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Congratulations to Mike Joyce and Jamillah Ali

Pat Hickey 19 May 2010 7 Comments

From Pat Hickey

I met Mike Joyce when I went to work here at Leo High School in 1995. Mike helped coach football and served on the Leo Advisory Board.

He developed a Boxing Program here at Leo that has produced half a score of Golden Gloves Champions, Heavyweight Pro Thomas Hayes ( 27-1) and the Captain of Team U.S.A. Lamar Fenner. More importantly, hundreds of young men developed confidence and dignity in the Square Ring.

Mike Joyce cared for an octogenarian boxing legend, Hermann Mills. Mike took the fighter into his home; bought his clothes, food, medicine and drove him to and from American Legion bingo three nights a week. As a lawyer, Mike helped every person in a jackpot out of the particular jamb. When my wife died in 1998, Mike Joyce helped me through years of self-pity, grief, and folly.

He is the smartest person I have ever met and that includes Steve Allen.

Somehow, this great hearted pug, who used to pull neighborhood kids through Morgan Park streets who attached ropes to the bumper of his car while wearing roller blades, met a stunningly beautiful and gracious girl -Jamillah Ali. Talk about beauty and the beast.

These two talented and generous people bonded in marriage. God bless them!

From Sneed

” ‘The Champ’ said, ‘Yes,’ and so did Jamillah,” said Joyce’s brother, Kevin, who told Sneed: “No one ever thought Mike would get married. For the last two years, he’s been the happiest anyone has ever seen him. At the wedding, Mike said, “Muhammad, you’ll always be ‘The Champ,’ but ‘The Greatest Ever’ is my mother, Mary Joyce, and she’s going to pass that title on to my wife, your daughter.”


  • Mike F said:

    The happy couple already have their fists clenched so I guess the first fight ended successfully. Congrats to both!

  • John Maynard Krebs said:

    Mr. Sherman,

    Your comments are utterly repulsive.

  • jess said:

    Congrats to this beautiful couple. It so wonderful that they were not hung up on race on color when looking for love:)

  • Paula said:

    How dare her to marry some white man, when her father was and still is one of the greatest african american that ever live. She definitely has the stockholm syndrom. And if she thinks that he will treat her better then she is wrong. White men are no better than any other men. They love, cheat, beat and downgrade their women like any other race. When people say that love has no color, that is a lie because if it were true, there would not be racism in this world!! White people are the first to say I’m not a racist, well try marrying one their children and u are of a different race, they will not allow that and if the child marries anyway outside of their race they will denounce that marriage, their child, their in-law and grandchildren!!! How sad!!!

  • Not Paula said:

    Paula you write like a damaged, demented black man!

  • Paula sucks said:

    paula what the hell is wrong with you…you sound so retarded……

  • greyeyedgirl said:

    Paula is a bitter black man.

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