Darrell L. Jones
JONES, DARRELL L., March 4, 1958 - January 2, 2006, passed away on Monday morning, Jan. 2, 2005 unexpectedly at the age of 47. A native Floridian, Darrell grew up in North Miami and attended North Miami Senior High. He continued on to graduate from Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business. After college he returned to North Miami to work at the family business, Unique Producers Service, Inc. - motion picture equipment rentals. He first worked on the T.V. series Miami Vice for 5 years as well as many other since then including CSI Miami, South Beach and many films (Cape Fear, True Lies, Transporter....) and music videos for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, etc. Ten years ago, he stepped into his father's shoes and took over as President and heart and soul of the company. He was well known and loved by all in the motion picture industry and had a reputation for knowing how to make the impossible, possible. During the last two hurricane seasons, he personally delivered generators to those without power on the West Coast of Florida and recently in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to power up gas stations for the public at his own expense. He was hard working, a kind and gentle man, a devoted husband and father, and a friend to anyone in need. He is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Ursula Katrina Bartels Jones; his son, Daniel (his pride and joy); his father and mother, J.B. Jones, Sr. and Gertrude Jones; his 3 brothers, Richard, Cary, and J.B., Jr.; and a sister, Carol Roberts of Winter Park, FL; his in-laws, Dorothea Bartels, Heike, Ackim and Ana, Brigette and Karli, as well as his nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be 6 p.m. - 10 p.m., on Friday evening at Fred Hunter's Funeral at 2401 S. University Drive in Davie, FL, 954-989-1550. Services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pines Baptist Church (corner of Palm Ave. and Johnson St.) 800 NW 102nd Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL, with Interment Services to follow at Hollywood Memorial Gardens. Those who wish to make donations in lieu of flowers for a children's fund can do so in Darrell name to FSU Foundation - College of Business, Attention: Spencer Sealy, Tallahassee, Florida.32306-1110 To visit this Guest Book Online, go to www.herald.com/obituaries.
Published by the Miami Herald from Jan. 4 to Jan. 6, 2006.
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I still think of you even as the years go by. Our old pal Al Guthery has now passed on and of course you’re already with Billy Smaling and your dear dad. It’s a new generation of film folks but no one will ever forget you. Keep Heaven lit. Xoxo
EK Keratsis
September 5, 2020
Darrell, I have been thinking about you today. Hope you are keeping the lights on above and giving God a decent discount. Sure do miss you.
May 24, 2016
Hey Brother Darrell, Missing you always, you were such an amazing person always. Wish i could've gotten to know your son as he grew, But if your in him, i know he's an amazing person too..will always be missin you, and thinking about you..watch over us, and Save a spot for us when our turn comes...peace
Joe Carney
July 12, 2012
Darrell my Dear,we miss you so much! Sometimes it seems that you are gone for a long time, sometimes it feels like it was yesterday. We know you are with God and are watching over us. Daniel is becoming more and more like you and his love for is still as strong as it always was - so is mine.
We Love you.
July 11, 2012
I wish I had known sooner. What a shock. I grew up with Darrell and the rest of the Jones family. We were all family in that neighborhood. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Stan Clay
October 14, 2009
Just got online and another entry into your book in my emails. So i figured i'd add a note, we will allways miss you and i guess words will never say enough, your picture here still hangs over my desk since the day I got the original email as a reminder of the good in the world and the work left to do. You will always be a part of all of us and we will carry you on in spirit. Peace. Joe
Joe Carney
June 24, 2007
Lynwood my friend. It's that "mean season" again and as it rained today, I thought of you. A week doesn't go by when I don't, but today you were especially on my mind. I think it was the first time since you passed that I actually smiled - I remembered that you and I always said that my hurricane supply cabinet had a carton of Marlboros, a six pack of Diet Coke and the National Enquirer in it. I'll alwyas miss you, pal, and you are in my prayers every day. ek
June 23, 2007
It has been over a year and still people talk about your kindness and love for humanity darrell. I see the men in the business and we fondly remember your altruism and will to help. May God have a special place at His side for you and give solace and peace to your family.
Jose Cue
March 20, 2007
Darrell, we miss you everyday, although you are still with all of us in our
hearts. I still want to call you up and yell "YOU MUST COME OUT HERE TO OUR SET AND FIX THE LIGHT, OR THE TRUCK OR WHATEVER HAS HAPPENED!!!!!" And you would sigh and say "Ohhhh mannnnnnn.....okay I'll be right there...."
I know you are doing God's work and you are an angel to all of us.
God bless to you and your family.
p.s. RIcky is doing great, but we miss you.
Simi and Stu
January 3, 2007
My friend, I cannot believe a year has passed since we last spoke. I think of you every single day, still have to stop myself from using your name whenever I call the shop. Time doesn't really diminish that hole you left when you moved on with God, and you are always a topic of discussion when friends get together. I always pray for you and for your family. Unique goes on, just as well, but different. Your memory lives on just the same, no different. God bless you, pal.
January 2, 2007
Our deepest sympathy."The Beamish's".
Kevin Beamish
February 6, 2006
To my family,I'll call you family because I love all people,hold your heads up and everything will be fine. There is no failure in God and trouble does not last always.

