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Richard J. Jones Jr.

1941-2012 Richard J. Jones Jr. of Bennington, Vt., died Sunday September 23,2012 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Boston, Mass., on September 19, 1941, Richard was the son of the late Bernice (Deward) Jones and Richard J. Jones Sr. Richard was part of the apprentice class at General Electric Lynn Works and was a tool and die maker. He graduated from Tufts University School of Engineering in 1965. In 1968 Richard received an MBA from Bridgeport University in Bridgeport, Conn.

Richard first worked at Winchester Arms as a supervising engineer in the woodworking shop. He then worked at New Britain Machine Company as a salesman in the Pittsburgh, Pa. and West Virginia area. Wanting to move back to New England, Richard was employed by Cone Automatic Machine Company in Windsor, Vt. and later at Eagle Square in Shaftsbury, Vt. He finished his engineering career at Simplex Time Recorder in Gardner, Mass.

Richard enjoyed anything he could take apart and put together, especially clocks and cars. He was an accomplished woodworker making rocking chairs and toy boxes for his grandchildren. They always saved their broken toys for Grandpa to fix. He also wrote and illustrated stories starring S-Man (Sullivan) and Sweet-P (Arianna),

Richard leaves his wife, Ellen (Zackin), daughter Marci and her husband Thomas Barthel and grandchildren Sullivan and Arianna. Richard also leaves a brother, Robert and wife Annette of Woodinville, Wash., and brother-in -law Lew Zackin and his wife Joan.

Memorial Service and visitation will be held on Tuesday September 25, 2012 at Hanson and Walbridge Funeral Home from 3 to 6 p.m.

When Richard and his family visited sites in Arizona he was especially captivated with Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, AZ (http://www.chinleusd.k12.az.us/about/). Although Canyon de Chelly is a National Park it is also a Navajo Reservation. Richard was impressed with the native people and the enchanting landscape there. He wanted to help the local people by donating student directed funds.

In lieu of flowers he would like donations made in his name to: Chinle Unified School District #24 PO Box 587 Chinle Az 86503 Attention: Quincy Nata, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance


Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 24, 2012
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