Arthur William Jones Jr.(1931 - 2013)

Arthur William Jones Jr., 82, of Berlin, returned to the arms of the Lord on Saturday, December 14, 2013. He leaves his devoted wife of 60 years, JoAnne (Williams) Jones. "Sonny" was born in New Britain on November 6, 1931 to Arthur William and Prudence (Rowe) Jones. After attending New Britain schools, he enlisted in the US Air Force and proudly served in the Korean War. After graduating from Central Connecticut State College, he taught at Manchester High School for 33 years, until his retirement in 1990. Sonny and JoAnne spent many joyful years traveling the US in their motor home, until choosing Ruskin, FL as their permanent winter home. He was a "Good Sam" always looking to help those in need and giving advice until his final days. Art shared his love of music with his family, and gatherings were centered on the piano or guitar and always a song. He lent his Irish tenor to many singing groups, including the church choir, the Sphinx Shrine Chanters and most recently the Rocky Hill Serenaders. Art was a Past Master of Unity Lodge #148, and a 32nd degree Freemason. Art is survived by five children, Karen Oaks (Hal) of Salem; Arthur W. Jones III (Betty) of Tolland; Kimberly Kloczkowski (Witold) of Cumberland, RI; Sharon Kromas (David) of Rocky Hill; David Jones (Amy) of Berlin, and son in law Rosaire Saucier of Plainville. He was loved dearly by his grandchildren Troy, Tyler, and Travis Saucier; Arthur William IV and Steven Jones, Keith and Sean Kloczkowski, Nicole and Ryan Chamberland, Morgan Jones, Alysa Cooper, Nanette Dieterle, Jen Land, Sara Mertz, Shannon and Paige Kromas. He also leaves 8 great grandchildren, his sister Pat Goodrich of Cedar Key, FL, sister in law Irene Jones of Hebron, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Edward N. Jones, his sister Beverly (Jones) Smith, and son in law Craig Chamberland. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11am at the Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Masonic Charity Foundation of CT or the Berlin Congregational Church. The Berlin Memorial Funeral Home will be assisting with the arrangements.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Dec. 18, 2013