All The Love In The World,
Brittane' Maddox
Brittane' Maddox
January 18, 2006
I just found out the news, and I'm so sad. Like John Pisacano and Tommy Rubino, during High School at North Miami, Karen Velez (Majors) and I were part of "the neighborhood." Darrell, Chip, Kari, David, Craig, Terry (RIP), Bruce and so many many more. We'd sit on the corner across from the Jones' house and exchange stories and have a million laughs! Darrell you touched so many of our hearts back in the late 70's and as I've read, touched so many after we all grew up and went our seperate ways. Darrell, it's been a long time since Karen and I have seen you, but your memory will remain in our hearts forever. Our condolences to the Jones family, his wife and son. Be strong! Darrell will always be with you!
Julie Richards (Huff)
January 15, 2006
Darrell L. Jones's was so great i cant even put it into words. I played paintball with his son Daniel all the time and got to know Darrell as well. i thought Darrell was so cool, he even tought me how to make a killer omlete and he sure could play a mean game of ping pong.
This entry is to Darrell L. Jones, "THANKS" for everything.
Preston Breece
January 11, 2006
To The Jones Family,
I am very sorry for your unexpected loss. Darrell was a small person with a very big heart who helped people when they were down on there luck. I will always remember him. There aren't many people like that in this world anymore. May God be with you Darrell. Bonnie
Bonnie Unger
January 11, 2006
My friend Dave Anderson called me today (1-10-06) to tell me the sad news. Darrell and his brothers Chip and Cary were friends of mine sinse the N.M. junior high days. Darrell was a guy Ill never forget. He was the coolest of us all.I am so sorry it had been so long sinse I had seen him, so sorry I didnt get to see him again in this world but Ill see him in the next one, I'm sure. My best to his family and friends.
richard thompson
January 10, 2006
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family. His death has left a big hole in the film community. When I needed help I could always count on Darrell, he would find a way. He was truely a kind and generous man. I will miss him.
Debby Freeman
January 9, 2006
It’s not the date of birth or the date of passing that counts ...It’s the dash between the two. As everyone can see from the many, many postings, the DASH in Darrells life was overflowing with kindness, compassion, laughter, loyalty, family, and relatives. My sincere condolences go out to his wife, son, mother, father, brothers, sister, relatives, friends and colleagues.
Suzie Farmer
January 9, 2006
You will be really missed, living next door to you and your family for twenty years has left its mark.you will always be my friend.
Richard Mosher
January 9, 2006
Darrell will be remembered by all of us whose lives he touched so graciously with a smile. As long as we're here, he lives on in us. A measure of a persons' life is the imprint he makes on those around him - we'll all miss you Darrell.
It is a loss first for his wife and son, for JB & Gertrude, for his brothers and sister ... and for us as a tight knit community.
you'll be missed bro'............
Mark Wittenberg
January 8, 2006
Darrell will be remembered by all of us whose lives he touched so graciously with a smile. As long as we're here, he lives on in us. A measure of a persons' life is the imprint he makes on those around him - we'll all miss you Darrell.
It is a loss first for Ingrid and Daniel, for JB & Gertrude, for his brothers and sister ... and for us as a tight knit community.
you'll be missed bro'............
Mark Wittenberg
January 8, 2006
What a bummer to here the bad news.Growing up in the neighborhood with Darrell and his brothers was a trip. Some of us took different paths but Darrel showed us all that anything was possible and received his degree. To me always a model of achievenment and a bro to everybody. He will never to be forgotten
john pisacano
January 8, 2006
I grew up and went to school with Darrell and his brothers in North Miami. I last saw Darrell in the early 80's before moving to Arizona.
I remember one halloween he dressed up in an original costume, he was a table with drinks glued to it. It was a classic! It stuck in my mind all these years. I remember Darrell as a funny young man who seemed to get along with everyone.
Now after reading the post from all the people Darrell touched in his personal and professional life, I realize that darrell had become nothing short of a great Father, husband,brother son & friend as well as an amazing business man.
And I am not surprised.
My sincere condolences to the Jones family. Tom Rubino
Tom Rubino
January 8, 2006
Darrell, we are going to miss you very much, I always thought of you as one of the brothers I never had while living with your family at times growing up.
I know we haven't stayed close through the years, but you will be very much missed.
Lee Ann Thompson
January 8, 2006
Kindness is Wisdom. Darrell Jones posessed the wisdom we all aspire to have in life. My sincere condolences to the entire Jones family for their loss.
Donna Farmer
January 7, 2006
When I learned that Darrell passed away, I was so selfishness because I refused to accpet his deceased but in my heartfelt condolences to Jones Family.
I have my fondest memories of him, and one of my best memory while I was working at Unquie Producers Service, Inc., every morning I looked at his huge black pickup truck came and a little guy jumped out of it, and he walked quickly into his office, and every times I recognized that he always "walking quickly" around the warehouses, I knew that he was a real handful and great businessman of this heart of the company. And I could see everybody that they look up to him and they were admiring him because he has his strongest positive attitude toward them. I am surely believed that everybody missed him as I do.
