Farewell Jonesy, a hero postie
KEVIN Jones (“Jonesy”) retired the other day after having worked for Australia Post for 35 years.
A grateful community at Wonga Beach held a send off for the bloke they regard as pretty special.
Jonesy started delivering mail for his father in law.
He had the mail run to Daintree three days a week as he drove the school bus (incorporated with the mail service).
In 1996 he started the Wonga Beach/Daintree mail service.
When he began he had 24 delivery points and when he finished he had more than 500.
Jonesy would deliver the mail rain, hail, shine or flood. The only time he was out of action was when a dog ran out in front of him and he went over the handlebars and suffered broken bones.
He reckons he could write a book on his adventures as a postie and all the things he has seen over the years.
Jonesy would keep the staff entertained with his stories when he returned to the post office, cheerful as ever, after a mail run.
The customers loved him as nothing was too much bother and at Christmas time his van would be loaded with gifts to him from the public.
He has a great memory and can tell you everyone he has worked with or delivered mail to.
Kevin would like to thank everyone, especially Tom and Stevyn, for helping him out over the last 35 years.
He says it was a great 35 years and he will surely miss it. For now, it’s time to relax, though his wife has a long list of jobs around the house.