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David Jones

David William Claude Jones

Monday, October 1st, 1934 - Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
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Obituary

David W C Jones
October 1st 1934 – May 12th 2020

It is with sadness that we announce the death of David William Claude Jones. He was pre-deceased by his wife Ann and brother John (Daphne). He is survived by his partner Frances, his daughter Vivienne (and her sons Kai and Riley), his son Adrian (and his son Tyler) and extended family Guy Hollington (Pamela) and Bruce Hollington (Deb).

David was born in Wimbledon, England and spent the war years in Wales. He was a runner and avid soccer player in his early years. He was ordained into the Baptist Ministry in Bristol in 1962 and was a minister of a church in Halstead Essex. In 1965 he immigrated to Ontario where he was employed as a Counsellor with the Federal Government and transferred to Vancouver in 1975. He got up before dawn twice a week to swim for many years, before and after back surgery.

David loved to sing and sang baritone with the Gentlemen of Fortune chorus performing regularly and participating in national and international competitions and sang with the choir at First Baptist Church in Vancouver. He enjoyed his cabin in Egmont and he and Frances traveled extensively, frequently to reacquaint with family and friends in the UK but also to the US, Eastern Canada, Egypt, South Africa and Costa Rica.
David remained active in retirement continuing to sing barbershop, teaching a stained glass workshop, making wine and beer and adventuring into bowl turning. Later he took up lawn bowling, darts and pottery and attempted to learn the Ukulele. He was well recognized by his bushy eyebrows and ready smile.

We shall miss David’s gentle personality and kind heart. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the David Suzuki Foundation or to a charity of your choice.
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Margaret Sykes

Posted at 06:10pm
I was so sorry to hear about David's passing,I worked with Dave when he was our security guard at Hasting Racecourse, we solved many a crossword puzzle when it was slow, David was missed when he retired, we loved his gentle ways and his accent. Had lots of fun. You are in my prayers.
Margaret Sykes
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Peter Lissett

Posted at 03:24pm
David was truly a gentle man, a gentleman. We commuted in the "North Shore carpool" to Gentlemen of Fortune weekly rehearsals, barbershop competitions and to the many performances over so many Christmases. We sang together in Valentines quartets. Great times! Well remembered. I so regret not being in touch with him in the last year or two. Condolences to Frances and his family.
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Elizabeth Smith

Posted at 02:45pm
Dear Family, I knew David through First Baptist church choir and he was a very congenial, friendly man. He loved to sing and laugh and was loved by all, he is greatly missed! May God comfort you and grant you His peace at this difficult time. Elizabeth Smith.
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andrew mason

Posted at 02:00pm
I met David about five years ago in the Capilano Chorus which he had joined after singing in the Gentlemen of Fortune. I found him to be a quiet and gentle soul with a good sense of humour. A friend of mine wanted to form a barbershop quartet and Dave joined us with his great baritone voice. We sang for about two years most weekends until Covid 19 arrived and then sadly David's ill health put an end to that group. We enjoyed David's company, his cheery smile and his sound baritone voice. He is greatly missed. We would like to thank Frances for driving Dave to our quartet practices and for her marvelous muffins and for later providing the tea when she hosted the event. We extend our condolences to Frances and the family. Andrew and Midge Mason
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Madeline Mattson

Posted at 01:43pm
Hello Frances and family.

Just wanted to pass along my sincerest condolences upon hearing the news of David's passing.
He was a kind and gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humour. He was always smiling and made us laugh many times in our fitness class. We will all miss him very much.

Madeline
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