Anyway, I am currently working at Hollywood Rentals in Orlando, and I sometime thought that I would like to pay the visit at Unquie Producers Service, Inc. and see him and I would give him my greatest appreciation before I go to transfer into another Hollywood Rentals in Los Angeles, Califorina on Summer '06 but now I don't make it and I feel so mournful of my favorite guy.
And I am not joking to say, very serious state. I had been working different companies of the films industries, and I was comparing any of guys who are the management the companies, and I knew that I can see one who was the best and great management... Darrell Jones! Now, he's gone, and I would see anyone's alike him, there's no more. So, I missed him very much and I refused to forget him ever.
Gene Packard
January 7, 2006
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the Jones family. This is such a tragic loss. I pray that God will strengthen you, and I believe your memories, in time, will comfort you. I know Darrell will be watching over you. May God Bless you
Anna Zaccardo
January 7, 2006
Too soon. Not right. Not fair. It won't be the same without you. Thank you for all your help and patience over the years. You were a good man. You will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Vicki Pearlman
January 6, 2006
Our sincere condolences go out to Darrell’s family and friends during this difficult time. In 2003 Darrell lent his great expertise and services to the Broward County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for the production of a short live action film to educate students about the dangers of drunk driving. His contributions have in turn helped educate thousands of students about this serious issue and will continue to do so for years to come. Darrell, you will be greatly missed.
Hugo Reiner
January 6, 2006
Shocked and stunned,I'll never forget Darrell.Thank you for giving me a break in the business,God Bless his family our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mitch Reeves
Mitch Reeves
January 6, 2006
I am deeply saddened by yet another untimely loss in our small film community. I have worked with this family for over 3 decades. You will truly be missed.
Scott Blynder, C.A.S.
January 6, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Jones family. This is a terrible loss to so many of us.
Darrell was truly one of a kind, always a pleasure to work with no matter how tough the situation. Another great man, Albert Einstein, once said, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." I believe that this is what Darrell lived by. He will be dearly missed.
Maryann Duffy
January 6, 2006
My heartfelt condolences, sympathy, and prayers go to the Jones family. Darrell was a wonderful person, a stand up guy, and a friend to all who knew him. I for one, am a better person for having known him. To all of the South Florida film community, my deepest sympathy, in Darrell we saw the best of what we could be… and we lost one of the best we had in him. We will all miss you Darrell.
Wes Malkin
January 6, 2006
My love and sympathy goes out to Darrell's family and friends. Darrell and I were actually roommates at college - it was by default...everyone kept graduating but us! But...we finally made it! I think the last time I actually saw Darrell was at my wedding - and he was as fun loving as I'd always remembered him - and always will! I've kept in touch through a mutual friend - Darrell - you will be missed and loved always! Keep feeding the fish!
Jackie (Lucy)
Jackie Menzel
January 6, 2006
Dear J.B., Ursula and Daniel, I was lucky enough to know your son, Dad, and husband, as the industry friend and leader everyone loved. We are all here on earth for only a very limited time, and I hope you take solace in the remembrance of all the good times you had with each other. We do not know why G-d takes the good and beautiful people as was your Darrell, so young. I am proud to call him my friend and I can only say that his passing has affected me profoundly. If they make movies in heaven – I know who is in charge of technical operations! My daughter, Ashton, and I wish you our heartfelt condolences.
Michael Grosz
January 6, 2006
Ouer heartfelt prayers and wishes to the Jones Family and those who knew and worked with Darrell in our small film making community. Darrell will be missed, but his many countless great deeds will always be with us.
Joel Wein
January 6, 2006
Darrell you were a great, honest, helluva guy, served and helped anyone in need.The business was nicer having you around, we will miss you, My deepest condolences to your grieving family. Pepy Cue
Jose Cue Sr.
January 6, 2006
I have known Darrell Jones only a handful of years. JB SR and Ricky were members of the family I often saw more as an AD. Once I became a UPM, I got to know Darrell first as a businessman and eventually a friend. As a businessman, he always provided me and my crews with the best equipment for the best price, I think often times losing money in the process. As a friend, twice in two years he showed up at my door with a generator to power up not only my house but three of my immediate neighbors. Not expecting a dime, just a little conversation at my kitchen table over a cold one...Dolphins and 'Noles, usually. Then he'd crack that easy smile of his and drive off to the next person in need. I've never known a more giving person, in our crazy business or any business for that matter. Generous and wise beyond his years, there will always be that smile that I'll never forget. Behind that smile was a great man, a man I am proud to have known...I will miss him.
Terry Miller
January 6, 2006
In the last 15 years I've been in the industry it was always a pleasure to deal Darrell, He was always friendly and full of energy, My heart goes out to all the family and you are in our prayers. Randy, Malcolm, Harrison & Irelyn Jensen
Randall Jensen
January 6, 2006


