Condolence & Memory Journal

I met John Jones at Quinsigamond Community College. Worcester State Club Football team practiced on their athletic field. John asked a hundred questions! He was curious. He wanted to know what kind on program we were running? What were our goals? What was I all about? At that time, we were in our third year of Club Football with the goal of going to Division 3. John loved talking football! My challenge to him, was to come to Worcester State and get involved. That he did!

John brought a passion for the game, contagious energy and a depth of football knowledge that impressed me. John's mark was profound and lasting.

John joined the team, he started as offensive guard and middle linebacker and controlled those positions for four years. John dominated any position he was asked. In his four year career, he grew as a leader becoming Team Captain for two years

He brought knowledge, intensity and love of the game to the next level of dedication at Worcester State . He joined the coaching staff after graduation, He had a great football mind.. We spent hours talking Xs and Os,, coaching strategies and teaching techniques John was always a good student and willing to learn more. He was quick to ask how?' and why? He made me a better teacher, coach and man. He was a gift to me and to our club.

Opportunity took John in another direction but never away from his support of the Club. He joined the City of Worcester Health Department that began an impressive career. His leadership skills, work ethic, and dedication to purpose made him quickly rise in his department but he managed to find time to do some scouting for his team. He never slacked on his dedication and involvement. He never said no to anything I asked on behalf of his team.

We all knew John the manloved him for his commitment, loyalty and friendship.

Our thanks to you Jonesy,

Coach Jim Girouard.

Posted by Coach Jim Girouard - Plymouth,, MA - Friend   October 30, 2020

Nicest guy I ever meet

Posted by Brian Beriau - Worcester, MA - Friend   October 23, 2020

My condolences to Doris and John's family for their loss. John was a great man. I was one of his coaches at Worcester State and then we were assistant coaches together at State. He certainly loved football. Always fun to meet John open a beer and talk football. Bod Bless.

Posted by Robert Carney - Falmouth, MA   October 10, 2020

Jonesy - I had some good times with you at Chandler Field and playing with you at Herbie’s. You were one tough but nice guy and will be missed by so many.

Clayton, NC

Posted by Dave Graham - Friend   October 09, 2020

Jonesy - I had some good times with you at Chandler Field and playing with you at Herbie’s. You were one tough but nice guy and will be missed by so many.

Clayton, NC

Posted by Dave Graham - Friend   October 09, 2020

I am very

I am sorry for your loss. I worked for John during Snow he was the supervisor,and one of the best. R.I.P. my friend Charlie B Water dept ret.

Posted by A friend   October 09, 2020

Anyone that knew John ,knew he was a "good guy". Always content , living for the moment. He had such a personality that made you feel welcomed. love you John ....Jay and Bonnie

Posted by Bonnie Hopkins - New Ipswich, NH - Friend   October 09, 2020

You were always a true and good man! Smile on your face and always a good thing to say about everyone!! I'll miss you Jonesey!!

Posted by ROBERT A RASLAVSKY - Friend   October 08, 2020

Justine and Family, I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your Brother John. Please accept my condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

Posted by Gary Hawkesworth - Henderson, NV - friend   October 08, 2020

To the Jones Family
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Jonesey.
What a great guy and a fierce competitor on the football field.
Brought a smile to the faces of many at WSC and after.

Posted by Jack Riordan - Worcester, MA - Friend   October 07, 2020

Sorry to hear of John's passing. He was great man, teammate and friend.

Posted by Bill Mattrick - Grafton, MA - Friend   October 07, 2020

To the Jones Family
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Jonesey. I remember him from WSC as a classmate and he was a tough football player on the team. Helped me out when we was with the city code enforcement. Always remember his help.
Jack Riordan

Posted by Jack Riordan - Worcester, MA - Acquaintance   October 07, 2020

To the Jones Family
My deepest condolences on the passing of “Jonesey.”
Remember him from WSC in his college days. Helped me out when he was with Worcester Health and Code Dept.
Great guy as others have stated.

Posted by Jack Riordan - Friend   October 07, 2020

My sincere condolences to Doris and the entire Jones family.
Jonesy was a salt of the earth man and always fun to be around. We used to ride around in his big old white Cadillac in high school. His list of lifelong high school friends brings back many good memories of some very good athletes and all great guys.
RIP John

George Bergin
Westford, MA

Posted by George Bergin - Friend   October 07, 2020

Sorry to hear of John's passing, he was great to work with. He will be missed. Rest In Peace JMJ.

