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William Jones

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William H. Jones 1918-2010 William H. Jones died Monday, October 25, at the age of 92, at Granite Farms Estates in Media, Pa., which has been his residence for the past eleven years. Mr. Jones was born July 10, 1918, in Poultney, Vt., the youngest child, and only son, of Margaret and William W. Jones. He was educated at the Troy Conference Academy at Green Mountain College and at Castleton Normal School where he met his wife. Mr. Jones married Rhoda Lyons of Bennington, Vt., in June of 1940. After teaching for one year in the Orwell, Vt., school system, Mr. Jones and his family moved in 1941 to Springfield, Vt., where he was employed by the Lovejoy Tool Company. In 1947 Mr. Jones moved to Norwood, PA, where he started the W. H. Jones Company, Inc. as a manufacturers' representative in the machine tool industry. In 1953 he and his family moved to Wallingford, PA, where he lived until after he retired in 1985. In later years Bill and his wife, Rhoda, divided their time between their home in Vero Beach, FL, and the family summer camp on Lake St. Catherine in Wells, VT. Not wanting golf to be his only avocation after retirement he took up windsurfing. And at the age of 80 he water-skied on his birthday just to show he could still do it. After the death of his wife in 1999, Bill curtailed his travel and activities and was mostly involved with his family in Pennsylvania. Mr. Jones was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, and his wife, Rhoda. He is survived by his sister, Eirlys (age 99), and his two children: Reg Jones of Bennington, Vt.; and Virginia Heilala and her husband, Don, of Glen Mills, Pa. Also surviving are two grandchildren: Christine Burk and her husband, Sam; and Wayne Heilala and his wife, Alexis; as well as three great-grandchildren: Lexi, Sammy, and Owen Burk; and former daughter-in-law Nancy Jones of Medford, Mass. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 30, at 4:30 p.m. at the Wallingford Presbyterian Church in Wallingford, PA, with a reception to follow in the church social hall. An interment service is planned for Saturday, December 4, at the White Chapel in Bennington, VT, with burial to follow in the White Chapel Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of Mr. Jones to Philabundance (a hunger relief organization serving Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley) or the through the Bateman Funeral Home, 4220 Edgmont Avenue, Brookhaven, PA 19015 or the E.P. Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 27, 2010
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