michelle marx
January 6, 2006
Gone but not forgotten rest in peace my old friend
Vincent Pafumy j.r.
January 6, 2006
Darrell Jones was my friend. It didn’t start out that way. He was just a guy on the end of the phone at a rental house and I was just some upstart nobody putting together a nothing movie or video without any real money. I am sure my story was a story Darrell had either heard or was going to hear many, many times as the person at the wheel of Unique. Darrell, of course, helped me out and made sure I had what I needed to get my project done. I would come to learn that this should have been no surprise. That Darrell would always lend a helping hand to someone who needed it. Or often he would help someone who didn’t necessarily need any help, because that is who Darrell was. He was a good human being through and through. He didn’t need a reason to help you. He did it because he liked it and wanted to.

Over the decade that I worked with Darrell we became friends. He was always there to support me when I needed it. The rare times I had something go wrong with a piece of equipment Darrell was there. As I started to get my own projects off the ground Darrell was once again there to support me, always offering his services or equipment or whatever he had at his disposal that might help. On something that was literally no budget, be it a music video, short or feature film, Darrell would bring you the gear himself and stand around with all the other people on set who are there for the same reason he was. He loved it, the community, the characters, the creativity, the entrepreneurship and of course, the madness of it all. Most of us who work in film love it. You have to, to do it. Motion picture production can be rough. Long and or weird hours spread out over the weeks and weeks of principle photography can frazzle people and make them well, grumpy. Not Darrell. He was always there with a smile. Day in and day out. Paying job or not. Rain or Shine. Night or Day. It didn’t matter because he was Darrell and he would likely be smiling.

Darrell and I had common visions for the South Florida production industry. Nobody really knows where it is headed but we talked about it often. What do we need to do individually to bring more work here we would ask ourselves and contemplate. Once again the idea of the community arises and there is Darrell at the front, not just concerned with Unique but with all of the South Florida production community. All of us.

But work by no means was the only thing in Darrell’s life. His family and friends were the most important things to him. He was surrounded by people loved him and he reflected it back. One of the last times I spoke with him was on a totally personal call. We were just commiserating about the hurricane season being over or something and then he of course offered his help to my pregnant wife while I was going to be out of town on business. He just couldn’t resist the chance to offer his help because that is who he was.

My thoughts go out to his family and friends. This is an inconsolable loss. I, like everyone else, still cannot fathom this world without Darrell in it. The loss for our production community is immeasurable. Someone said to me Monday afternoon that Darrell was like the sand on Miami Beach. When you come to Miami Beach you expect the sand to be there. I will miss him dearly. Always.

