Gary Jones

Born: Fri., Mar. 4, 1955
Died: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019


Funeral Service


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 04, 2019
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home


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Gary “Jonesy” Jones, a well known and respected
figure in the community passed away at home on November
1, 2019 after a short illness.
Gary was born to Robert and Francis Jones, the
oldest of three brothers and two
sisters.
He was a 1973 graduate of Harborcreek
High School.
Gary was known for his professional
talent in carpentry as well
as his avocations in stained and
beach glass creations. He also
was the founder and creator of
“Jones’ys barbeque sauce which is
well known, particularly in north
western Pennsylvania.
Gary was a man of diverse interests outside of his
profession including community activities, sports
and creative hobbies. He was a dedicated member of
Crescent Hose for nearly 40 years and served as Cherry
Festival Chairman for many years. His dedication
to the community was second to none, especially his
commitment to the North East Fire Department. As
such, he was honored to have been chosen as Grand
Marshal of the 2019 Cherry Festival Parade.
During the fall football season, Gary could be depended
on to supply the North East Little Gridders
with BBQ sandwiches with his legendary BBQ sauce.
He was also renowned for his homemade five alarm
habanero pepper sauce and homemade tomato juice
which was an anticipated annual event. Gary was a
tenacious golfer and enjoyed playing cards with honorary
firemen and friends.
His favorite vacation for many years was an annual
trip to northern Ontario where he practiced the
fine art of relaxation, unsuccessful fishing, playing
cribbage and hiking. He also enjoyed frequent trips to
Chambersburg to visit his daughter and granddaughter.
It is difficult to encapsulate the life of a person such
as Gary into a few paragraphs, but in essence he was
a dedicated father, grandfather, husband, fireman,
skilled craftsman, entrepreneur, friend to many and
just an all around great guy.
He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure
of knowing him.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa Galbraith; his
daughter Kimberly (Andy) Mills and granddaughter,
Kayla. He is further survived by his mother; brothers
Tim (Darci), Steve (Jodi) and Mike (Rebecca); sisters
Linda (Paul) and Sandy (Brian); and many nieces and
nephews.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral
Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Monday,
November 4th from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
North East Fire Department or Community Nursing
Services of North East.

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