Client Spotlight: John Joyce - Spindleworker, Maine Street 'Ambassador'


Your support over many years has allowed Independence Association clients to live in secure and stable homes, surrounded by people who know and love them. During 2018, our long-time friend, John Joyce, died in his Independence Association residence, with family and friends around him. He was 63.

John was among the original members of the Spindleworks art studio. He was a well-known personality in downtown Brunswick, where he was called the Ambassador of Maine Street. He was a Spindleworks weaver, painter, and sculptor whose works were displayed around Maine and beyond. At the time of his death, he had work on exhibit in a juried show at Museum LA. Shortly afterward, Maine poet Gary Lawless presented one of John’s poems on the Maine Humanities Council website.

John loved music, poetry, writing, clowning, parades, bowling and time spent with lots of friends everywhere he went.

John was a member of the Bowdoinham Church of the Nazarene, where he took the offering and showed his love for Jesus.