Gilbert “Gib” Jones
Gilbert “Gib” Jones, a resident of Hulbert for the past 42 years, passed away at the Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Fri., Aug.24, 2012. He was 74.
Gib was born in Beckwith Township on March 21, 1938 to his parents, Peter and Evelyn Jones (nee Simpson).
On Dec. 22, 1959, he married the love of his life, Doris Moore, and lived in Prospect and Greely before finally moving to Hulbert in August of 1970.
Gib worked as a superintendent for Murray R. Gray, overseeing municipal drainage, highway construction, as well as operating a Gradall. After leaving Murray Gray, Gib started his own company in the 70’s. Together he and his brother (George) operated a business that dealt with jackhammers, compressors, back-hoes, hi-hoes, building culverts big enough to park trucks in, along with digging municipal drains, sand blasting, and the painting of bridges in the area. In the late 1970’s, Gib changed careers and became a long haul trucker. He hauled machinery for John Deere all through the U.S. He started driving for R.S. Allison & Sons in 1979, hauling all through Ontario, as well as doing his weekly run for J.M. Schneider out of Winchester. He drove transport until 1995, and went back to what he loved and that was running heavy equipment. He operated a Gradall for Mac Morris out of Metcalfe until his health started to decline in 1998. At the age of 60, Gib retired, but only to find something he also loved to do and that was gardening and mowing, and spending lots of time with Doris. You would always see Gib on his Ford tractor, whether it be mowing the neighbours ditches or tilling up their gardens for them or keeping his own property looking like a golf course. He used to love going to the bird auctions that were held on his property by his brother. He was always out directing people where to park so they wouldn’t leave ruts on his fresh cut lawns.
Up until his health started to fail in July 2012, Gib was very active in his little neighbourhood. Morning coffee at the Brinston General Store was how he started most of his mornings in the last few years, meeting up and sharing some local country chatter with the boys and Carol. He always found the time to visit with his neighbours and always looked forward to his visits with the Joldersma’s. Gib had met a lot of people over the years and has left an impact on each and every one of them. He had a little friend that had wandered on to the property that he nursed back to health and made her his companion. Bimbo the kitten became his best friend over the last couple of years.
Gib is survived by his children, David (Cindy) of Hulbert, Barbara Saddlemire of Winchester, and stepdaughter Marjorie (Dwayne) Trentholm of Crysler. He was the dear brother of George Jones of RR#1 Williamsburg. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, David Potvin (Natalie), Cheryl Levere (James), Stacy Saddlemire (Mark Montroy), Ashley Saddlemire (Anthony Shearer), and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Jones (nee Moore), and an infant brother, Peter. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A private family service was held at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tues., Aug. 28 at 11 am, with Rev. Janet Evans officiating. Interment followed at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were Ginus Joldersma, Lambert Joldersma, John Mellan, Archie Mellan, Steve Cauvier, and James Levere.
In memoriam donations made to the Diabetes Association or the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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