PHILIP (PHIL) ARTHUR JONES, PHD.
March 1, 1924 – January 8, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce Phil’s unexpected passing at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Phil was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Lucy (Smith) Jones of Maple Ridge, B.C. Predeceased also by his much loved brother, Owen Douglas Jones, Georgetown, ON and sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Pineault of Nanaimo, B.C. and niece, Diana (Lawrence) Isaac of Winnipeg, MB. He is fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Jean (Stirrett) Jones, and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by Owen’s children Glyn (Susan) Jones, Sylvia (Jonathan) Cutmore, Trevor Jones, Donna Jones and Elizabeth’s children, Sharlene, (Philip) Cross, Barbra Willis, Brian Pineault and Kathryn (Gary) Medcalf. His interest in genealogy and family history will bond the remaining Smith/Jonses in his memory.
Phil was born in Prince George and moved to Smithers in 1937. He graduated from UBC in 1948 with a BSc (Ag) majoring in Horticulture. At the U. of Wisconsin (Madison); he attained an MSc in Entomology (1956) and a PhD in Entomology with a minor in Plant Ecology (1963).
Phil served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve-Signals Branch from 1944-1945.
His professional career started in 1964 as Assistant Professor of Entomology at South Dakota State U. (Brookings).
Moving back to Canada in 1974, Phil worked for Niagara Chemicals. In 1977 he moved to Ottawa to join Environment Canada as a senior scientist, transferring to the Vancouver office in 1992. He then retired to Vernon in November 1993.
Phil had a passion for photography and all things outdoors, especially skiing. He was a life member of the North Okanagan Naturalist Club of which he was a founding member. In addition, Phil served on the executive of the BC Agrologists.
Recent projects included important documentation of the history of the Bulkley Valley.
Phil will be greatly missed by his wide network of friends and acquaintances.
Funeral Service was held at All Saints Anglican Church, Vernon, B.C. at 2 p.m., Friday, January 16, 2015. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to a Nature charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250-542-0155. Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com