Robert Henry Jones
Born 1935 in Vancouver, BC.
Died at age 72 on Monday, August 18, 2008.
Married 52 years to Vera Jones nee Fedorowich.
Father to Karen Eve Jones and Robert Gregory Jones.
1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery – 3 years.
Royal Canadian Air Force – 24 years.
Stationed at Camp Shilo and Fort Osborne Barracks in Manitoba (where he met Vera), RCAF Station Comox in BC, CFB Uplands and CFB Borden in Ontario, and twice at 4 Fighter Wing in Baden-Soellingen, Germany.
Bob started his writing career in 1975. He switched to full-time writing in 1980, taking early release from the military. As an author and editor to various regional, national and international publications, Bob was committed to helping aspiring writers to achieve their full potential. When he received the Jack Davis Mentor’s Award, he wrote, “It brings tears of gratitude to my eyes to think I have received an award for doing what I love best – ordering people around; bullying and harassing them; scribbling rude comments all over their deathless prose; making them write things over and over again. It truly doesn’t get any better than this.”
Bob was a consummate story-teller. When he held the “talking stick”, laughter and merriment prevailed. He shared his love of fishing and the outdoors by volunteering for various organizations, including the Oyster River Enhancement Society, the Wild Salmon Alliance, and the Fly Fishing Canada.
Some of Bob’s most recent works are: Fly Fishing Canada – From Coast to Coast to Coast (co-author/editor, 2001), A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns (co-author, 2006), and Island Salmon Fisherman (co-author, 2008).
There will be no service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Bob’s daughter, Karen, is gathering together stories about Bob from his many, far-flung friends as a family memento. To include your tribute and photos, email Karen at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
“Blessed be those whose stardust finds a home in the universe.”