Darrell Jones was my friend.
Andy Schefter
January 6, 2006
He was an intern for me at DuBois Productions when he came out of college. He was always praising me and thanking me for how well I taught him. He used to say proudly, "Pete, I think I am going to go into the business side of this industry - somebody has to run the business" and that he did . . . and he was great. Nobody, absolutely nobody, ever had anything but the greatest fondness for Darrell.
I am so glad to have known him. And so sad to say goodbye to him.
Peter Gardner
January 5, 2006
When i heard the news i thought no way this can't be happening. It seems my film family and his has always been there. You get used to felling confortable thinking everything will remain the same. Years of experiences and war stories to reflect upon and talk about. Never thinking it will end. Daily doing your best for your friends, family and clients by going the extra mile and burning the midnight oil. He has touched so many lives, it is a devastating blow to loose such a good man. My heart goes out to his family. I am lucky to have known Darrell and I will truly miss him.
Egon Stephan Jr. Cinevideotech Inc.
January 5, 2006
Will and I both send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all the Jones family.

Such a sad, unexpected loss. Darrell was always right there with whatever was needed to solve any problem that we called about. He was such a special guy. I'm really going to miss talking to "the other dj".
DJ Jawitz Williams
January 5, 2006
To Cary, Rick, JB sr. and the rest of the family: It's been almost 20 years since I saw you all but no less of a shock to hear of your sudden loss. My heart goes out to you all. May the good Lord guide you and comfort you during this time. Adam, Chrissy and the kids, Kelley, Adam Howard, and Austin Padowitz
Adam Padowitz
January 5, 2006
To the Jones Family -
Our fathers worked together and we grew up on the sets. Some might say we learned from the best, I would have to agree. We were taught that a hand shake and kind word went far. Through out good time or bad - we smiled.

Darrell Jones is and always will be one of the most loved, repected, and kindess gentlemen in the industry. His smile and warm hand shake willl truley be missed. I know in my heart that God for what ever reason has embrassed Darrell and welcomed him home. My family and I pray that God in His mercy consoles the hearts of those who will miss their beloved husband, father, son , brother, uncle and friend

With deepest regrets

The Grefe' Family
Melanie Grefe'
January 5, 2006
Darrell will always be remembered as an honest, caring and respected member of the "old school" film family. His values and caring will be missed. May God Bless him and his family. Lorri Grefe' Bell
Lorri Grefe' Bell
January 5, 2006
Dear Darrell:
I will miss you, my friend. Lindsey
Lindsey Bell
January 5, 2006
To the Jones Family My family and I send our Prayers and Sorrows for your Loss.I have great memories of Diving,Fishing and camping with Darrell.He was an extraordinary person and will live forever in our memories!We will miss you
Dana Coletti
January 5, 2006
There are too many thoughts and not enough words that can express my sorrow with Darrell's passing. Darrell was more than an amazing businessman, more than a great father and husband, son and brother and so much more than what is defined as a friend. Darrell was a sweet , warm soul that was a beckon of light for so many of us on both a business and personal level. I will miss you.
Sandy Lighterman
January 5, 2006
My Condolences to the Jones Family.Darrell was Unique in the Industry and someone who made the film community here in south florida A community.No matter what,he could get it done.He would consider anything and give you a straight answer.Morale at the shop was good.The shop was looking good .New Trucks,New Year.Darrell was ready,allways building up the buisness
We wern't tight but I could allways call and talk shop.Unique Producers has allways been Unique and it is because it is a Family Run Business and when Darell was up...He was ready.I can't believe he's gone.Lord Knows there are plenty of stories...chris
chris young
January 5, 2006

