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December 4, 2012

St. Armand supervisor dies


Provoncha chuckled at the memory.

“She was a good, good person. I will miss her.”


“On behalf of the Saranac Lake community, I extend sincere condolences and sorrow to the family of Joyce Morency,” Saranac Lake Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau said in an official statement Monday.

“Joyce was one of the most dedicated local public officials I ever met. Countless times, I would stop in at her Town Hall and she would be the first person to greet me through her office door. She was totally dedicated to her township and its residents, spending tremendously more hours in the Town Hall than any two other town supervisors put together.

“Joyce was a fearless and unrelenting advocate of St. Armand and its residents and will be dearly missed by all.”

From the Town of Moriah, Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said he and Morency had been good friends for a long time.

“Joyce and I go back a long way. She was the senior member of the Board of Supervisors. She came on in 1982; I came on in 1985. She was the true definition of a public servant. She was ultra-conservative when it came to spending. Her constituents in St. Armand and Essex County are going to miss Joyce.”

Scozzafava said Morency was dedicated to her job as public servant.

“She was a hard-working individual. She was very professional. We had our disagreements, and afterward she would say, ‘Tommy, we can disagree, but at the end of the day we’re still friends.’ She will be missed.”


After winning another term back in 1985, Morency told news reporters she was proud to be the “first lady” supervisor in St. Armand.

She acknowledged even at the get-go she enjoyed “being first” as she was chosen the first woman vice chair of the county board that year.

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