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Jones, David

December 24th, 2009

jones, davidDavid Walton Jones, age 85, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at his home, Thursday, December 24, 2009.

Born on December 2, 1924, in Everett, MA, David was the son of the late William and Mary (Leaden) Jones of Malden, MA. Dave grew up in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School.

He enlisted in the United States Navy on May 11, 1943 during World War II. He served aboard several vessels, including the USS Prince William and the USS Langley as an Aviation Ordnanceman. Dave received many commendations for his service and was honorably discharged on May 6, 1946.

After his tour of duty in the Navy, Dave continued his education at Washington University and Suffolk Law University in Boston, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Dave was employed as a CPA at the Slade Spice Company in Boston, MA and the Atwell Company in Cambridge, MA for many years before going to work at the U.S. Post Office in Woburn and North Reading until retirement.

Dave married Barbara Clifford of Brockton, MA on June 26, 1954, and they celebrated 45 years of marriage before her passing 10 years ago in 1999. Dave and Barbara moved to Wilmington in 1957 to raise their family. They also had a summer home on Drakes Island in Wells, Maine where they enjoyed many family gatherings and outings.

In his earlier years living in Wilmington, Dave was a “gentleman farmer”, grew vegetables and flowers, had an assortment of farm animals (cows, sheep, rabbits, chickens, horses, ponies) and bred, raised, and raced Standardbred sulky horses with his late friend, Charlie Green of Wilmington. Later in life, he spent his spare time going to the annual agricultural fairs, auctions and yard sales, following Boston sports teams, working on his family genealogy, playing the “Jumble” newspaper game, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family in New England and Colorado.

Dave was the devoted father of Paula Laine and husband Tapani of Berthoud, CO, Pamela Ward and husband Peter of Webster, MA, Myra Loiacano and husband Anthony of Essex, MA, Melissa Belair and husband Edward of Taunton, MA, David W. Jones, Jr. and his long time special friend Nancy Drown of Wells, ME, and Clifford Jones of Wilmington, MA.

Dave was grandfather of Cassandra and Andrew Ward, Aaron and Mark Loiacano, Sarah and Daniel Belair, David W. Jones III and his wife, Lyra and Travis Jones; brother of Mary Alice Gaidelis of Norton, MA and special friend of Charlotte Costa of Stoneham, MA; uncle of nephews, Robert “Robbie” Jones of Lancaster, MA, Theodore “Teddy” Gaidelis of Norton, MA and nieces, Joyce M. Jones of Methuen, MA, Debra L. Jones of Malden, MA, Mary Beth (Gaidelis) Putnam of Intervale, NH and Laura Wise of Chuluota, FL. He was preceded in death by his brothers, William Jones of Wilmington, MA, Robert Jones of Malden, MA, and Laurence Jones of Malden, MA.

Dave was a compassionate and caring person. In general, he showed his love and caring through doing things for others. He was always helping one of his children, family members, neighbors, his friends, friends of his children, mere acquaintances and even strangers. He welcomed anyone into his home for the holidays if they had no family to spend the holidays with and in general went out of his way for anyone that needed his help. He had a very good sense of humor and gatherings were filled with laughter and the occasional practical joke on someone. He will be sadly missed by everyone whose lives were touched by him. He was a wonderful person.

At Dave’s request, his funeral services will be private. Memorial donations in his name can be made to either charity which were two of Dave’s favorites: Mountain Outreach, Cumberland College, 6191 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY or American Indian Relief Council, P.O. Box 6200, Rapid City, SD, 57709.

David Walton Jones, age 85, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at his home, Thursday, December 24, 2009.

Born on December 2, 1924, in Everett, MA, David was the son of the late William and Mary (Leaden) Jones of Malden, MA. Dave grew up in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School.

He enlisted in the United States Navy on May 11, 1943 during World War II. He served aboard several vessels, including the USS Prince William and the USS Langley as an Aviation Ordnanceman. Dave received many commendations for his service and was honorably discharged on May 6, 1946.

After his tour of duty in the Navy, Dave continued his education at Washington University and Suffolk Law University in Boston, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Dave was employed as a CPA at the Slade Spice Company in Boston, MA and the Atwell Company in Cambridge, MA for many years before going to work at the U.S. Post Office in Woburn and North Reading until retirement.

Dave married Barbara Clifford of Brockton, MA on June 26, 1954, and they celebrated 45 years of marriage before her passing 10 years ago in 1999. Dave and Barbara moved to Wilmington in 1957 to raise their family. They also had a summer home on Drakes Island in Wells, Maine where they enjoyed many family gatherings and outings.