We have known Darrell for over 20 years. A friend and a colleague; he was the man to call when you needed equipment (or a fire put out) on a South Florida movie set. Always the kidder, I think we were all a little surprised at what a wonderful job he did taking over for J.B. when he retired. He really stepped up to the plate and became quite the business man. But he never lost that special part of his personality that was "uniquely" Darrell. He will be missed by all of those who were lucky enough to call him a friend. He was our friend. Rest in peace buddy.
With love
Simi and Stu Wein
Simi and Stu Wein
January 5, 2006
To the Jones family, I wanted to express how deeply saddened I was to learn of Darrell's untimely passing. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers go out to all of you.
Darrell...Please know you are already missed my friend.
Sam Hassel
January 5, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with Darrell's family.
Don and Mary Jo Ivey
January 5, 2006
Life is a stage and you made it brighter. To have known you was a gift. Love to your family and so many friends.
David Roth
January 5, 2006
Darrell I am sorry that your time on earth couldn't be longer because you were a real gentleman. Thank you for helping us during the weeks after the hurricane. I know that everyone in film will miss their very good friend. You and your family will be in my family's prayers.
Reno Reeves
January 5, 2006
I am sorry to hear the tragic news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. May you and your family find peace.
Thomas Sidoti
January 5, 2006
With deep sympathy to the entire Jones family.
John Kevin Griffin
January 5, 2006
We were all at a loss of breath late Monday morning when we heard of Darrell's passing.
We know first hand at Great Southern Studios of the sudden loss of a great leader and tower of knowlege & strength.
It has been ten years since we lost our beloved
Jeffrey and there have been numerous times that we needed that expert advice on lighting, equipment,rigging or just about anything.
"JUST CALL UNIQUE" they'll know!!!!!!
Darrell always took the time and explained all the options and techniques. If we were short lighting pieces, dolly or track or any widget..He would say COME AND GET IT!!!!!NO PROBLEM!!!!
Darrell was truly a friend not just a business acquaintance.
Darrell will now be joining the Film Business Elite at the Big Buffet in the Beyond.
We will truly miss him!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends who are still in shock and need that big Darrell smile and hug.
May God give you all the strength to live life and remember the good times and fond memories.
January 5, 2006
I had the privalage to meet Darrell in the mid eighties. I was so enamored by his tenacious and passionate personality. At the time i was a member of the Women of the Motion Picture Industry (wompi). Also working at an Ad agency called The Ad Team, who did many tv commercials. Of course Darrell pursued the business. I realized that our film shoots were always in good hands with Unique Producers Services. They supplied all of our needs without a hitch. He was always so sure and positive at every stage of the production that there was never a problem. His business savy creative process and knowledge was invaluable. When(wompi) would ask for Unigue,to donate, time, money, and services he was the first to come to the plate. When we launched Walker Fitzgibbon TV/Films, he would work with the lowest of budgets to maintain his committment to his client and good friend, me. No job was too big or too small. When we talk about friendship,there was no other friend that you could count on when times were tough or when we were down,he would help you figure out life. With such spirit and that fabulous laugh. H e would take the time to listen even if there were 4 movies,10 commercials and whatever else was going on...he made the time to always be a good friend. He loved life,his family, his son, his dad , his brothers, the business, and all of those movies, commercials, music videos... and those 'damn' clients that drove him crazy. One things is for sure his ideas,and visions will continue on at Unigue. All of those movies that he worked on will have the Unique credits. We will always be able to see all that he was responsible for doing and what he gave to every frame of the film. Like his dad, he is legendary. Darrell Jones will be alive forever..... Always friends for life,Mo Fitzgibbon Walker/Fitzgibbon TV/Films
Mo Fitzgibbon
January 5, 2006
A true friend. Darrell was a person who always was smiling and a very giving person. Just recently my freindship with Darrell blossomed. It's funny how things work, he would arrive at my office, talk business for five minutes,no contract,no po, a hand shake, DONE Deal Pal. We would then talk family for another twenty minutes.Family and freinds were it for Darrell. Business / work was for fun.
He will always be in our thoughts.
Saul Medina
January 5, 2006
Though I have been out of the industry for a while there are still those who really left an impact on me. Darrell was one of those. He was always there with a smile when we needed him in transpo. He (and his brothers) knew that I was afraid of bugs and their favorite thing was to cup their hands together and run to my van as though they had a bug. After hundreds of times on different movie sets it was still funny. You will be missed. When you get to heaven, say hello to Ms V. and Anthony P. for me
Joyce Lark
January 5, 2006
Darrell always had smile, a friendly handshake and a good word for all of the film community. We will miss you.
Zoot Byrne
January 5, 2006
Terrie and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of a truly wonderful, caring guy. Darrell will long be remembered for his kind and cheerful ways, his willingness to go the extra mile. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Darrell's family and friends. Your sorrow is shared by everyone who knew and loved him.

Rest in Peace, Darrell...we miss you.
Sean Gray
January 5, 2006
I am saddened to hear of Darrell's passing. I have many memories and stories of Gene working with Darrell and JB, many moons ago. My prayers for all the family, may all your shared memories help you through this sad time. Maybe Darrell and Gene are having a few......
Mrs. Gene Moffatt
Sandy Moffatt
January 5, 2006
Throughout elementary, high school and the many years that followed, you were a great person and friend. You will be sincerely missed by many people. My deepest sympathy and paryers go out to your family during this sad time.
Bobby Hall
January 5, 2006
Throughout elementary, high school and the many years that followed, you were a great person and friend. You will be sincerely missed by many people. My deepest sympathy and paryers go out to your family during this sad time.
Gary Hall
January 5, 2006
I will miss Darrell.
Jorge Kreimer
January 5, 2006
Darrell you will be missed by everyone at Everlast Productions.
Tim Parsons
January 5, 2006
To a great cousin & a wonderful person.I'll always be greatful to you for all you did for me,my family & friends after hurricane Andrew.God bless & rest in peace cousin from all the Goodwins.
Jeffrey Goodwin
January 5, 2006
Our condolences be with you at this moment of sadness. It is a terrible loss for family, friends and colleagues. He was very much respected and admired by all.We all know what a great person he was and will miss him very much.
Leda Barham
January 5, 2006
To the Jones Family,

