Thomas F. Jones

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Thomas F. Jones

October 29, 1948 - January 15, 2018

Thomas F. Jones 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
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Pamela Wadach Jacobson
Jan 20, 2019
Dearest Moira, I am terribly sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of you and Tom from your early days together. Wishing you love, comfort and peace.
Ken vecchia
Jan 10, 2019
So sorry to hear. Worked with Tom at Louis Boston, and many laughs.A great guy.
Julia Cook and Adrien Yvon
Feb 02, 2018
My husband Adrien and I had the great pleasure of spending Thanksgiving 2016 with Kyle and Suzanne and their families. That night, we were especially touched by the warmth of Kyle’s parents, Tom and Moira. We had a great night filled with talks of cooking, boating, and the beloved family dog. That night holds a special place in our hearts, accompanied with fond memories of the delicious ham and espresso martinis Tom prepared. His culinary talents cannot be overstated. Adrien and I felt very lucky to have been invited into such a loving family that evening. We feel great sadness for you all during this difficult time but send our love and strength.
Eliot & Anne Tucker
Feb 02, 2018
This picture of Tom is the essence of who he was, on his boat traversing the open ocean. Tom would entertain us with harbor tours, sand dune picnics with, of course, tossing a football back and forth. Then we would head back to Tom and Moira's home for one of Tom's creative and original seafood meals, always delicious. Tom and Moira and eight other of us have a dine around group where we alternate who hosts the dinner each season. When it was the Jones's turn it was always the anticipated of all dinners. Anne and I were also lucky enough to be invited to their rental cottage on Isleboro off the coast of Maine. And we reciprocated by having them stay with us at our rental on Linekin Bay. Tom ...and Maine were a perfect match for each other.
You are missed dearly "Jonsey".... Eliot & Anne
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Karen Roller
Jan 23, 2018
I was so sorry to hear about Tom. He was always so helpful in choosing great items for our store. He was such a non stress kind of guy and talked and listened to me about retail issues and Cape Ann. I really enjoyed seeing him at each show. He will be very missed in his apparel family. My condolences to Moira and family.
Pervez & Vimala
Jan 23, 2018
The way we remember courtesy Eliot
Pervez and Vimala Mohammed
Jan 22, 2018
Tom will be remembered as a friend, a man of few words with fantastic culinary skills and extraordinary fortitude. We were blessed and honored to meet him one last time before he passed... and what a smile he left with us as we said our good byes!
Tom, you came into our life relatively recently and it was a joy to meet each time we did...especially at your home with your fabulous seafood preparations! Be at peace, friend. Love from both of us.
The Mezgers and Family
Jan 21, 2018
For Tom
We sailed the Mediterranean Sea.
You where our ‘Hornblower’ on the ‘Redwing’ when we had to find our way through the heavy fog in the Penobscot Bay.
We hiked up Tuscan hills together explored Caribbean islands and cruised the windy canals in Southern France.
All our wonderful, unforgettable adventures – the four of us or with our children.
‘Sleep over’ on the boat at Cranes or a mystery night on Thatcher’s Island.
All the summers on Wheelers Pt. You where our Captain giving us a ride to the beaches or spoiling us at night with a terrific dinner. The list of memories is endless. We are grateful that we could share all these amazing moments with you.
We miss you.
..., Ellen, Lisa with Andy and the Kids, Caro and TonciRead more
Alan Janette Amy Anna Martindell ( Moira’s cousin) Liverpool England
Jan 20, 2018
We will always remember our stay with Tom and Moira for our honeymoon and the laughter, care and wonderful food that made us so welcome, especially the lobster! Tom always had a smile and sharp wit for any situation, encouraging us pastie Brits to swim in the North Atlantic in summer from his boat when visiting with a college friend. It was cold! I know his Aunt-in-law Barbara held a special place in her heart for all her nieces and nephews families and loved having them visit. I still have my ‘for best’suit in the Louis suit bag from 1981. Deepest condolences and prayers for Moira, Kyle Jillian and families.
Mike Martindell
Jan 20, 2018
We remember Tom as very energetic, kind, and as landlubbers, we were very impressed by his boat skills. We came from England and stayed with Tom and Moira in the early 2000s for a few days and still clearly remember Gloucester, buying lobsters, the people, the waterside and its many boats of all sizes.
Tom took us out to sea on a shark watch, and we did get to see a big one, although I recall it was just a basking shark. Hot days but cold seawater!
Tom was a great guy and had dry kind of humour that I liked. Moira and Tom were great to be with and we send our condolences to Moira, and to Kyle and Gillian.
Mike (Moira's cousin), and Maureen. Cambridge England.
Diane Chiofaro and family
Jan 20, 2018
We are so very sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. I have know Tommy all my life...he was a wonderful and caring man and best friend of my brother, Derry. Over the past two years we have watched Tom and Moira repair and renew their beach house. Together they made the house a home..with the white picked fence, new paint, Xmas decorations, new windows, yard work....all done by Tommy and Moira....Two peas in a pod.
There are many memories we have... being our friends for about 60 years.
We send our condolences and our love to Moira, Kyle, and Jillian and their families.
Diane, Don, and our family.