Joseph Arthur “Art” JONES
J. Arthur ( Art ) JONES
Feb 4, 1928 – Apr 30, 2023
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, J. Arthur Jones, passed from this world just as he had lived his life – peacefully and with great dignity – with loving family at his side.
Art is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years, Jennie; his children Alan (Kathy) Jones, Brenda (Dennis) Hanson, Barb Courtney, Larry (Gwen) Jones and Shelley (Ray) Guidinger; his beloved grandchildren, Heather (Trevor), Lisa (Jon), Sarah (Kyle), Jeff (Teresa), Darren, Breanna, Robb, Taylor (Hanson), Kaitlin, Carla (Matt) and Brent (Kristy) and 12 great-grandchildren. Art also had the good fortune of extended family including 7 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Art was born in Lloydminster where his family had settled as Barr Colonists in 1903. He was part of a hard-working and fun-loving family. He excelled in school, but his education was interrupted at age 15 with the death of his father and Art left school to support his mother and younger brother.
Art married Jennie Johansen in 1951. After the birth of their five children, the family
transferred to Edmonton. In 1975, Art and Jennie purchased an acreage near Onoway and commuted to work in Edmonton – Art at the Edmonton Real Estate Board and Jennie at the Misericordia Hospital where she had returned to nursing. They lived on the acreage for 40 years, entertaining countless family and friends on so many occasions, with Art displaying his mastery of the barbecue. During their time on the acreage, true to their roots, they raised many and various animals and maintained an expansive garden. They also travelled in their RV
throughout the United States and Canada with close friends. They relocated to St. Albert in 2015.
Over the years, Art had been employed by the CPR and several oil/mining companies. His career of choice was in real estate, and he retired in 1993 as Executive Vice President of the Edmonton Real Estate Board. He subsequently managed their Charitable Foundation for five years on a part-time basis. Art is also remembered as an excellent and entertaining public speaker.
Service to others, especially the less fortunate, was a high priority, and Art was very involved in the community including service clubs, fraternal organizations, youth activities and social groups. Art was past National President and a Life Member of Kinsmen, a Canadian Centennial Medal recipient, past Grand Master of Masons Alberta, a member of Patricia Lodge #91 and the Al Shamal Shriners Club. He was also a Charter Member and on the Board of the Rio Terrace Moravian Church while in Edmonton.
As a father, Art passed on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility – often underpinned by his trademark humour – and his children and extended family feel honoured and proud to have had such a leader in their lives. Apart from being the Jones patriarch, Art was a loyal friend to many – a good listener who took a genuine interest in people and was kind and welcoming to all.
Art did the daily crossword puzzle and read the Journal cover to cover until shortly before his passing. He kept updated on current events, politics and sports and enjoyed a good chat on any subject.
Life’s Work – Exceptionally Well Done!
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Albert Alliance Church, 200 Villenueve Road, St. Albert, AB.
Should friends so desire, a donation may be made to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation or the University Hospital Foundation.