It is with the deepest heartfelt simpathy that I am writing this. The passing of Darrell is so hard to beleive. I will miss my buddy forever.
Darrel was one of the kindest people i have ever met.His unselfish ways were an insperation to me and will always be. He always was a very noble person whos word met evrything and was as good as gold. JB you should be proud of the way you and your wife brought darrel up as he was a truelly a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. My Deepest felt condolances to his Family and his extended family at unique. I will never forget him and the way he was....

your buddy
Tony Fandino
January 5, 2006
I knew Darrell since he showed up at Gratigny Elementary almost 40 years ago. He was the cutest and the sweetest. Mr.Personality. Darrell was always willing to take on responsibility. We stayed in touch over the years, several years ago he made it to one of my annual parties to see all of the girls from the hood. Our nighborhood was a closeknit community and many of us are still in touch. Whenever I met someone in the film industry who knew Darrell, I would tell them to say hi from me and tell them stories of our growing up together. They would tell me that he was still a great guy, very caring and always helping out where he could.

Chip left several frantic messages Monday evening, when we finally spoke on Tuesday morning I was sad and shocked. I recently lost my dad, and I am finally getting out of the slump. New Years was very up, so I didn't know why I was feeling sad on Monday. Now I do. It was my job to let the nieghborhood know; Wendy, Amy, Diane, Elyse and Chuckie, Felice, Lisa, Donna, Eitan, Yoav and my brother Marc. Each time I told someone I hurt a little more. Chip was there for me when my dad got sick and when he passed unexpectedly. When he called I could tell it was Darrell. They were so close and I send this for Chip as well as Darrell. You were special brothers and how lucky for you two to have shared such a deep bond. My heart goes out to Ricky, Carol, Cary, and especially JB and Gertrude. We will miss you Darrell. It hurts so much because you were loved so much. Peace be with you.

