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JONES: James Edward (Ted) of Exeter

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On December 21, 2016 @ 3:19 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 40 Comments

JONES: James Edward (Ted) of Exeter




It is with heavy hearts and loving memories that we announce that Ted Jones passed away peacefully at South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.  Ted was the beloved husband of Donna (Hayter) Jones for over 68 years.  Loving father of Randy and Susann Jones of Exeter.  Ted will be missed by his sister-in-law Linda O’Rourke (Willie) of Dashwood and their family.  Predeceased by his mother and father Gladys and Cecil Jones, his mother and father-in-law Ella Rae and Newton Hayter, and sister Jean McInroy. 

Ted lived in and around Exeter for most of his life.  He met and married his soul mate and love of his life, Donna.  He never missed an opportunity to state what a wonderful wife she was over their 68 years of marriage.  He loved her dearly.  Ted and Donna had one child, Randy, who returned from New York with his wife Susann to help care for his aging parents.  Ted enjoyed the time he spent with Randy on their many trips to London for dialysis.  He truly appreciated his care and attention.  Ted worked for the ABCA for 26 years.  He wore a multitude of hats over his career and stayed on with the Conservation Foundation and Board for 29 years.  He was a proud and dedicated member of the Exeter Lions Club for 23 years.  He was a very active community volunteer, a master wood carver, and a great supporter and promoter of the Conservation Dinner.  Ted loved nature, and was a life-long conservationist.  He was instrumental in the development of McNaughton Park.  The Exeter Town Council recognized Ted’s contribution to the community by selecting him Citizen of the Year.  Ted had a great love for his family and found great peace outdoors.  A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Ted. 

Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter (1 street west of Main) on Thursday evening 6-8 PM.  There will be a Lions Memorial Service in the funeral home on Thursday evening at 7:45 PM.  The funeral service will be held at the Exeter United Church, 42 James Street, Exeter on Friday, December 23rd at 11 AM with Rev. Laurie O’Leary officiating.  Interment Exeter Cemetery. 

Donations to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences for the family of “JONES: James Edward (Ted) of Exeter”

Condolence from Irv.Armstrong on December 21st, 2016 3:33 PM

To Donna Randy and family. I was sorry to hear of the death of Ted. When you told me I was not to shock because the conversation that I had with him at the Villa. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. I have just gone through this myself. TIme is the best healer. Irv.

Condolence from Tom and Bev Prout on December 21st, 2016 3:44 PM

Donna, Randy and Susann

I meet Ted as a summer student working for the Conservation Authority. Over the decades Ted has always been a mentor and a friend. He was always thinking of a better way and he usually found one. I will celebrate Ted’s life through all of the memories i have shared with him.

Sincere condolences

Tom and Bev Prout

Condolence from Don and Cathy Pearson on December 21st, 2016 3:52 PM

Cathy and I are so sorry to learn of Ted’s passing, he was a wonderful man whose company and mentorship I very much enjoyed when we worked together at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority in the late ’70’s. We always looked forward to our annual reunion and visit with Ted and Donna at the Conservation Dinner each spring. An amazing man, so talented and interesting but mostly interested in you! We have many fond memories which we will cherish. Our sincere condolences to Donna, Randy and Susann.

Condolence from Tom Hartai on December 21st, 2016 4:20 PM

Donna, Randy and family.
On behalf of my family please accept my heartfelt condolences at this very difficult time.
Lion Ted will be missed by many in our community.

Tom Hartai

Condolence from Dave Frayne and Cathy Cade on December 21st, 2016 4:26 PM

To Donna, Randy and Susann:
Sorry to learn of Ted’s passing. He loved all of you and he will be missed. Always had a story.
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Jodi Schenk on December 21st, 2016 4:49 PM

Donna, Randy and Susann, I am so sorry to hear about Ted. He will be missed by many! Thoughts and prayers to you.

Condolence from Carole jackson on December 21st, 2016 5:00 PM

Randy and Susann
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. It doesn’t matter how old they are, it is always a big loss.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carole and Peter Jackson
Comfort, Texas

Condolence from Murray Hunking on December 21st, 2016 5:05 PM

To The Jones Family, You Don’t Know Me But I met Ted years ago at The conservation office, I was there doing glass work on there vehicles , And have done a couple vehicles for Him since. He was such a nice man, I always enjoyed talking to Him. You are in My thought’s and prayer’s. Murray Hunking

Condolence from John and Joyce Morgan on December 21st, 2016 5:19 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Donna, Randy and Susann. With sincere sympathy John and Joyce

Condolence from Brenda Moon on December 21st, 2016 5:33 PM

Dear Donna and family,

So very sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I met you and Ted while working at the Prince George Retirement Home. I enjoyed small chats with the two of you. Always pleasant.
My thoughts are with you at this time.

