Robert “Bob” C. Jones, F.D., West Scranton, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning after a courageous battle with Glioblastoma surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 56 years is the former Genevieve “Genie” (Talarico) Jones.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late of Emrys Jones and Ruth Hubbard Jones and was a graduate of West Scranton High School in 1958. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served active duty on the USS Chilton, APA -38, and an additional four years of Naval Reserve service in Philadelphia, PA. Following his active duty military service, he earned an Accounting Associates Degrees from Lackawanna College in 1962 and another Associates Degree in Mortuary Science in 1964 from the McAllister School of Embalming.
He became a licensed Funeral Director in 1966, entering into business with his father at Davies and Jones Funeral Chapel, Inc. where he remained for 42 years until 2008. After a brief retirement, he joined the Vanston and James and James Wilson Funeral Homes where he served as the General Manager of the funeral homes.
Robert was an active member and past president of many civic organizations in the community, including both the Lackawanna County and Pennsylvania State Funeral Director’s Association, the St. David’s Society, the Lions Club of Scranton and other civic organizations. He was a 50+ year member and Past Master of Union Lodge, #291, Free and Accepted Masons, Scranton, PA. He was particularly proud of being a member and elder of Covenant Presbyterian Church and the USS Chilton Association.
Bob was an avid Yankees fan, loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hosting holidays, summer picnics and pool parties at his home with family and friends. While humble of his own civic activities, he took pride in his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments. He was a true professional throughout his 55+ years as a funeral director in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, serving thousands of families with compassion and understanding.
He is also survived by his children Alyssa Jones, Scranton, Daniel Jones and wife Jennifer, Covington Twp., and Pamela Trovato and husband John, Morristown, NJ; his beloved grandchildren, Ava Rose Jones, Scranton, Harlie and Jolienne Jones, Covington Twp., and Elio and Luca Trovato, Morristown, NJ; his sister, Beverly Casey, Goose Creek, SC; brothers in law Thomas and August Talarico and their families; several cousins and nephews; numerous colleagues and friends.
Bob was also preceded in death by his brother in law Thomas Casey; mother in law Rose Talarico; sister in law Connie Talarico.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 23rd at Noon in the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave, Scranton. Masonic Funeral Services will be held prior to the beginning of the religious service.
Friends may call at the church on Saturday morning from 11am until the commencement of services.
Interment, Private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in honor of Robert may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18510, http://www.hospicesacredheart.org/
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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton, PA.