Newell Shelton Jones

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JONES Newell Shelton Jones , age 94, of Shelton, passed away Friday September 24, 2010 at Emeritus in Woodbridge. He was born in Derby, on September 16, 1916 and he just celebrated his 94th birthday. Newell was the eldest of four siblings born to Joan Sinclair Newell Jones and Philip H. Jones Sr. of the Jones Tree Farm. Growing up Newell traveled to a one room school house in the White Hills section of Shelton He road there on a horse named Old Dick, a horse that was retired from raking hay and cultivating corn. Newell was not happy at school and at the age of 16 he dropped out and started an egg and turkey business. He then established a welding school. In June of 1941 Newell joined the U.S. Army and served in Delaware aboard the U.S.S. Frank a mine tender in the Chesapeake Bay. While on leave in New Hampshire he stayed at a place called the Elms. He was dancing the "John Paul Jones" and he met Ruth Cunningham of Stoughton, Ma. Ruth and Newell were married in 1943. They spent their early years in Lewes Delaware until he was discharged from the service. When they returned to Shelton, Newell had a variety of jobs, running a bulldozer for Soil Conservation Service, driving a school bus for Wilson Fair and installing lightning rods for Woods Lightning Protection. He also developed his own beekeeping business. He built his own honey house on a part of the present day Jones Family Farm. At one time he had over 100 hives. Newell then took a position at Sikorsky Aircraft where he worked until he started his Lightning Rod Supply Company, a thriving concern for many years. Newell gave many family members and neighbors their first job. His best employee over all those years was his son William Newell Jones. Newell is survived by his son, William Newell Jones; his two daughters, Melissa Jones of Provincetown and Rebecca Jones Bloom and her husband Larry Bloom of Dedham, Mass.; and their son David Bloom a student at University of Massachusetts survive Newell. He is also survived by a brother, Philip Jones of Shelton; two sisters, Barbara Johnson Foote of Ithaca, NY., and Carol Hamlin of Cheshire; and several nieces and nephews also survive him. Newell was beloved by all who knew him; his children especially remember his amazing mechanical ability. He was MR. Fixit. Newell enjoyed his last 15 months at the memory unit of Emeritus in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Newell's family is very grateful for the loving care and attention from all of the staff and their residents at Emeritus and Connecticut Hospice. Donations in memory of Newell Shelton Jones may be made to Connecticut Hospice or A.S.P.C.A. There will be a service at the Old Baptist Church on School Street in the White Hills section of Shelton at 11A.M. Wednesday September 29, 2010. Interment will be at the Monroe Center Cemetery on Old Tannery Rd. and Route 110. The Riverview Funeral Home 390 River Road Shelton, has been entrusted with all arrangements Leave condolences at www.riverviewfh.com.

Published in Connecticut Post on Sept. 27, 2010
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