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JONES, Major D.A. CD (Retired) - Donald Allan Jones, age 76, Middleton, NS passed away suddenly at home on 14 February 2017. Born in Star City, SK, he was the son of the late Robert E. Jones (Star City, SK) and the late Ethel B. Mitchell (Canora, SK). Born into a farming family, he spent the first 19 years of his life working the land. In 1959, he joined the military which began an illustrious 37-year flying career with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) initially as a Radio Officer then for most of his career as a Tactical Navigator on the Argus, the Aurora, and while on exchange at RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall on the Nimrod from 1970 to 1972. Don flew into all of the NATO Maritime Patrol bases in North America and in Europe. An avid aviator he volunteered to serve on Sea King helicopters rather than being posted to a non-flying position. From 1979 to 1981 he was the Helicopter Detachment Commander aboard HMCS Huron. While so serving he obtained a Watch Keeping certificate, a rare feat for an aircrew member. A natural leader with outstanding tactical skills and excellent teaching abilities he held the highest of respect from the Anti-Submarine-Warfare community. As a result he along with a few others became the first Aurora navigators to become Crew Commanders, a position normally held by pilots. On retirement he was the Chief Aircrew Instructor at the Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron. He accumulated almost 13,000 flying hours, earning the VP International Gold Pin awarded for accumulating 8760 hours, one full year while airborne in support of Maritime Operations. A stalwart supporter of VP International, he served as its President from 1975 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1985. He spent his retirement life by travelling, spending winters in the southern US, travelling abroad and then eventually just enjoying his lakeside home with his soul mate second wife, Donna Jones (Halifax, NS). He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Lynda Carole Jones (April 1962 Star City, SK). From his first marriage, he is survived by his three sons, Dwayne Allan Jones (Melinda) Lower Sackville, NS; Daryle Robert Jones, Edmonton, AB; and Deryk Edward Jones (Marie), Edmonton, AB; daughter Pamela May Jones (Lloyd) Lunenburg, NS; Grandchildren Shannon Lee Jones, Middleton, NS; Kyle Edward Jones, Edmonton, AB, and Coletyn Allan Jones-Trimper, Middleton, NS; various aunts, uncles and cousins in SK and BC. As per Don's wishes he was cremated, there will be no visitation or funeral, rather a Celebration of Life ceremony will be held later in the summer. Arrangements have been entrusted to MIDDLETON FUNERAL HOME , 398 Main St., (902) 825-3448. Donations in Don's memory can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia in lieu of flowers. On line guestbook may be signed by visiting: HREF="http://www.middletonfuneralhome.com">www.middletonfuneralhome.com.
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