Eben Bradley (Brad) Jones, 91, of Vero Beach Florida died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on September 1, 2019, after a lengthy illness, and beautifully cared for by his faithful caregivers. Brad was born in Cleveland Ohio on November 8, 1927. He graduated from University School in 1946 and from Yale University in 1950. He later graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Brad was hired by Republic Steel Corporation and rose through the ranks to ultimately become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Steel and then CEO of the LTV Corporation. Upon retiring from LTV, Brad became a busy trustee for multiple corporations including Fidelity, TRW, CSX, National City Corporation, Cleveland Cliffs, Birmingham Steel, and RPM. He loved his hometown city of Cleveland and gave generously through his leadership on numerous boards including serving as Chairman and President of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic, University School, Laurel School, and the United Way of Cleveland. He also served on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Playhouse Square. Brad was especially privileged to be a member of Augusta National Golf Club. He was awarded the University School Alumni Graduate Award and named a Distinguished Fellow of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In Vero Beach he served as Trustee of the John’s Island and Riomar Clubs and President of Riverside Theatre and was particularly proud of the growth of this local theatre during his stewardship.
Throughout his life, Brad remained a very humble person who was respected widely for his integrity, gentle manner, thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and loyalty. Though his accomplishments are many, Brad is most remembered for his deep commitment to friends, community, and most importantly of all, his love of his family.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann Louise Jones; three daughters, Susan Robb Jones (Gretchen J. Metzelaars), Elizabeth Jones Fee (Kevin), and Ann Campbell Jones; his brother, Peter Jones; six grandchildren (Brian, Katie, Campbell, Spence, Grace, Emma) and one great grandchild (Mason).
Brad was predeceased by his sister Ann Hoyt Carr and son, Bradley Hoyt Jones.
A celebration of life will take place at 11 am, Saturday, October 5, 2019 in the chapel at The Community Church of Vero Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Brad’s honor to Indian River VNA Hospice Music Therapy program, Riverside Theatre, or the charity of your choice.Read More