With Love, Gail
Gail Osheroff
January 5, 2006
I am shocked over Darrell's passing. He was such a sweetheart and respected everyone.I knew him for over 30 years. I feel for the Jones family and his friends and their heartache. He will be greatly missed.
January 4, 2006
Darrell, it has been a few years, but the memories of seeing you around North Miami came flooding back. So sad to hear that you are gone. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your dear family. Much love...
Nina Valdez
January 4, 2006
We will miss you Darrell. We've lost a great friend and person.
Herb Spahn
January 4, 2006
I will miss Darrel Jones;as a member of the Jones family he had a tradition of doing business on a handshake or a phone call that i never questioned.He was a man of his word,and a tireless worker.His good natured personality will be sorely missed by the entire community.We at Filmtrade extend our heartfelt sorrow and condolences for his family and many friends.
John Banner
January 4, 2006
I was up last night, sitting on the roof, smoking a cigarette in the moonlight, hoping the local police would not drive by and see me. Couldn't sleep. Didn't cry. Just thought. How many friends do you have for more than two decades? I guess most people stay in touch with childhood friends. But I moved around quite a bit and so I am not one of those people. The friends I have stayed in touch with over the span of years are those, for the most part, that I grew up with in my "film childhood," from an intern to a producer - a whole "reel" lifetime.
Darrell is the longest friendship I have from that particular childhood. And truly, we did sort of grow up together.
My middle name is Alice, always hated it. His was Linwood. We took great pleasure over the years torturing each other with the use of our middle names, especially in public.
I had a baby, my son, now almost seventeen years ago. I didn't have nearly enough money to cover the bill for his birth. Had Darrell Jones not seen his way to come over to South Miami Hospital with cash, I believe my son would still be living there, held hostage over an unpaid bill.
I didn't have power. Darrell brought me some.
I didn't have work. Darrell brought me into the shop.
I needed equipment for the lowest of all low budget jobs - rap videos. Darrell brought it.
I had production problems. Darrell listened.
I had romantic problems. Darrell listened. Man, did he listen.
He sent flowers for all of our birthdays, food for every holiday.
Darrell was a gentleman, he spoke of his wife and son constantly, with love and - more importantly - enthusiasm. It sort of gave me hope that maybe there was hope for the rest of us to end up that way - happy.
Darrell was a great friend, the best kind - the kind that you can count on.
Darrell called me over the holidays. I didn't call him back. I knew I would see him after New Years, and I was away for the break.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever have even a fleeting thought that I wouldn't see my friend again in "reel" life.
I am grateful to have known him.
I am grateful that, in the past few years, as we all reached "adulthood" in this reel life, I finally acquired at least the small amount of good grace to thank him for all he did for me over the course of two long, and also short, decades. But he laughed it off with a wave.
He's like that.
I sat on my roof, smoking a cigarette and thinking about all of this when I realized that the ladder I had used to climb up there had fallen over.
It lay on the soft grass below.
I had to laugh to myself. Now I would have to climb down and drop into that grass by myself.
Darrell would laugh to see me trying to navigate myself downward.
"Hey pal," I thought as I looked up. "How 'bout a little help?"
Then it started to rain.
And then I really laughed. And I said out loud "Very funny, Linwood."
Instead of climbing down, I just sat there in the cool rain as the grass turned muddy, thinking that although I would never again see my friend in real life or reel life, just the same - he was still here.
I will miss him.
January 4, 2006
I will never forget your unexpected visit to the hospital when i had just lost my leg in a motorcycle accident in 2001, you gave me a Unique Jacket and spent some valuable time with me, it really cheered me up when i was feeling down.After you left i found $500.00 Dollars in the pocket of that Jacket, that really helped my family in a time of need. That was the kind of giving person you were.
You will truly be missed.
Charlie Casas
January 4, 2006
You were so kind and warm, always, to us around you. You are and will be greatly missed.
ginny wolnowicz.
January 4, 2006
Still in disbelief about this...Darrell is so loved by the Florida film community, as well as I'm sure many others. We're going to miss him deeply.
Pam Weiss
January 4, 2006
I'm at a loss for words! I grew up in the business with J.B. at the helm of Unique. Darrell was and always will be a shining star. What a tragic loss leaving us so young, full of joy and promise. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all who knew and loved Darrell especially for mom, dad and his entire family. This is going to be a tough one for all of us. Much love and strength from the Massin family. Peace, Robin
Robin Massin
January 4, 2006
My heartfelt sympathies go out to the entire Jones family. I was extremely shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Darrell's sudden passing.
My relationship with the Jones family goes back almost 30 years. JB was even our gaffer way back when. It is a privlidge to know & work with one of the 1st families of film in Florida,
I had the opportunity to watch Darrell grow and mature into the man that I will always remember. Since Darrell took over from JB he was the man that always could get things done when others wouldn't or couldn't. You could always count on Darrell, as a business associate, but more important as a friend. Florida's film business has lost one of it's brightest stars.
Rest in peace my friend!!!!
Barry Roth
January 4, 2006
We will miss you, thanks for those good years of friendship and all the jobs we worked on together. You will always be in our hearts.

Frank, Noemi, Giselle, and Frankie
January 4, 2006
We will miss you, thanks for those good years of friendship and all the jobs we worked on together, my family and I will always have you in our hearts.

Frank, Noemi, Giselle, and Frankie.
January 4, 2006
Word of your death has traveled fast through North Miami's tight knit family of friends. We are deeply saddened and extend our sympathies to your wife, son, brothers, sister and mom and dad. When I arrived at Gratigny Elementary for 6th grade in 1969, you were the funniest and kindest person I got to know. Your kindness exceeded your good looks as you treated everyone as a friend. I am proud to have known you as a fellow member of the great Class of '76. Both James and I say rest in peace young friend until we meet again.
Nancy and James Gribble
Nancy Gribble
January 4, 2006
Man sad day today as ive heard of your passing,though weve been miles away from each other for years ,you are in my mind and heart alot, as you were always a friend and a smiling welcoming face when i was in miami and stopped in to unique to say hi. I will miss you always and remember you till we meet again. peace to your family I celebrate the wonderfull life you lead. Joe
Joe Carney
January 4, 2006
terry giordan
January 4, 2006
If ever there was a solid, a stand up guy, a shirt to be given off your back. Always backing us up and supporting us, for being tirelessly prepared, willing and capable. For being a brother to all of us... You will be missed always.
Fred Schwartz
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Stanny Park
January 4, 2006
Darrell there is no doubt you will be missed greatly. I truly do not know what the South Florida film business will do without you. When nobody on the set had an answer for how to make something happen, we could always call on Darrell to make is so. God bless your family, only the good die young. I will miss you.
Steven Betolatti
January 4, 2006
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