Glowing tributes to Canon Jones
In his 100 years, Canon Ivor Jones influenced scores of lives through his long service as priest and teacher.
Many who sat at his feet filled the pews at Christ Church Parish Church at his funeral service yesterday, their presence making a strong statement about their gratitude for the contribution of a man to whom Sir Henry Fraser paid glowing tribute.
Sir Henry noted Jones had spent most of his life both as a teacher and Anglican priest and said: “Canon Jones was not just the complete man, but practised perfection . . . as teacher, priest, father, faith healer, counsellor, raconteur, pianist, organist and spokesman.”
“How many thousands of young Harrisonians might have been worse off without the powerful impact of this powerful canon?” Fraser mused, as he spoke of Jones’ passion for teaching which he shared with his late wife Anna, who ran her own school.
‘Best bishop we never had’
“He was the best bishop we never had,” Fraser said in jest, in reference to Jones’ failed attempt to secure the position when he was among the candidates nominated in 1971 for the bishopric of Barbados in a historic election process that resulted in the selection of Bishop Drexel Gomez of The Bahamas.
Diocesan administrator Canon Wayne Isaacs also detailed Jones’ life of service as several priests listened with rapt attention, hearing about Jones’ 77 years in the priesthood serving in several Anglican churches. Much of that time was spent at Christ Church Parish Church, where he endeared himself to the congregation.
Would be remembered
Isaacs said Jones would be remembered especially for his passion for the faith healing ministry.
Delivering the sermon, Jones’ former student Canon Noel Titus spoke about the teacher who made an indelible mark on his life when he was a schoolboy in his native Tobago.
Jones’ daughters Valerie Goodman and Angela Bryan painted a more personal picture of the loving father, husband and family man who helped to nurture them.
Barbados recognised Jones’ service by awarding him the Barbados Centennial Honour and the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). His interment took place in the church grounds.
Valerie Goodman, one of Canon Ivor Jones’ daughters, being supported by her son Gary as she lays a wreath on her father’s grave yesterday. Valerie’s sister Angela Bryan (in the background holding a wreath) waits to pay her last respects.
Several priests in attendance at the funeral of Canon Ivor Jones yesterday.
Canon Ivor Jones