JONES, ARNOLD - Arnold Gray Jones, 68, Bedford, died August 17, 2012, in the Halifax Infirmary Site of the QEII, Halifax. Born in Scotch Settlement, N.B., he was the son of the late Guy and Mary (Gray) Jones. Arnold grew up in the community of Scotch Settlement. Arnold was a graduate of Keswick Ridge High School, NB, the New Brunswick Teachers’ College and the University of Maine where he received a Master’s Degree in Education. Arnold’s career in education began as Principal of Hugh Harrison Elementary School in Chatham, NB. After teaching one year in Trail, BC, he returned to NB as principal of Rothesay Elementary School, School Supervisor in Newcastle and Special Education Consultant for the NB Department of Education in Fredericton. In 1980 he moved to NS with his family to assume the role of Superintendent of Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA), where he made fantastic contributions and impact until his first retirement in 1993. Arnold enjoyed a second very successful and gratifying career within the Nova Scotia Realtors Association (NSAR) until his final retirement in 2011. Arnold also found time to volunteer in many community organizations most recently finding fulfillment with his volunteer work with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Lodge that Gives. Arnold was blessed with 42 years of marriage to Pat, to whom he supported with loyal devotion during her own battle with cancer. He found love again with his wife Janet, with whom he would have celebrated their first anniversary at the end of this month. Arnold took great joy and pride in his family, with an incredible adoration for his grandson McAulay. Arnold is described as an enthusiastic host, determined in his pursuits, as well as kind, caring and thoughtful in his friendships. His wish was for more time with his family, and shared Pat’s regret that they would not be able to dance at their grandson’s wedding. Arnold will be missed by his family and by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Janet Hayward; sons, Patrick, Osaka, Japan; Peter (Heather), Bridgewater; grandson, McAulay Gray Jones; one niece; one nephew; aunts and uncles and Janet’s children Craig and Kim. He was predeceased by his first wife Patricia (Patterson) Jones; an infant son, Jeffery, and his parents.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 21, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm in Bedford United Church, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held 2pm Wednesday, August 22. A private family interment will be held in Brookside Cemetery, Bedford. Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. On line condolences may be sent by visiting www.jasnowfuneralhome.com