In his earlier years living in Wilmington, Dave was a “gentleman farmer”, grew vegetables and flowers, had an assortment of farm animals (cows, sheep, rabbits, chickens, horses, ponies) and bred, raised, and raced Standardbred sulky horses with his late friend, Charlie Green of Wilmington. Later in life, he spent his spare time going to the annual agricultural fairs, auctions and yard sales, following Boston sports teams, working on his family genealogy, playing the “Jumble” newspaper game, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with his family in New England and Colorado.

Dave was the devoted father of Paula Laine and husband Tapani of Berthoud, CO, Pamela Ward and husband Peter of Webster, MA, Myra Loiacano and husband Anthony of Essex, MA, Melissa Belair and husband Edward of Taunton, MA, David W. Jones, Jr. and his long time special friend Nancy Drown of Wells, ME, and Clifford Jones of Wilmington, MA.

Dave was grandfather of Cassandra and Andrew Ward, Aaron and Mark Loiacano, Sarah and Daniel Belair, David W. Jones III and his wife, Lyra and Travis Jones; brother of Mary Alice Gaidelis of Norton, MA and special friend of Charlotte Costa of Stoneham, MA; uncle of nephews, Robert “Robbie” Jones of Lancaster, MA, Theodore “Teddy” Gaidelis of Norton, MA and nieces, Joyce M. Jones of Methuen, MA, Debra L. Jones of Malden, MA, Mary Beth (Gaidelis) Putnam of Intervale, NH and Laura Wise of Chuluota, FL. He was preceded in death by his brothers, William Jones of Wilmington, MA, Robert Jones of Malden, MA, and Laurence Jones of Malden, MA.

Dave was a compassionate and caring person. In general, he showed his love and caring through doing things for others. He was always helping one of his children, family members, neighbors, his friends, friends of his children, mere acquaintances and even strangers. He welcomed anyone into his home for the holidays if they had no family to spend the holidays with and in general went out of his way for anyone that needed his help. He had a very good sense of humor and gatherings were filled with laughter and the occasional practical joke on someone. He will be sadly missed by everyone whose lives were touched by him. He was a wonderful person.

At Dave’s request, his funeral services will be private. Memorial donations in his name can be made to either charity which were two of Dave’s favorites: Mountain Outreach, Cumberland College, 6191 College Station Drive, Williamsburg, KY or American Indian Relief Council, P.O. Box 6200, Rapid City, SD, 57709.

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44 Entries in Guest Book for “Jones, David”

  1. Mim Smith says:

    Dear Paula,

    Ray & I want to extend our most sincere sympathy to you and Tapsa and to your entire family on the sudden loss of your Dad. It is a terrible thing to lose your parents, and think it is extremely difficult to face this sad loss at this particular time of year. We will be thinking of you all, and hope some healing to bring youo peace, can begin very soon.

    Mim & Ray Smith
    Rockport MA

  2. Charlie Fleming says:

    I am so sorry to learn that your father died on Christmas Eve.
    It was not too long ago I saw him at Lucci,s market doing some shopping.
    He lived a good life without illness.
    Like my mother he died quickly without notice. Harder on the survivors but better for them.
    Keep me posted
    Charlie Fleming

  3. MaryAlice Gaidelis says:

    Dave, I miss your kind face, and your shy, crooked smile.
    I miss how you’d call me and chat for a while.
    I miss your bad jokes and those stories you’d share,
    (It’s quieter now that you’re no longer calling me)
    And, those old songs you would sing….
    I’ll bet you think no one remembers those things,
    But, I do.

    I miss all the old tails you’d tell me of me grown up.
    Your cooking of fruit cocktail for holiday dinners.

    You proudly stood by as I made my entrance into your family
    And basked in the measure of praise I would speak of you as a father; instead of my brother.
    I saw your true soul in your kindness with family and friends.
    I’m sure you think I don’t remember those times,
    But I do

    I’m sorry for all the bad times that you had,
    And how at the end you were feeling so bad….
    The sun rises still, and the world carries on,
    I bet you think nobody cares …
    But…I do.

    Sometimes this old world is a cold, lonely place.
    I miss all the warmth of the laughter we shared
    The pleasure in having one true brother who cared
    Well, I’ll go on somehow.
    I guess you think nobody misses you now…
    But, I do.

    Sadly we lose a gentle footprint in the sand…

    With fond memories and condolence to your children and family,

    Ted and MaryAlice Gaidelis

  4. Joan Gallagher says:

    I shall remember both Dave and Barbara for their many hospitalities to me on my visits to their home. Our trip to Nova Scotia will be in my thoughts always. Barbara and Dave were long time friends as Barbara and I were college friends, and I was a member of their wedding. I shall miss Dave’s wonderful E-Mails. Peace to the family.

