Charles H. Jones III
H. Jones III, 79, of Auburn, Maine, husband of Jessie D. “Jill” Jones,
died December 15, 2008 in the Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, ME
following his brief illness.
Boston June 2, 1929, he was the son of the late Charles H. and Margaret
(French) Jones. He was raised in Cohasset MA and was a 1948 graduate of
Milton Academy. He continued his education at Dartmouth, graduating in
1952 after a five year program that included a MBA from the Tuck School.
He enlisted in the US Army, and was stationed in Berlin during the early
years of the Cold War. He served as the editor of the military newspaper
“The Berlin Observer”. Following his honorable discharge he returned to
Cohasset and worked for Bostonian Shoe, the company his grandfather had
founded. Moving to Monmouth, Maine in the early 1970’s, he continued his
involvement with Bostonian, supervising the Maine factories. In his
retirement, he enjoyed his next ten years of employment crafting
furniture at Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers of Auburn. He will be remembered
as the creator of the Cherry Chuggers, miniature wooden cars sold at
Moser showrooms. As a young man, he was an avid blue water sailor, a
longtime member of the Cohasset Yacht Club and the Blue Water Sailing
Club. Following his relocation to Maine, he enjoyed skiing, both
downhill and cross country. His passion for being on the water evolved
into the sport of sea kayaking. He enjoyed paddling amongst the islands
of mid-coastal Maine, with many trips to Matinicus and Monhegan which
became yearly traditions with friends and family. He was an enthusiastic
and competitive kayak racer, competing as recently as this July’s Moxie
Festival Androscoggin River Race.
to his wife of thirty four years, he is survived by his son, Daniel C.
Jones and his wife Karen of Hanover, MA, daughters Deborah Jones
Cerretani and her husband Craig of Ipswich, MA and Leslie Gutiérrez-Jones
and her husband Carl of Santa Barbara, CA; six granddaughters, Samantha
and Caroline Jones of Hanover, Kendra and Marissa Cerretani of Ipswich,
and Marina and Natalia Gutie’rrez-Jones of Santa Barbara. He is also
survived by his former wife, Joan Jones of Plymouth, MA. He was the
brother of the late Leslie Jones Jackson, formerly of West Falmouth, MA.
A memorial paddle will be held this summer on the waters of Penobscot
Bay. Arrangements under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral
Home of Ipswich. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in his
name to the Maine Island Trail Association, 58 Fore Street, Suite 30-3,
Portland, ME, 04101.
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