JONES, Clifford M
Nov 17th 1922 – January 28th 2012
“Grampa Cliffie” passed away peacefully at his home in Union Bay, looking out over the water, with his beloved family and dogs by his side. He was 89 years old. Born in South Wales (UK), shortly before the Great Depression, he was a very young man when he served with honours, during WWII in Africa, Sicily and Italy. It was in Italy in 1946, that he met and married the love of his life, his wife Lidia. Together, they had two children– a son Leslie and a daughter, Kath.
Cliff was a remarkable man. When, after 58 years of marriage, Lidia died suddenly in 2004, he packed his suitcase and moved to Canada to live with Kath, his much-loved son-in-law, Perry, and step-grandchildren, Chelsey and PJ. He was 82 years old by then. But he never missed a beat, quickly adapting to his new, busy life.
He made what he called “wonderful” friends, joined the Canadian Legion (even celebrating New Year’s Eve there, looking so debonair in his tux just a few weeks ago), took to Lucky beer like a duck to water, and loved Canada with all his heart. He bought a Canadian flag, and every Canada Day could be seen out on the deck, raising it as a tribute to his new home. A remarkable man indeed, he touched the lives of everyone he met with his graciousness, old-fashioned good manners, fun-loving attitude, and his polished shoes. Oh! And let’s not forget his Welsh toast to “good health for everyone”!
Our thanks to Dr. Adam Thompson, the 3rd Floor nursing staff at St Joe’s, the ladies of VIHA, the Canadian Red Cross and the Hospice Society, for the compassion and care shown to Cliff during his brief illness. And, we send a huge “thank you” to all his friends who visited him, brought him Lucky, sat on his bed, talked and joked with him and generally made him feel loved and appreciated in his final days. In supporting him, you supported us, and we deeply appreciate every one of you. Thank you, too, to Toneff’s Funeral Service for your gentle and considerate service at such a difficult time.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at Two Eagles Lodge, 6409 Island Highway South in Union Bay at 2pm. Bring your smiles and memories, and, please wear no black. This is a true celebration of a life well-lived.
“Yachi-da bob een” Grampa Cliffie. We miss you. You will always be in our hearts!