  5. Patricia Demirdjian says:

    Paula,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family during this most difficult time.

    Fondly,

    Pat

  6. Frank & Pat Laperriere says:

    Dave & family, our sincerest sympathies on the loss of you father. It is always hard to lose a loved one, but it is particularly painful at Christmastime. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Pat & Frank Laperriere

  7. Kathy Ingaharro says:

    Myra, Tony, Aaron and Mark
    I want to say how sorry I am on hearing of the sudden death of your father/grandfather. I never knew him but remember the stories you would tell about him. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

    Kathy Ingaharro

  8. Verna Tela says:

    Myra,
    I am so so sorry for you and your family especially at this time of the year. I met him once in Maine at your birthday party, and you use to talk about him at Wang Laboratories, I felt I already knew your parents. May peace be with you during the comming year. Prayers, Verna

  9. Donna Costa says:

    Melissa, Myra, Paula, Pam and brothers.
    I am so sorry that you lost your father at this time of year. My prayers are with all of you. Melissa and I had our cry on Saturday and I’m sure you will all have many more. As my pastor says during funeral masses at our church – “Be glad you had someone worth crying over”.
    Donna Costa (Ed’s Sister)

  10. Judi Fillis says:

    I want to express my sincere sympathy to my longtime best friend Paula and her family on the loss of their father.

    Dave aka Grumpy as he’s known on his emails, will be missed so much! He made me laugh and we’d have our political debates. I loved his jokes he would forward to me and his kind words and words of wisdom.

    I’m sure Barbara was there with open arms welcoming him to her on that special time of Christmas Eve.

    Rest in Peace Grumpy, you were special and you will be missed. It’s going to be a long time before I take the Christmas card down that you sent to me.

    Sincerely and with love,
    Judi Perry Fillis

  11. Michele, Nora & Nick says:

    Papa,

    Thank you so much for sharing your summer home with my family and treating us as such. We had such wonderful times. Those memories will live on with us forever. We will miss you!

  12. Eija Mäkelä says:

    Paula,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and Tapsa and to your entire family.

    Eija, Markku, Johanna, Jenni ja Janne
    Parola, Finland

  13. Ruth Voorhis says:

    Dear Paula,

    My heart goes out to you, and to all your family, for this great loss. I know how painful this must be for all of you, and you have my greatest sympathy. My hope is that your many good memories of this beloved father, and of his love and devotion for you, will help heal your sorrow.

    With my most loving thoughts,
    R.

  14. Bill & Donna Costa says:

    Dave’s Family

    Your Dad was a very kind and caring person, I was so glad my family got to know him. We are so sorry for your loss. We will all miss him very much.

    Bill & Donna Costa

  15. Ted Jr. & Mary Beth says:

    Paula, Pam, Myra, Melissa, Clifford, David Jr. & Grandchildren.

    So sorry to hear about your father’s (grandfather’s ) passing.

    Please accept our Heart felt sadness and condolences for your loss.

    Memories are made because of losses.

    Because you care, Because of your love, Your loss will be comforted

    in the arms of our LORD as he takes him by the hand.

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you learn to adapt and cope with this void in your life.

    We still cannot believe he is gone. We will miss him more than words can say.

    Uncle Dave was the kindest and most caring, sensitive Uncle anyone could ever have!!

    Love you Uncle Dave always and forever. Rest in Peace.

    Always in our hearts,

    Ted Gaidelis Jr. & MaryBeth Putnam

  16. Bonnie Green says:

    Dear Dave and family,
    I’m saddened to hear of your loss, it is hard to loose a loved one. My heart goes out to you in this time. My thoughts are with you.
    Bonnie Green

  17. Mark C. Serreze says:

    Paula, Pam, Myra Melissa, Clifford and David

    I will always fondly remember how, many years ago, we would all get together to watch the fireworks at Wells Beach on July 4th. Your Dad was a great guy and will be missed.

    Mark C. Serreze

  18. Helena Clifford says:

    My sympathy goes out to all the Jones’ upon Dave’s death. I feel sure if he was told many years ago that he would live an active life and die suddenly at the age of 85, he would have been pleased. Of course, the suddeness and the date–Christmas Eve–makes it doubly hard for all of you.

    I remember Dave’s pride in all his children and grandchildren and how in his retirement years he rejoiced in telling of his shopping prowess to find good deals for all the family. May he now rest in peace and may you find comfort in recalling happy occassions.
    Helena

  19. June Young says:

    Melissa,

    We were very saddened to hear of your father’s death. Please know that our deepest sympathy, and our prayers, are with you and all your family during this difficult time.

