JONES, John Leo
It is with great sadness and love that we announce the passing of John Leo Jones at Hospice on Monday, November 21st, 2022. John was surrounded by his loving family, his wife and the love of his life, Hilda (Sullivan) of 63 years, “The Jones Girls”; Barb Jones (Moira), Christine Mackey (Pat), Carolyn Douglas (Alan), Maureen Milne (Trent). John was loved and adored by his 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Christopher Wilson (Meredith), David Wilson, John Wilson (Elly), Kira Mackey (Michael), Brianna Mackey (Zach), Patrick Mackey (deceased), Kevin Douglas (Maria), Greg Douglas (Kirstin), Kathryn Douglas (Matt), Erica Barnes (Jordan), Alex Milne (Matt) and Nicholas Milne and Great Grandchildren Abigail, Dean, Frankie, Chloe and Millie.
John loved spending time with his younger sister Bernadette, deceased brothers Paul (Brigid) and Laverne (Mary) and was raised in Peterborough by his parents, Frances and Bernard Jones.
John was dearly loved by his large extended family including in-laws, Bernice Nolan (James) deceased, Herb Sullivan (Mary) deceased, Allan Sullivan (Donna), Frances Thompson (John), Joanne McAuliffe (Bill)and many nieces and nephews.
John will be dearly missed by his friends including his lifelong fishing buddies, woodcarving, Bridge, Horseshoes, Otonabee Camp group, Curling and Golfing friends.
John shared a knowledge and respect for the great outdoors with his children and grandchildren that they carry with them. His love and passion for our family log cabin built in Kinmount was enjoyed and treasured. As a four-season property, John groomed trails for summer hikes and winter skiing. Always the adventurer, John canoed the Trent Severn lock system, explored every corner of Canada and embraced the culture of the many countries that he travelled to worldwide. He was forever learning and loved gaining new knowledge about people and places.
John studied Geology and graduated with a science degree from St. Francis Xavier in 1958. He received his Education degree from U of T in 1959 and completed his Math Specialist courses at Queen’s University.
He taught in Iroquois, Crestwood High School and he retired in 1988 after 19 years as Head of the Math department at St. Peter’s Secondary School. He was so respected and loved by his students and fellow teachers who to this day share stories of Mr. Jones’ Math classes.
John has always been very active, devoted and committed to his faith. He actively volunteered with the Sisters of St. Joseph after he retired.
He was on the Marycrest Board, the development of Inglewood Seniors Residence and Chair of Financial Advisory Property Committee for many years for St. Joseph’s at Fleming. He was involved with the new building of Mount St. Joseph.
We honour John’s legacy with these words, “He achieves success who lives well, laughs often, and loves much…. Who leaves the world better than he finds it. who always looks for the best in others and gives them the best he has.”
We know those who know him will never forget how he made them feel.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Canterbury Gardens, Peterborough Hospice, PRHC, Dr Beamish and Dr Sundar for their amazing care, comfort and kind support that they gave John and all of us on his journey.
Donations to Peterborough Hospice or a charity of your choice.
John’s visitation will take place at Highland Park Funeral Centre on Thursday, November 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Masks are strongly encouraged. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Anne’s Church on Friday, November 25th at 2:00pm. Interment St. Peter’s Cemetery. Reception St. Anne’s Parish Hall. Online condolences may be expressed www.highlandparkfuneralcentre.com