John W. Jones, III, 62, of Solebury Township, PA, died on Monday, August 30, 2021 from complications related to COVID-19. John is survived by his wife Melanie, son Avery, daughter Elsie, sister Barri and legions of friends, colleagues, and golf partners. All of them mourn the untimely loss of a man with a curious mind, lightning-like wit, golf prowess and an uncanny ability to talk with anyone about anything in any setting.
John grew up in Delaware County and graduated from Springfield Hill School in 1976. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Dickinson College and an MBA from St. Joseph’s University. John earned membership in MENSA before his 30th birthday. He consumed newspapers like they were oxygen, completing at least one crossword in ink every day and often mailing news clippings to friends with a note saying “Thought you’d like this. Cheers, JWJ.” John also saw a newspaper as a two-way street, penning Letters to the Editor when he felt he had something to contribute. The editors often agreed since his letters were frequently published.
John had a long, successful career in the resins and plastics industry, most recently as a Business Development Specialist with Ascensus Specialties, a job he loved. He was a fan of performance automobiles and an encyclopedic lover of film and music and, when asked, could offer detailed reviews of obscure films, jazz ensembles, historic music halls and rock tribute bands like his beloved “Get The Led Out,” the internationally-praised Led Zeppelin doppelgänger. An accomplished drummer himself, John generously shared his musical discoveries, such as when he was Chapter President/Head Disc Jockey/Social Provocateur at Dickinson’s Alpha Chi Rho fraternity in the 1970s.
It was on the golf course, however, where all of this came together in one skillful, engaging package. An avid player since high school, John was a member of the Chester Valley Golf Club for 38 years and it was there that he and his wife met. He had a decades-long regular weekend game and was a frequent championship competitor. Fast play was a sign of success in his eyes. In an unfortunate age of cursing and club-throwing, John was unfailingly respectful of the game, courteous on the course, and gracious company to his fellow players. He played with anyone, whether an accomplished golfer like himself, or the high-handicapper friend, and made everyone feel that he thought himself lucky to be along for the round. Together with his fluid, unconventional swing and his dead-eye putting stroke, fellow players were treated to great stories, good-natured jokes and a bonhomie that seemed to be from an earlier, simpler time. Avery and Elsie, like John, both started out in the game as caddies, and nowadays know their way around the links pretty well.
John’s memorial gathering was held on Wednesday, September 8, just one week shy of his 63rd birthday, at John F. Givnish of Buckingham, Rte. 202 and Quarry Road, Buckingham, PA 18912. The visitation will begin at 11:00 am and loved ones will offer eulogies beginning at 1:00 pm. CDC COVID protocols will be observed and Zoom attendance will be offered for those who wish to attend remotely; details will be posted on the Givnish web page. Memorial contributions, for those who wish, may be made to the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Fund, https://plattscholar.org.
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