    Paul Bailey, June Young, Kristin Jones
    (Your friends at D&D)

  20. Viki Hicks says:

    Paula & Tapsa, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, David Jones. He seemed to be a special man. I’m so glad that you put us all in touch w/ him and you these last few years. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers the next few days. I am praying that God will give you His peace and comfort.
    Viki Hicks
    San Marcos, Tx.

  21. Debra Jones says:

    Paula, Pam, Myra, Melissa, Dave & Cliff:

    My thought and prayers are with you always. I am going to miss your Dad so much. Your Dad was more like a father to me than an uncle. I am going miss his laughter especially when he was teasing one of us. I am so thankful that I the pleasure of having such a wonderful and thoughtful uncle. Your dad and mom made my childhood a very pleasant one. I was really blessed to have them in my life. My love to all of you.

    Love Debbie

  22. Tuula Harju says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss of father. Please accept my condolences.
    Wishing you all the powers to take you thru time of sorrow.

  23. Joyce James says:

    Dear Paula and family

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

    Take comfort from all the wonderful memories you have and they will get you through.

    My love and heart goes out to you all.

    Joyce James
    England

  24. Joyce "Joey" Jones-Donnelly says:

    In a world where fitting into a mold is prized, Uncle Dave remained fiercely and proudly one of a kind. Sometimes that got him called unique, sometimes weird, but obviously it worked. In a world where it seems like so many families are dealing with children in crisis, my cousins, Paula, Pam, Myra, Melissa, Dave Jr, and Cliff grew up to be good people and parents to their own children.

    In remembering Uncle Dave, a flood of childhood memories rush in. A feisty fireplug of a man throwing around railroad ties to make a “fort”, being sent out to pick weeds, love of fun and practical jokes, eagle claw, all the animals, the bunny coop, going to Duncan’s beach with a bucket of warm potato chips.

    In recent years, I’m going to miss our hundreds and hundreds of emails talking about our shared love of genealogy, taxes and our Jumble competitions. Our trip this fall up to Newcastle, Maine to see family records, artifacts and graves going back to the 1700’s is something I’ll always treasure.

    Although my heart is breaking for myself and my cousins and their families, Uncle Dave lived life as he chose and when death came, it was quick and while he was still independent. Our loss is his beloved late wife, Barbara’s gain. I can almost hear them giggling now.

    All his loved ones are in my prayers,

    Love, Joey

  25. betty says:

    dear mellisa and family, so sorry about your dad and grandpa. mellisa u r a very dear friend and have helped me out alot if there is ever anything u or your family need please dont hesitate to call me. Betty

  26. "ged"clifford serreze says:

    My love and prayers to all the Jones family. I was maid of honor at his and Barbara’s wedding and he was an usher at mine. So many memories over the years. My heart goes out to all of you. “Ged”

  27. Laura Wise says:

    My sincere thoughts and prayers to the Jones family for the loss of their father, grandfather, uncle and friend. Uncle David will be in my heart for the help and understanding he gave me when I needed it the most.

    You are in God’s peaceful world now.
    Laura

  28. Christine, Allyssa and Justin says:

    Our thoughts and prays are with the Jones Family This holiday season and after.Melissa you know I am hear for you if you need me anytime of day or night.

    Lots of Love, Christine,Allyssa and Justin

  29. Susan Bensen says:

    Paula, Pam, Myra, Melissa, Dave and Clifford,
    My deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. He was always very kind to me and a very funny man. He will be deeply missed.
    I will always have wonderful memories of Maine and my visits with your family.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  30. Timo and Tuulikki Laine says:

    Paula, our deepest sympathy to you and Tapsa and to your entire family.

    Timo and Tuulikki Laine
    Finland

  31. Phyllis Turner says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Jones family for their loss of there dad. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting him my daughter Nancy felt he was a very special dad to his family and a special friend to all that knew him and I know he will be greatly missed.

  32. Charlotte Costa says:

    To the Jones family -

    My heartfelt sympathy and condolences to you on the sudden loss of your father. My thoughts of Dave will always be of a gentleman, a compassionate man, a caring friend and a man with strong love for his family. No one has been a better friend to me these past few years.

    Our relationship dates back to college days and then renewed itself the last few years. Jokingly he referred to himself as my special friend and “caretaker”. No man was ever respected more than by my family for the many things he did for me and the caring that he showed. A man with attributes too long to mention, but there are many more. I can honestly say he has been my best friend, very supportive during trying times.

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dave’s family at many functions and they were very friendly. Dave met my family as well, and they got along well. I will carry all these memories with me forever.

