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John Jones

John R. "Beach" Jones

Wednesday, November 2nd, 1927 - Saturday, February 13th, 2021
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John R. “Beach” Jones
1927 -- 2021

Naugatuck, CT John Robert “Beach” Jones, 93, husband of the late Cecilia (Regan) Jones, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

Beach was born on November 2, 1927, in Waterbury, a son of the late Mark and Adaline (Beach) Jones. Beach was a lifelong resident of Naugatuck and a longtime resident of East Harwich, MA. He was an avid fisherman and gardener who enjoyed spending time in nature with his family and friends. He taught all his children, and many others, how to fish. He was a member of the Exchange Club of Naugatuck and Naugatuck Elks Lodge 967. He was a Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably during World War II, earning a Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, and American Theater Medal. He began boxing while in the Navy and went on to become a professional boxer. As a light heavyweight, he was renowned for earning 39 professional knockouts and many more as an amateur. Although he was a fighter in the ring, he was a kind and generous person outside the ring. He established his own business, John B. Jones and Sons Mason Contractors. He performed all types of masonry construction work, specializing in stonework. His work ethic and craftsmanship earned him a distinguished reputation.

Beach was known for his generosity and caring heart; he took joy in sharing freshly caught fish and vegetables from his garden with neighbors and friends. He had a deep appreciation for nature, which he shared with his wife and passed on to his children and grandchildren. Beach had a warm, gregarious nature and made friends wherever he went. His sincere devotion to his family and friends, and his genuine gratitude for life’s simple joys, truly set him apart.

Beach is survived by his four sons, Robert Jones and wife Susan, of Naugatuck; Mark Jones and wife Ann, of East Harwich, MA; William Jones Sr. and wife Kathleen, of Old Saybrook; and Christopher Jones, of Naugatuck; his six grandchildren, Emily (Jones) Hunt and husband Alex, of Woodbury; Eliza (Jones) Oumano and husband Michael, of Warwick, RI; Melissa Jones, of Milford; his fishing partner, William Jones Jr., of Old Saybrook; Evan Jones, of Rochester, NY; and Hannah Jones, of Naugatuck; his five great-grandchildren, Nora Hunt, Benjamin Hunt, Alexandra Oumano, Emersyn Oumano, and Caleb Slapikas; and his sister, Ruth Kovach, of Naugatuck. He also leaves behind many dear friends in both Naugatuck and Cape Cod, including the Liska family and the Gonsalves-Brown family. Besides his parents and his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Beach was predeceased by his brothers, Mark, Richard “Dick,” Kenneth, Donald, and Edward “Dee” Jones; his sister, Betty Jane (Jones) Gillette; his brothers-in-law, Sherwin “Cy” Gillette, and Paul Kovach; and his sisters-in-law, Jane Jones, and Margaret Jones.

A celebration of Beach’s life will be held by his family in the spring. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Beach’s legacy by spending time with your family.
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Susan (Kloc) Drown

Posted at 03:36pm
There is only one "Beach"! My father (Vic) would say "I'm going to see Beach"! They fished together I met him at Aunt Jane's house on Jones' Road years ago A tall nice man in a red flannel. I bet he helped my dad with the stonework on his house. He was a wonderful man


Posted at 09:37am
To the family of John Jones,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
We thank him for his service to our country
VFW Post 201 Aux.

Kathi Jones Posted at 11:27am

Thank you to all at VFW Post 201. He was proud to have served in the Navy during WW II. Thank you to all of your members for their service. Kathi


Posted at 05:24pm

Kathi Jones Posted at 11:26am

Thank you Clara for your kind words. God bless your Dad. Kathi

Jim Sr

Posted at 03:36pm
Beach was a Friend of our Family. He and His Buddy Don Painter would always eat at my Dads Restaurant on Church Street. He was a Great Guy. Years later he built our fireplace in our log home in Bethany and everyone one that came to our house would marvel on the workmanship. He used all the stone that was left from blasting for the foundation. Every stone was hand picked. My Deepest Condolences to Family and Friends. RIP Beach. Pam and Jim Amato

Kathi Jones Posted at 11:25am

Thank you for sharing your memory Jim. What was the restaurant that your Dad owned? He certainly was an artist when it came to stone work. Kathi

Margi PAinter Newell

Posted at 11:06pm
I extend my sincere condolences to Mark,Robert and the entire Jones family. Your dad was a kind and gentle man. I do smile as I point out to my grandchildren all the field stone walls that were built in town by your dad and mine. They are easily recognized they are so well done. One is in front of the Baummer house on Field Street and another near the end of Park Avenue near Hillside Avenue. There are many around town. I have many fond memories of your dad and your family while I was growing up. I am very sorry for your loss.

Kathi Jones Posted at 11:23am

Thank you Margi for sharing your memories. Your family often comes up when telling tales of long ago. Kathi

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