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JONES: Richard Alexander "Dick" was born on June 10, 1918 to Alexander and Leonora Jones in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was raised in Arnaud, Manitoba and attended elementary school there. He took high school at Dominion City, Manitoba and then apprenticed as an Automotive Mechanic, being the third person in the province to receive certification, and was licensed in 1939. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 and served overseas with the Lord Strathcona's Horse from 1941 -1946 in Britain, Italy and Northwest Europe. He returned home in January 1946 and was married on February 2 to Ethel Reynolds of the Dand/Hartney district. After a number of years as a Ford dealer in both Ontario and Manitoba, he joined Ford of Canada as a District Service Representative and later, as a District Manager. Leaving Ford in 1961, he developed a technical and vocational training school in Brandon, Manitoba and subsequently became the first President of Assiniboine Community College. After ten years at ACC, he joined the office of the Assistant Deputy Minister of College and University Affairs and later took over Management Development for the Province of Manitoba. He was forced into retirement in 1978 due to ill health. Dick was not one to sit still, even in retirement. He loved to travel and spend time with family, so he and Ethel were able to visit Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and most of Canada as well as much of the United States. They moved into Lions Manor in 1989 and were there until August 2008. Their final home was Fairview Personal Care Home where Dick passed away on March 1, 2009. He is survived by Ethel, his wife of 63 years; his four sons: Rick (Anita), Wayne (Barbara), Ted(Margaret), Greg (Elizabeth); grandchildren: Rich, Cobi, Robert, Bill and Sandy and their spouses; great-grandchildren: Zachary, Micah, Jennadee, Noah, Kyra, Justin, Kailey, Michael, Madison and Kale. The Ceremony to Celebrate Richard's Life was held at Memories Chapel, on Thursday, March 5, 2009. Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiated. A private interment was held in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Richard may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made atwww.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
As published in Brandon Sun on Mar 07, 2009
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