JONES, Robert Cecil
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Robert Cecil Jones passed away at home in Saskatoon on December 28, 2012. Born March 11, 1931, in Morse, Saskatchewan, he was a long-time resident of the Lucky Lake area. His life was centred on family and farming, and informed by reading and travel.
His childhood experiences on the farm during the depression taught him the value of hard work and of a dollar. After attending Greenbrier, Hazelton, Riverhurst, Demaine and Lucky Lake schools, he went onto the School of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. He returned to farm near Demaine in 1951.The highlight of his farming career was the day he moved an unused Federal Grains elevator to his home quarter on the Douglas Place. He loved to restore antique tractors and amassed a considerable collection which ultimately went to museums and private collectors across Western Canada and the United States. When the family farm was sold in 1997, R.C. moved near his family in Saskatoon.
R.C. served his community on numerous local boards, including three decades as a Reeve and Councillor of the R.M. of Canaan. He was Chair of the Board of the Lucky Lake Hospital for several years and was instrumental in its construction in the 70s. He was also actively involved with the Lucky Lake Town Council, having helped bring water and sewer to the town in the early 60s.
Following his retirement from farming, R.C. continued his love of antique tractor restoration and participated in many threshing bees. He also travelled extensively, often to the sites of famous military battles. Having read huge amounts of non-fiction and blessed with an extraordinary memory, Bob was exceptionally knowledgeable on a wide range of topics especially military and political history and mechanics. Many a tour guide, in museums and historical sites, were unable to answer Bob's highly specific questions or requests. Often out of appreciation or exasperation, they allowed him to contribute additional information to their comments. Bob was famous for quick phone calls looking for more information such as the lyrics to a song, an explanation for topical humour, and most frequently answer for crosswords. These conversations regularly began "Nine letters, meaning… "
Bob was known as a very social man, who chatted with everyone. Everywhere you went, everyone knew Bob. It was impossible to be his cashier or server without him knowing your name and where you were from. He was known for his wonderful, if occasionally acerbic, sense of humour.
Bob was immensely proud of his children, grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. His friends heard in great detail of their accomplishments and adventures especially if involved education, sports, politics or travel was involved. He was a long time regular at the Salonika Inn restaurant, where he was treated like a family member.
Mourning his passing are his siblings, Gladys and Doug, his children Kirk, Shannon and Darcy, their mother Mary and their families including Darcy's children: Lara, her husband Sean and daughters; Patrick, his wife Nicole and children; Andrew and his wife Jaycee, Shannon's son Harrison, Kirk's wife Joanna and their children Ali and Seth, as well as Bob's long-time companion Dorothy. He was predeceased by his father Casey, his mother Jean, and a sister and brother.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Grosvenor Park United Church at 407 Cumberland Ave. South, Saskatoon. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association are much encouraged.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Dec. 31, 2012