GLOUCESTER- Thomas Francis Jones, age 69, died January 15 in Danvers.
He was born in Lawrence on October 29, 1948, the only child of Francis and Eleanor (Hoey) Jones. In 1952 his parents built a cottage on a hill at Coffin's Beach, and he grew up spending his summers there where he formed lifelong friendships. At an early age he owned a small motorboat that he operated out of a marina in Jones Creek. When he wasn't selling lobsters for 50 cents a pound or delivering the Herald to people up and down the beach, he spent his time out on the water. In the late sixties, while working on his business degree, he worked at Louis Boston and became the manager there for several years before becoming the New England Sales Representative for Mighty-Mac Out O' Gloucester. He remained in the apparel manufacturers industry until the time of his death; the past 30 years as the Northeast Representative for Marüshka out of Grand Haven, Michigan. In 1977 he married Moira McKenzie, and they raised their children, Kyle and Jillian, on Wheeler's Point, where they lived for 36 years before moving to the beach year-round two years ago. Tom's happiest times were spent out on the water with his family and friends, and the memories that they made there will be cherished by all of them. His boating prowess was matched only by his culinary talent. He expressed his appreciation for those he loved by preparing meals that were as inspired as they were delicious.
Tom leaves behind his wife, Moira; his son, Kyle Thomas Jones, and his wife, Suzanne Salgado, of Washington, D.C.; his daughter, Jillian McKenzie French, her husband, Tyler French, and his grandson, Grayson Thomas French, of South Hamilton. There will be a celebration of Tom's life at St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, on Saturday, February 3, at 10:30 a.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. Donations may be made in his name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, or any other worthy cancer-fighting cause.
Published on January 19, 2018