|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1919|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 2010|
ESSEX, Conn. — Howland B. Jones Jr., beloved husband of Betsy Jones, died peacefully in Essex, Conn., on April 18, 2010.
He was born in New York City on Oct. 21, 1919, to Howland B. Jones and Margaret Jones of New York and Rumson, N.J. Howland, known as "Jonesy," was a mechanical engineer, educated at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
During World War II, he served in the Army Signal Corps teaching radar system analysis. At the end of the war, he shipped out to Manila where he was responsible for assembling radio components that transmitted the surrender of Japan to the mainland United States.
After the war, Jonesy worked for Reaction Motors Inc., a subcontractor to the Navy, on the development of the X-series rocket engines and continued with rocket development at the Jet Propulsion Department of Princeton University.
His other accomplishments included development of one of the first backup alarms for trucks and the design and production of the first consumer tide clock. His last commercial venture was a small broadcast radio station on Cape Cod for which he installed all the equipment and later became the general manager and owner. He loved "doing everything," from spinning the discs, selling advertising, reading the news, developing the programming and building this very community-oriented business.
Jonesy was an avid yachtsman and dedicated member of the Cruising Club of America since 1961, and served as rear commodore of the Boston Station. In 2002, his unstinting electrical and mechanical help to his fellow yachtsmen earned him the title of Chief Engineer of the Boston Station.
His yachting career spanned nearly 60 years and always included his wife, Betsy, on fine wooden boats, including two Murray Peterson classics, "Coaster" and "Silver Heels," and "Hawksbill," a 56' Alden Motor Sailor. Their yachting resume included 37 roundtrips from their house on Cape Cod to the Bahamas, two cruises around Newfoundland, the Great Lakes, by way of the Hudson River, and everywhere in between. They also joined sailing buddies in far away places including the British Isles, the Mediterranean, New Zealand, Fiji, and Antarctica.
From age 18 till his 50s, Jonesy was a volunteer fireman. He was also a HAM radio operator for more than 60 years.
For the last five years, Jonesy and Betsy have lived at Essex Meadows in Essex, Conn., where Jonesy again generously gave of his electronic expertise and totally re-created the movie venue for the residents. Not only that, he and Betsy helped choose the movies and Jonesy created the posters which advertised the biweekly offerings.
He is survived by his wife Betsy of 67 years; a daughter, Marnie; a son, Bart; a half-brother, Joe; two grandsons, Trent and Robin; and a stepgrandson, Bradley.
No memorial is planned.
Cape Cod Times 04-22-2010
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: ditdit
Record added: Apr 22, 2010
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