Obituaries » Richard W Jones
July 12, 2020Obituary Viewed 361 timesRichard W. Jones passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 12th, 2020 in hospice care in Lakeland, Florida due to complications arising from terminal cancer. He fought the disease tirelessly for over a year. He was 73 years old.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946, Rick grew up in the suburbs of the city with his family and was a graduate of Milford Mill High School in 1964. Music was his passion from early on; he played guitar and sang in rock n’ roll bands, trios and duos throughout his youth and even had a “Everly Brothers”-style duo with his brother, John Paul Jones III back in the mid 1960’s. In Baltimore, he taught guitar lessons at a then prominent music store until moving to Central Pennsylvania in 1970. In Huntingdon, Pa. he worked as the music manager for the “Mezzanine” at C.H. Millers department store as well as handling sales for them in their automotive department for several years. He founded “TSL Music” in Huntingdon in the 70’s which offered musical equipment and serviced the community with studio lessons by teachers of various musical instruments and disciplines. Rick was also a licensed, practicing Real Estate Agent for some years in Huntingdon County.
In 1981 he pursued his musical career on a full-time professional level. He performed as a solo artist (guitar, piano and vocals) throughout Pennsylvania and in the State College / Penn State area in hotels, dining and entertainment establishments for over 30 years. He gained many devoted “fans” and friends of his music over the years – those who would come out just to hear him; the sharing of his song interpretations (e.g., of John Denver, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Jim Croce to name a few…) brought great joy, a sense of familiarity and comfort to so many listeners. He also enjoyed recording and playing as a duo with his daughter, Jennifer, who learned a great deal about the “bizness” from performing with him on weekends in State College.
Rick had a wry, quirky sense of humor, was wildly knowledgeable about movies, especially the “classics”, loved MAD Magazine (his favorite – Mort Drucker’s art / caricatures), enjoyed boating on Lake Raystown and was secretly talented in painting and drawing.
Rick retired permanently to Lakeland, Florida in 2013, close to his parents and siblings. He continued to perform music on occasion for the community at local dances, parties and shows. Rick will be dearly missed by his family and friends, yet the many fond memories of him, his music and his soothing melodic voice, will live on in our hearts.
He is survived by his daughter and only child, Jennifer Jones (and his former wife, Lynn Jones), his mother Janet M. Jones, his sister, Teri L. Cash as well as his partner, Gloria Bennett. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Paul Jones III and his father, John Paul Jones.
Because of the COVID pandemic, a celebration-of-life service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
https://www.cancerresearch.org/join-the-cause/donateOr to Musicares: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/about