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Harvey A. Jones

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ESSEX JUNCTION -- Harvey A. Jones, 77, of Essex Junction, died peacefully on Sunday, April 20, 2003 at his home in the company of his family.

He was born in Rochester on Aug. 14, 1925, the son of the late Arthur W. and Lillian (Harvey) Jones. Harvey attended Rochester High School and was drafted in World War II during his senior year. He served with the U.S. Army 13th Airborne Division in the European Theater of Operations. He later received his diploma.

While living in Rochester, he worked for his father at the Jones Gulf Station. He also worked for the Vermont Marble Company in the Rochester Quarry and was Fire Chief of the Rochester Fire Department. In 1957 he joined the Vermont State Police. He handled and trained the state police bloodhounds. Harvey was assigned to the first interstate patrol in 1963.

The following year he transferred to the Shaftsbury Troop. In June 1970 he was promoted to corporal and spent the next nine years promoting public education programs in Chittenden County. Harvey was the voice and a creator of “Monty” the talking car. After 23 years of service he retired as a sergeant.

After retirement, Harvey worked security at GE in Burlington.

He was vice president of the Vermont Retired Troopers Association, a charter member of the OFA Club of Rochester, a member of Martin-Fales American Legion Post #43 of Rochester, and Masons Green Mountain Lodge # 68 F&AM, Cabot.

Harvey is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Catherine Jones of Essex Junction; three daughters, Debbie Briggs and her husband Gary of Pownal, Vicki Mattison and her husband Jim of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Verna Brownell and her husband William of Bismarck, N.D.; three sons, Daniel Jones of Corvallis, Ore., Ricky Jones and his wife Michelle of Fairfax, and Robert Jones of Essex; 10 grandchildren, Kevin Briggs, Jennifer Margoupis, Amy Cottone, Jodi Lasher, Kelly Lindquist, Kyle Brownell, Thomas Brownell, Alyshia, Rick Harvey and Elizabeth Jones; nine great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law Donald and Joyce Jones of Rochester, and by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Those who knew Harvey will remember him for his wit and humor and the enjoyment he received from tinkering and bartering.

He also looked forward to the annual retired troopers camping excursions. For many years he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel. Interment will follow in Mt. View Cemetery, Essex.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Harvey’s memory may be made to the Essex Rescue, 1 Educational Dr., Essex Jct., 05452 or to the Martin-Fales Post #43, C/O Homer Brown, 328 Bingo Rd., Rochester, VT 05767.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 22, 2003
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