Farewell Jonesy, a hero postie

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Kevin Jones

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