Glow­ing trib­utes to Canon Jones

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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.

(Pic­ture by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.).

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.

(Pic­ture by Ri­cardo Lea­cock.)

Sev­eral priests in at­ten­dance at the fu­neral of Canon Ivor Jones yes­ter­day.

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