Alan Jones passed away on Tuesday, September 24th 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen, sons Mark (and wife Heather), Ian and grand-daughters Claire and Laura. Alan was born in Cardiff, Wales and emigrated to Ontario, Canada with Kathleen and the boys in 1975.
Eighteen months later he was off again this time to Vancouver Island, BC and later to Vancouver as he and the family continued their adventure. For more than 55 years, Kathleen was his rock and constant companion. Together they authored a simple but beautiful life-story. Alan was a skilled craftsman who was involved in many aspects of the building trade from bricklaying and stone masonry to general contracting and drafting.
Alan was also a passionate family man. He ensured that his sons had university educations and post-secondary schooling was an important consideration in making the original move overseas. Despite being ill, he vowed to attend his grand-daughter Claire’s high school graduation in June this year, a promise he made when she was born. He was also looking forward to seeing his other grand-daughter, Laura, proudly wearing her cap and gown. Alan was thought of as an all-round good guy who loved amateur soccer, birds, fishing and a good dinner. He also loved Manchester United, watching nature shows on television and having a good laugh. As a volunteer he gave his time generously to many worthy causes including coaching youth soccer and improving Fanny Bay Hall. Alan was gregarious and everywhere he went in life, from the football field to the neighbour’s deck, he made great friends and thoroughly enjoyed these special friendships. Coming from England, he brought old world values to the new world; he was honest and fair, you could count on him and his word was his bond. Above all, Alan valued his independence and freedom and it was important to him to spend his final days at home. Kathleen ensured that this happened and was loyally and lovingly by his side when he departed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice. A celebration of Alan’s life will be announced at a later date.