Harold Joice, 80, a retired employee of the U.S. Supreme Court, died Monday at Sacred Heart Hospital in Norristown, Pa., where he had lived for the past five years.

He was the third generation of the Joice family to work at the Supreme Court. At his retirement, he was the senior employee at the Court.

Mr. Joice had been in charge of quill pens and stationery in the supply room for 44 years.

His grandfather, a Navy supply officer disabled in the Spanish-American War, had been a messenger at the high court for 40 years.

His father had spent 48 years at the high court as messenger to Justices Joseph McKenna and Harlan F. Stone.

Born in Washington, Mr. Joice was a graduate of the old M Street High School.An accomplished pianist in his earlier years, he had played with a number of jazz groups here. He also was an amateur artist.

He was a member of the Pathfinders Club and the Hill Top Whist Club.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa W., of the home in Norristown; a son, Harold, and two daughters, Janet Joice and June J. Seldon, all of Washington, and three grandchildren.