    To Dave, my dear friend -

    There were times that I felt you didn’t realize how much you meant to me and how much you made the last few years a pleasure and left me with special memories.

    You will always be in my heart, thoughts and, above all, my memories.

    All my love,
    Charlotte

  33. Nanci (Rybinski) Moore says:

    I have never known you personally, David…. but you are in our family tree. I am proud that you have been involved in my family history and hope that the involvment continues……To all Family, Friends, and Relations….my deepest condolences. Please… I want the history to continue.
    Sincerely,
    Nanci (Rybinski) Moore

  34. Kathie Jackson says:

    I was so surprised to hear of the passing of sweet “Grumpy”. I found it hard to call him that since I felt he never lived down to the title. Very quickly I realized that any time spent with him was not wasted and left wishing there were more opportunities to enjoy his company.

    I am the daughter of an old friend David met during the war years. Paula helped him search for my mother and made contact just a year after she died. It was such a blessing to meet him on a trip
    to Boston a few years ago. We stayed in touch via email since then and hoped to visit again one day.

    I know all his family feel a tremendous loss. I hope you will have many bittersweet days as you laugh and cry over the memories left behind. I feel blessed to have known him.

    Kathie Turner Jackson
    Perryton, Texas

  35. Joan Gallagher says:

    Paula, Melissa, Myra and all the Jones family.

    As a final entry for Dave, I shall keep on my computer his last two e-mails to me dated December 20. 2009. One was a Christmas card which truly identifies the real meaning of Christmas, and the second is one entitled “The law is the law”. It is very much about out government and what holidays should really mean. I have sent it on to my friends as I think it sends an important message. I never knew what to expect in his e-mails, as some were funny, and at times he kidded me about being from West Virginia. I shall miss these e-mails, but I am so glad that Dave and Barbara were my friends. Love and peace to all the Jones family in the coming year.

  36. Sara Haas says:

    Paula,
    I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I enjoyed meeting him a few years ago at Christmas. I know this is going to be a very hard time for you, Tapsa and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Sincerely, Sara

  37. Eeva Anttila, Timo Honkanen, Tony and Suvi Honkanen says:

    Dear Paula and Tapani,
    We are so very sad to hear about your father’s passing. We were thinking about you a lot during Christmas time, and imagining your beautiful decorated house with candles and so much warmth that you always create around you. We had no idea about the sorrow that you suddenly faced and are still dealing with, for a long time. We all wish you lots of strength during these difficult times, our warmest wishes and thoughts are with you. Love, Eeva and family

  38. Aleta Bilodeau says:

    Myra,
    I can only imagine how sad these days have been & will be. I’ll always remember the things we would say about both our parents so many years ago….
    You know your parents are together again & will still watch over you & your family.. So tho sad you are now, the laughter will return when you’re thinking about or see something that reminds you of the wonderful things in the years you shared as a family or alone.
    Thinking of you always,
    Aleta

  39. MaryAlice Jones Gaidelis says:

    Dave, We can never replace you
    we can though think of you
    as we ponder your memory and then
    with fond remembrances over and over again
    we smile . . .that indeed you were once here with us
    alongside us with one another we stood and things were truly better then
    better with you, then without you but we had you once for days, months, years for hours and seconds and now simply gone . . . we seek your presence to no avail we look in the strangest of places
    in the recesses of our minds and the innermost chambers of our hearts
    we search and you fade we search and you continuously fade
    You will always be in my heart, thoughts and, above all, my memories.
    God Bless you..
    My love, prayers and heartfelt condolences goes out to you all of the Jones family
    MaryAlice

  40. June Gillis says:

    So sorry to learn of your father’s death. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

  41. Dick & Helen OConnor says:

    Very sorry to hear of Daves death..He will be missed as a Drakes Island resident. Sincere sorrow for his family and friends…Helen and Dick OConnor

  42. Mark West says:

    To whom it may concern, Dave used to work with me at the N.Reading Post Office. I live in Wilmington and used to see him around town. I will miss him. I am sorry for your loss. Sincerely Mark West

  43. Judy and Kennedy Corley says:

    Our condolences to Dave’s family and friends. He was a distant cousin, and though we never had the privilege to meet him, we are lucky to have his sister MaryAlice and his daughter Paula in our lives. Through them, we know that he was a kind, caring and gentle man. God bless.

  44. Tracy Ragsdale says:

    Paula,

    We are sorry we did not get a chance to meet your father when he visited Colorado. He sounded like a terrific person. Our condolences to you and your family. May time and the beautiful memories you have help heal your sorrow. Tracy and Alan

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