my first days at the U of T. It was a great pleasure to work with him and his group. Mike loved engineering, and he loved science. He was a model of a probing,dedicated, honest and modest scholar. He had far-reaching ideas and great physical insights. I invited him to several math workshops and a conference I organized, and he was visibly excited and overjoyed by the new breakthroughs he was hearing about. He loved reading insightful, well written papers well into retirement.
Mike was also a kind and generous human being.
My life has been immeasurably enriched by having crossed paths with Mike Joy. It is a shock to find out that the last time I saw him turns out to have been the very last.
May his memory be a blessing.
Comment | Posted at 06:49pm via Condolence

Khoman Phang

It was such an honour to have worked with Mike at UofT. He made people feel welcomed and valued. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.
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Ella Lund-Thomsen

I worked with Mike at Electrical Engineering in the 1990's and he was the most caring, and fun, person to work with. His jokes and daily chats were like rays of sunshine, and he truly cared about the students, staff and his colleagues. Down to earth, approachable and always smiling. I had a phone chat with him about 6 years ago and it was like yesterday having a catch up call!!! I always joked that his name was perfect - joy. My heartfelt condolences to everyone in his family. What a gift he was.
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Tom Davidson

I am writing to extend my condolences to Mike's family. Mike was a distant cousin of our family, and lived at our house in Toronto during one of his years at the U of T. He and my brother shared the top floor of our house that year. It was like having two older brothers. Mike loved to laugh, and was the master of the gentle tease. When I was proudly displaying the new Brownie camera I had, Mike asked "Did you snerp the turpenfoil on your camera to make it work properly?" My blank look was an invitation to take it further, and he wet the tip his baby finger and inserted it into the flash bulb holder. "There," he pronounced, "that should make it work properly." He had me hook, line and sinker. He was also a folk guitar player, so that was cool. After observing our cat rattling the doorknob of the door leading to the top floor, he fashioned a lever on the doorknob, so that cat could come and go, and he and my brother wouldn't need to let the cat in and out. I will remember Mike fondly, and all the good times I had in his company, including snerping the turpenfoil.
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