After several years of failing health, Arden Beverley Jones of Fredericton passed away peacefully on January 30, 2022, at York Care Centre. The son of Raymond and Myrtle (Wiggins) Jones, Arden was born on January 11, 1944, in Scotch Settlement, NB.
He is survived by his wife Suzanne (Kilcollins); beloved daughter Alissa (Tyler) Belliveau and their children Alanna and Ethan; stepson Michael McQuade; brother Edmund (Helen) Jones; brother-in-law Merle Sharpe; sister-in-law Ardith Lawrence; several nieces and nephews; and Alissa’s mother Charlotte Jones.
He cherished his rural upbringing and the love of a large family. In later years, he had great love and pride in the accomplishments of his daughter and her family, his stepson, and his many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by sisters Florence Sharpe, Mavis (George) Currie, Evelyn (Quincy) Grant, infant brother Gordon, and brothers Durwood Jones and Alvah Jones (Madelene).
He left high school early and soon joined the Navy. He was honourably discharged after it was discovered that he was blind in one eye. He always admired the military service and enjoyed visits to historical sites over the years. He made a quiet respectful visit to Canada’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier just after it was erected.
He was a lifelong learner, much of it informal through his voracious reading and interest especially in history and geography. He earned his GED and later graduated from Moncton Tech with a certificate in Drafting and completed some courses at UNB. He retired after working for many years with York / Ocean Steel.
He was a lifetime member of the Kinsman Club of Canada and a member of the Nashwaaksis United Church. During their 32 years of marriage, he and Suzanne always enjoyed dancing, and for a few years were members of the Thomists Dance Club and the No Frills Dance Club.
Arden was known to speak his mind, often with quite colourful language, but was quick to apologize for any mistakes, and even quicker to praise. Although his exterior was often rough, Arden had a soft and caring heart. He was quick to hug and quick to tears, whether over an emotional event, or a sad movie (Ole Yeller got him every time).
Arden loved to travel and in later years he and Suzanne not only visited every province in Canada but enjoyed many trips to different spots in the world. They spent several enjoyable winters in Clearwater, Florida, where they made many good friends, shared lots of laughter, parties and dancing (with perhaps a few cocktails along the way).
Due to Covid restrictions, there will be no visitation or service at this time. To recognize the wonderful care and support received by Arden over the past few years, donations to CNIB, Extra Mural, or York Care Foundation would be appreciated.