Friends pay tribute to life of Michael Joyce

December 4, 2009 by  

A young actor, known to many locally as drag artist Estee Applauder, has been killed in a car accident. Michael Joyce had gone home to Tasmania for Christmas where the incident happened on Wednesday. His mother was also in the car at the time and has been very seriously injured.

Michael was well known for his appearances as "Estee" in local gay venues such as the Rose & Crown pub on Crooms Hill and in the George and Dragon. He had recently completed a role in a forthcoming movie, filmed in Greenwich, called The Cost of Love. One of his co-actors in that film, Robert Gray from the Number 16 B&B, told

"Michael Joyce was a one off, who always wanted to know what you had been up to before talking about himself. He was funny, hard working, and Greenwich will be much more dull with his passing. I do hope The Cost of Love will be a great tribute to him"

Friends of the actor gathered in the Rose and Crown this evening to pay tribute to Michael and a Facebook group has been set up in his memory.


13 Responses to “Friends pay tribute to life of Michael Joyce”

  1. Emma on December 4th, 2009 11:19 pm

    Michael would always stop and take time to say hello and ask how you have been and give you a huge kiss and a compliment which would instantly make you feel great even when you had endured a terrible day.

    A devastating loss to his family and all his great friends in Greenwich –

    R.I.P. darling Michael….! xxxxx

  2. Oonagh on December 4th, 2009 11:40 pm

    Sparkle on sweet Michael. We miss you and love you xxx

  3. Dominic Kemp on December 5th, 2009 9:44 am

    I am truly gutted and saddened at the tragic loss of Michael. There are very few people that I have known that had Michaels kindness and sparkle. I will miss him greatly. So sad that he will never see how good he was in his film “the cost of love” sleep well my angel xxxxx

  4. carl medland on December 5th, 2009 4:58 pm

    im so sorry that we have lost not only an amazingly talented performer but a real genuine person who has so much spirit, love and effection for everyone he meets
    god bless you Michael xxx

  5. Suzie on December 7th, 2009 12:52 am

    Michael gave his time and much loved energy to others so generously, life is always grateful when a fun loving person like Michael comes along, thank you for sharing with us your great sense of humour and good spirit xxx sorely missed x

  6. teresa hallows on December 9th, 2009 10:17 am

    mr joyce was my son nursey teacher at heronsgate such a lovely man always jolly and and the children loved him he was a great teacher and it a great loss to loss some one so nice he will be dearly missed by all that new him thankyou for sharing his sence of humour and good sprit with us all and sure it would be the same for everyone that new him xxxx r.i.p mr joyce

  7. becks on December 9th, 2009 4:42 pm

    mr joyce was my daughters first teacher she was upset when he left heronsgate he will be missed

  8. Courtneyy on December 9th, 2009 4:50 pm

    I Cant Believe That My First Ever Teacher Has Gone I Am Devastated He Was Such A Nice Man. He Was Always Happy, He Always Had A Smile On His Face R.I.P. Mr Joyce You Will Never Be Forgotten xxxxxxxxxxxx

  9. Indigo on December 12th, 2009 12:15 pm

    I gather from the church administrator at St Alfege that there is to be a memorial service for Michael Joyce, on Friday 18 December at 11.00am, at St Alfege Church.

  10. amal on December 31st, 2009 1:58 pm

    mr joyce was my nursrey techar i went to his funral with my school lydhrst

  11. amal on December 31st, 2009 2:04 pm

    my fav teacher

  12. Madeline Allen on January 2nd, 2010 10:17 pm

    Michael Joyce was a teacher at Awaba Public School before his teaching career in England. He will be missed by all that knew him. Rest in peace Michael.

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