Condolence from Deb Oke on December 21st, 2016 6:26 PM

Donna, Randy and Susan,
So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. He put up a courageous battle in the last year with dialysis.
I will always remember the first day that I met Ted, he left quite an impression. I could tell he was a very knowledgeable man who was dedicated and passionate about the things he believed in. Ted wil be sadly missed by this community and everyone whose heart he touched.
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Condolence from Susan Oke on December 21st, 2016 7:00 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. My late husband (Ken) and I were always so in awe of his carving abilities. I have and treasure 2 of his walking sticks. I always enjoyed seeing Ted and chatting. May your many happy memories help you through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan

Condolence from John and Liz Stephens on December 21st, 2016 8:10 PM

South Carolina S.C. Dearest Donna ,Randy & Susanne . So sorry for your loss. Ted will be greatly missed by you and the Community .So sorry we can`t be there with you at this sad time .Ted was a great gentleman ,& we`ll miss him . John & Liz .

Condolence from Judy Hutchinson on December 21st, 2016 9:42 PM

Dear Donna and family, sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Our love and prayers go out to you at this time. Bob and Judy Hutchinson

Condolence from Sharon & Bob Pavkeje on December 21st, 2016 9:51 PM

It has been a pleasure working with and learning from Ted at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the Conservation Dinner. We will miss his insightful knowledge and great stories. Sending hugs to your family at this sad time.

Condolence from Bonnie Sitter on December 21st, 2016 11:26 PM

Dear Randy, Susann and Donna.
My sincere condolences. So many memories from so many activities in Ted’s lifetime. Family and friends will miss his wisdom and “know how” and artistic talents. His community involvement has made our community a better place.
Sorry I can’t be with you but please know my heart is very sad for all of you.
Bonnie Sitter

Condolence from Rob and Michelle Reid on December 22nd, 2016 5:49 AM

Donna, Randy and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
Rob and Michelle Reid

Condolence from Mike and JoAnne Pickering on December 22nd, 2016 8:01 AM

Donna and Family and Linda and Willie We talked about Ted the other night and hoped his suffering would soon be over and he would be at peace and I guess that he is now in the hands of God. I know he will be missed by Donna and family and all the people that he knew for sure. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and JoAnne Pickering

Condolence from Wendy Meidinger on December 22nd, 2016 8:20 AM

Thoughts & prayers are with Donna, Randy & Susann: Always felt the love between this family working with Ted as a PSW with One Care…Ted is a special Angel free from pain, RIP!

Condolence from Cathy Seip on December 22nd, 2016 8:39 AM

Donna, Randy and Susann
So sorry to here of Ted’s passing. He was a great person to visit with, he was knowledgeable and compassionate about his community and the environment. Tom and I are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Tom and Cathy Seip

Condolence from Charles E. Miner on December 22nd, 2016 9:02 AM

Donna, Randy and Susann,
I am sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I have many fond memories of Ted dating back to when I first met him in 1970 while tree planting for the Conservation Authority. I will always cherish my memories of Ted and his influence on my life.

Condolence from Margaret Brintnell on December 22nd, 2016 9:12 AM

Donna, Randy & Susann
I extend my sympathy on the loss of your dear husband and father. Thinking of you.
Margaret Brintnell

Condolence from Bob and Wanda Reynolds on December 22nd, 2016 9:56 AM

To Donna and Family

Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

Wanda & Bob Reynolds

Condolence from Jim and Verla Russell on December 22nd, 2016 10:14 AM

Donna, Randy and Susann:
Our deepest sympathy on Ted’s passing.
He put up a good fight, and he will be dearly missed.
He worked hard for whatever organization he was involved with.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Marion & David McPherson on December 22nd, 2016 10:16 AM

Dear Donna, Randy & Susann
Looking at the pictures brought back such happy memories of the time we spent as workmates at the Ausable-Bayfield Conservation Authority. It was a long tme ago but the memories are still very dear of both you and Ted and our times together. Our sincere sympathy to you all. Ted was a great guy and we know he will be missed but we’re sure you have many happy memories to help you through this sad time.
Marion & David McPherson

Condolence from Dorothy Henderson on December 22nd, 2016 12:12 PM

Randy and Susann: We were so sorry to hear of your father’s death and are especially sad for Donna, too. It is always hard to lose a parent, but especially hard before a happy holiday season. Unfortunately, we are away for Christmas with our “kids” and will not be able to attend the funeral or visitation, but know that we are thinking about all of you.
Dorothy and John Henderson

Condolence from Jim and Mary Lou Hyde on December 22nd, 2016 12:26 PM

Donna, Randy, and Susann: You, your family, and our community have lost a real gentleman. We have very fond memories of Ted, his carvings, and his sense of humor. We hope that your memories help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Don and Ann Thompson, Kincardine on December 22nd, 2016 12:40 PM

Donna and Family:

So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I enjoyed a long association, with him, through the Exeter Lions Club
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Patti Stanley and Ross Alexander on December 22nd, 2016 12:45 PM

Donna and family.
Sorry to here of Teds passing. He was a very kind and caring person. Cherish the memories he left to carry you forward.

