John Andrew Owen Jones, loving husband and father of two children, passed away peacefully at the age of 79 on Thurs. Sept. 12, 2019.
Andrew Jones was born on Feb.11, 1940 in Cardigan, Ceredigion (Wales) and was raised in a Welsh-speaking farming community.
He attended school in the town of Cardigan and as a youth was involved in sport at all levels.
In 1958, his athletic talents earned him the honour of running the baton with the Queen’s message for the Commonwealth Games.
He attended the College of Physical Education in Cardiff, Wales and taught for four years in Oxford, England, prior to immigrating to Canada in 1967.
As a life-long learner, he attended Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
After teaching in the Okanagan for a short time, Mr. Jones tried his hand at mining for copper before taking a position in Yellowknife teaching at the Correctional Institute.
Here, he sang with the Welsh choir, Nevar, a highlight being a command performance for the HRH Prince Charles.
He met his wife and ‘stabilizing force’ Susan Jones (nee Kunetsky) in Yellowknife where they married in April 1972.
The family relocated in 1977 to Stettler, Alta. where Mr. Jones taught at Wm E. Hay.
He continued his own education taking a Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and served as local ATA president in 1983.
He pioneered and was principal of the Outreach School and enjoyed his time there for seven years prior to retiring.
Mr. Jones was called out of retirement for a period of time and further enjoyed his work with youth.
His ability to help others see the very best in themselves in combination with his gentle and good-humoured approach made him an educator to be admired.
Always active in the community, Andrew Jones was initiated to the Masonic Temple on Jan. 18, 1996; passed on Feb. 15, 1996; raised Mar. 21, 1996.
He served as the Master of Apollo Lodge from 2003 to 2004. Jones was an active Shriner and also a 32-degree Scottish Rite Mason.
He enjoyed taking part in the Welsh Societies of Edmonton and Calgary, reading and teaching Welsh with friends and listening to Welsh music.
He often travelled back to Wales and is fondly remembered there.
John Andrew Owen Jones is survived by Susan, his loving wife of 47 years, their son Ceri and his fiancée Elsa, their daughter Kathryn and her husband John, and their grandchildren, Ellie and Owen.
He is also survived by his favourite cousin Susan, cousin David, cousin Jon, brother-in-law George (Marilyn), sister-in-law Jean and numerous relations, nieces and nephews and friends from Wales, Australia and Canada.
He is predeceased by his parents, Captain John Owen-Jones and Muriel Stephen Jones, his sister Elizabeth and brother Huw.
A celebration of life for the late John Andrew Owen Jones will be held on Sat., Sept. 28, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Stettler Funeral Home, Stettler, Alta.
Donations in memory may be made to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation, Intensive Care Unit or a charity of the donor’s choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, P.O. Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422, who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.