Posted by Beatrice Owusu - Worcester, MA - Coworker   October 07, 2020

It was a pleasure to know and play football for Jonesy at Worcester State, The word “solid” comes to mind.

Posted by Mike Vigeant - Acquaintance   October 07, 2020

Jody, I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your Brother John. Please accept my condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

Posted by Gary Hawkesworth - Friend   October 06, 2020

I am sorry to read of John's passing. I worked with John and always admired his quiet, resourceful manner that used to protect the public health.

Joe McCarthy
Moultonboro, NH

Posted by Joseph mccarthy - Coworker   October 06, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by paul joseph - Teacher   October 06, 2020

My condolences to the Jones family. Rest In Peace Johnny, My fellow Blue Angel offensive lineman! You will be missed. One of the nicest guy’s I’ve know!

Posted by David Chase - Friend   October 06, 2020

So sorry to hear of this great loss, John was such a nice guy to work with, he will be missed, thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Doreen Ciuffredo - Millbury, MA   October 06, 2020

My sincere sympathies to the Jones Family on Johnny”s passing. I met Johnny at the Manor one day, he knew my whole family, we became instant friends. My lady and I would look for Johnny at the Manor on Sundays to sit with him and watch the Pat’s. We moved from Worcester and we had not seen him for a few years. we really liked Johnny very much. John was just one of those people you could walk right up to with nothing to say but in 5 minutes time you had just made a friend. God rest his soul. Peace and loving memories to his family.

Posted by Fred Potenti, Brimfield - Friend   October 06, 2020

Jonesy was the type of guy you could go years without seeing and it didn’t matter. He was always the same gregarious, good guy who would have you laughing in minutes. Never met anyone who didn’t like Johnny Jones. John will be missed by all the friends and teammates whose lives he touched in so many ways. Taken far too soon

Posted by Rich Williamson - Friend   October 05, 2020

Such a good and decent guy- who possessed all of the qualities of what is right about “a guy from Worcester”
Though we weren’t particularly close friends- I was always happy to run into him. We worked together for many years -“just a great human being”
I will miss you “Johnny Jones.”

Posted by Jody Kennedy Valade - Coworker   October 05, 2020

RIP Jonesey.
I'll never forget his calm, quiet strength and quick wit..
The only thing that surpassed Jonesey's great reputation on the athletic field, was his greater reputation as a friend.

Posted by Earl Bernier - Friend   October 05, 2020

I will miss you John. We had some good times. RIP my friend. My condolences to Doris and your family.

Posted by William Horan - Worcester, MA - Friend   October 05, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. Stay strong

Posted by Judy Desroches    October 05, 2020

Great friend who I could always count on for friendship and support.

Posted by Phil Salmon - Worcester, MA - Friend   October 05, 2020

John was the epitome of a great guy, a tenacious teammate and football player at WSU with a great sense of humor and infectious laugh. To John's family and friends and teammates, we have truly lost a good human being. RIP John, you are missed.

Posted by David Cawley - Atlanta, GA   October 05, 2020

Doris and family, our deepest sincere sympathy and love to you, Joyce &Vinny Berube, Sutton, Ma

Posted by Joyce Berube - Sutton, ma, MA   October 05, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. John was a very special person to work with. RIP John

Posted by Esther Hazzard - Worcester, MA - Coworker   October 04, 2020

Johnny was a great friend and Coworker he will be missed by all Who knew him. RIP

Posted by Paul DiBenedetto - Coworker   October 04, 2020

God gain another wonderful angel, so glad I met u In my lifetime. Rest in peace.

Posted by Ellie Aguiar - Sebring, FL - Family Friend   October 03, 2020

I'm heartbroken with the loss of a teammate and a friend. My thoughts are with John and his family.

Posted by Steven Ward - Worcester, MA - Friend   October 03, 2020

Great co-worker, better friend!!! Sorry to hear of John's passing. He will be greatly missed. RIP my friend.

Posted by Richard Bonofiglio - Pittsburgh, PA - Friend   October 03, 2020

Doris and family,
Someone who departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds. Please accept my condolences!

Posted by Linda Belliveau    October 03, 2020