Richard Jones

Richard William Jones

April 11th, 1933 - April 11th, 2020
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Passed away, after a sudden illness, on Saturday, April 11th, 2020, at the Etobicoke General Hospital, Richard (Dick) William Jones of Tillsonburg and formerly of Toronto and Vienna in his 88th year. Born in Tillsonburg, Richard started his teaching career in Vienna Public School, later he taught music at Chinguacousy Secondary School, Brampton until his retirement. He had a lifelong hobby of bodybuilding and organized and was M.C. at some competitions. He was Associate Editor of “Muscle Magazine,” published in Toronto. Survived by a cousin Gwen in Bolton, and a cousin Will in Barrie. Predeceased by his parents Albert (Bert) Victor Jones and the late Edith Florence (Butler) Jones.

In keeping with Richard’s wishes cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted, with confidence, to the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES – BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg (519) 842-4238. Memorial donations to the “Canadian Cancer Society” or to the “United Way of Canada” can be made through the Verhoeve Funeral Home, Tillsonburg.
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Cathy Marengeur

Posted at 01:10pm
Cathy (Hartin) Marengeur
Mr. Dick Jones you sir have and always will have left the greatest of impressions upon me. I am honoured to have called you friend. You and Mr. Ted Hipwell helped to mold my career as a student at Chinguacousy SS. I must admit when i first meet you as a grade nine student i was a bit intimidated, as you did not take flack from anyone and had high expectations from all of your students. As the five years moved forward that intimidation changed to great respect. I was involved in all of the musicals as was my husband Mark, where over the years we developed a mutual respect for each other. One of my most cherished possessions is the set of professional sleigh bells you gifted to Mark and I upon attending our annual Christmas Caroling. I bring them out every year, as we still due Caroling, and I will continue to share the story of who the man was who gifted them to us. My condolences to his family, as I am sure you know, he was one of a kind. Rest in Peace Dick.

Lisa Hirt

Posted at 11:38am
So sorry to hear about Mr Jones' passing. I had booked him on many trips over the years. Always looked forward to his visits to our office on Mondays! He is missed.

fred brown

Posted at 11:05am
I am one of the few students of Vienna public school to be taught by mr. Jones. I had him as a teacher in grades 5 and 6 in his first years of teaching. I am so sorry for your loss! His effect on me was life changing. He was the only male teacher in our 4 room school. Because of him I became a and principal in Tillsonburg. in the 1980s I was principal of Rolph Street school and invited him to our 75th reunion as I knew he was a student there> he was unable to come. Was I ever disappointed. a GREAT teacher,a great piano player and a great person. I will be forever grateful to him. the world will miss him. Fred Brown

Bill Lennox

Posted at 12:52am
I had the pleasure to be educated about great classical music by Mr. Jones he was a terrific teacher at Chinguacousy ss.He also loved the late Neil Peart of Rush Mr. Jones would go and see them at Maple Leaf Gardens and sit in the last row of the grey seats then him and I would talk about the show the next day so cool to have a teacher that was connected to his students fave band!I had great memories of him and he was a real asset to my musical journey!Thank you Mr. Jones.Rest in Peace!Bill Lennox

Mandy Meisner

Posted at 11:20pm
Mr Jones first taught me grade 9 math, but later became a champion of our family musical endeavours. He came to every show I invited him to. He had a ritual about it though, he had to have the opening night, back row centre seat. A week or so later I would receive a handwritten (in perfect cursive) letter with a detailed critique of the show. He was a strict teacher, but in his class was the only time I passed math. He had a huge love for the arts and fostered that in me. I am SO grateful for him. RIP Mr. Jones, I’ll always look out to see who’s in your seat opening night! I’ve kept all your letters, thanks for being my friend.
Mandy Meisner (Snape)

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