David Joy was born in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1913. He came to live in Stephenville Crossing, when he was 23, married, and raised a family. Mr. Joy was a agriculturist and was employed until his retirement, by the Newfoundland Department of Argriculture.
Each year as the snow started to melt and the green foliage of spring started to peek out from its winter resting place, Mr. Joy could be seen out in his garden preparing the soil for the wonderful crops he always seemed to produce.
After he retired, gardening became a greater part of his life. His love of the outdoors and growing things, remained with him all his life.
Mr. Joy was approached by the local recreation committee to act as Chairperson of a committee to develop a community playground. His quiet manner, dependablity, love of children, and hard working nature made him the ideal person. The playground was completed over an approximate 2 year period and is still being used today.
In later years with his health failing Mr. Joy still enjoyed watching the children from his home located across from the playground.
A plaque is to be erected this year in his memory and the playground has been named the David Joy Memorial Playground.