JONES, DAVID J.
ITHACA: David J. Jones, 62, of Ithaca, NY, died unexpectedly, July 8, 2013. He was born February 21, 1951, to Dean and Josephine (Brown) Jones and lived his early life in Sycamore, IL. In his early 20's, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was stationed in Hawaii. Following discharge, he moved to the Cortland-Ithaca area where he met and married Lucia Sciore in 1981. In 1985 he became the proud father of a daughter, Elizabeth.
After working at Smith Corona for 11 years, David left work to complete his AAS in Engineering from Tompkins Cortland Community College. He graduated with high honors and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. David then began working at Cornell University, first in the Department of Chemistry, then for Cornell High Energy Synchrofron Source (CHESS), He was a valued team member who will be missed.
When he decided to disconnect the TV, David began contra dancing. His growing love for folk music blossomed into work on the board of the Cornell Folk Song Society.
To fully understand the impact that David had in others' lives a few friends have contributed to his memory.
He was a good friend, generous with his time, his expertise and his tools. Sometimes he'd loan you a tool but if he had an extra or no longer needed it, he might (just) give it to you. Dave's passing has left a big hole in the lives of a lot of people.
Dave built things and fixed things. He had a strong imagination and didn't give up easily. He was never happier than when he was doing something with his hands.
One of Dave's traits is that when something annoyed him enough, he did something about it. In our folk music world, the (poor) lighting equipment seemed to get on his nerves. He saw (proper lighting) as a priority. He will be remembered always every time the spotlight shines on a performer.
I am having a hard time being able to imagine a world without Dave. He was someone who expressed his generous heart through actions rather than words. More than anything else, Dave was Love-In-Action which he showed to his family, friends, community and country over and over again.
In addition to his wife Lucia, daughter Elizabeth, and several dear friends, David leaves behind: two brothers Joe (Judi Jones), Pine Village, IN; William Jones, Athens, GA; and a sister Mary Ann (Grant Mitchell) , Marietta, GA. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service to celebrate David's life will be held August 9, 2013 at 6p.m. at Upper Buttermilk State Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to any of the following: www.doctorswithoutborders.org; www.spcaonline.com; www.arborday.org; http://www.gofundme.com/34two8.
Published in Ithaca Journal on July 20, 2013