Condolence from John and Wendi Schwindt on December 22nd, 2016 3:13 PM

Dear Donna, Randy and Susann…we were so very sorry to hear about Ted’s passing. He was such a caring person and so interesting! Oh, the stories…his love for nature was evident and he was a great support to John at the ABCA. Treasure your memories of him…our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Doug Hocking & Kate Monk on December 22nd, 2016 3:46 PM

Dear ones: We remember when we first met Ted when we were just starting our careers at the Ausable Bayfield CA in the 1980s and enjoyed the annual summer staff get-togethers in your backyard on Marlborough Street. Ted was always willing to share his experiences and what he had learned from projects – there was no copyright on his knowledge. He’s left a lasting legacy in the watershed and will not be forgotten.

Condolence from Vicki Kelders. on December 22nd, 2016 8:28 PM

Dear Aunt Donna, Randy and Suzanne,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. He was a unique and talented Uncle that I loved to talk to and see or hear about his latest accomplishments.
I am so glad that I was able to spend time with him the other night. Now you all have the beautiful memories you created together to help you through this.
My thoughts are with you,
Love you all,
Vicki and Bill

Condolence from Donna ( Heywood) Regier on December 22nd, 2016 8:45 PM

Donna,Randy and Susann.
So sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to Ted at Bob’s auctions.and both of you whenever we ran into each other, especially the surprise of you coming into the restaurant up north in Carnarvan. I remember as a young girl going to Ted’s fathers house with my father, and thinking that big White House was a mansion. Enjoy your memories,I’m quite sure you have many. Hugs!

Condolence from Bryan and Kathryn Howard on December 23rd, 2016 2:06 AM

Our condolences to Donna, Randy and Susann on your loss. Ted was indeed a very special person, who left a lasting legacy in his beloved Town of Exeter and the Ausable-Bayfield Watershed.
I first met Ted in 1969, as a 23 year old, when I arrived in Exeter as Manager of the Ausable River Conservation Authority. Ted was a recent addition to the field staff, but you could tell immediately that he had a real passion for the work of the Authority. He was a true friend and mentor to me.
His hobby back then was restoring antique furniture in the workshop attached to the family house on Marlborough St. which was filled with all his handiwork.
We shared a common love for the Bruce Peninsula and it was Ted who encouraged me to purchase a small woodlot on “the Bruce”, which he often visited enroute to his beloved cabin on Dorcas Bay.
Kathryn and I remember fondly the great visit we had with Ted and Donna at their “new house” overlooking the river valley.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Bryan and Kathryn Howard

Condolence from Andrea McKenzie and Ro Sheffe on December 26th, 2016 12:04 AM

Dear Donna, Randy, and Susann,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ted. Our thoughts and sympathies are with you at this sad time.
Andrea and Ro

Condolence from Erik Denomme & Chelsea Darling on December 26th, 2016 11:08 AM

Donna, Randy & Susann, we are so sorry for your loss. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbours over the last few years. He will be missed by many.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Condolence from Kathy on December 27th, 2016 9:33 PM

I am very sad to Ted’s passing. My prayers are with Donna but I am so thankful to have had the chance to meet 2 of the most loving and devoted people Although even they were only with us a short time at Prince George Retirement Lucan I will always remember our stimulating conversations. My prayers are with you all -he definitely will be missed.

Condolence from George and Sue Wilson on December 28th, 2016 7:23 AM

Donna, Randy and Susann, you have our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your husband/father Ted. He knew my parents, Doug and Dorothy Insley. They spoke very highly of Ted, Donna and Randy Jones. I remember Randy’s artistic talent-gift. May the love of family and friends comfort you now. With sincere thoughts and prayers, George and Sue Wilson

Condolence from Anne Ballantyne on January 4th, 2017 8:46 AM

Dear Donna, Randy, and Susann,

I am so very sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to have met Ted during his stay here at Prince George Retirement Residence. I enjoyed his company as well as Donna’s. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Anne Ballantyne

Condolence from Julie Stellingwerff on February 12th, 2017 3:34 PM

I had the pleasure of getting to know Ted while I was on staff at the ABCA and a member of the Conservation Dinner Committee. I always really enjoyed visits with Ted, sharing current and stories from the past, learning from him and taking guidance and suggestions about moving forward with conservation projects and fundraising events. He was a deeply loyal, dedicated, talented and respected man… and I am sad to hear of his passing.
My sincere condolences,

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