Richard E. Jones

Date of Passing:

June 10, 2024

Richard E. Jones, aged 91, of Barrington, Rhode Island, passed away on June 10, 2024, surrounded by his family at home. He was born on October 12, 1932, in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was a resident of Barrington for over 55 years and spent over 30 years (winters) in Jensen Beach, Florida.

Dick was passionate about his hobbies; he loved golf, fishing, boating, and yard sales. His legendary garage sales were known throughout town where the locals could find “something for everyone” and they could haggle with Dick for the best prices! He cherished spending time with his family and grandchildren. He had a passion for life that was infectious to all who knew him.

He proudly served in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne during the Korean War. After his military service, Dick dedicated 30 1/2 years of his life to working at New England Telephone / NYNEX Yellow Pages where he made many lifelong friends. In addition to his full-time career, Dick took over the Jones’ Family’s seasonal Christmas Wreath business where he would make, decorate and deliver live Christmas Wreath’s locally and ship them around the country. The business was transitioned to his daughter in 2008 where it continues its 100+ year history.

He was a faithful member of St. Luke’s Church in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he found solace and community. He enjoyed his 15 years as the President of the Men Golf League at St. Luke’s.

Dick is survived by his beloved wife of over 70 years, Theresa Jones, and their children: Deborah Jones of East Greenwich; Alan Jones and his wife Carole Steele of Bristol; Sandra Huftalen and her husband Peter of New Hampshire; Kevin Jones and his wife Jennifer of Barrington. He was a loving grandfather to Colby Huftalen and his wife Lauren, Kevin Jones Jr. and his partner Gianella Salvaggio, Andrew Jones, Kelly Borges and husband Brad, Megan Steele and her partner Dave Merritt, and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his 94-year-old brother, Robert E Jones of Paxton, MA.

Dick was preceded in death by his siblings: William E Jones, Rodney E Jones, Gayle Greene, and Kenneth Premo and Helen Hadley.

His Funeral will be held on Friday June 14, 2024 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Ave Riverside at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington at 11:00 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Forrest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington.

Calling hours will be Thursday June 13 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Friday morning June 14 from 8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice Rhode Island, 438 E Main Rd #100, Middletown, RI 02842 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Dickie was one of my favorite cousins. So many wonderful memories with all the Joneses. He was my dad’s special brother. Love to you all.

  2. Our deepest condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.

    John and Doris Porto

  3. Our deepest sympathies to Kevin and the whole family. Our thoughts are with you today and prayers this weekend.

  4. To Kevin , his wife and the Jones family , my wife and I are saddened to hear about your recent loss of your Dad. He raised a great family along with his wife. He was a pillar of the community in Barrington and will be missed by many ! May he Rest In Eternal Peace.

  5. Deb your dad was so cool!
    I will never forget when we went to the DMV and used his “code word” to get our license plates. And the pens!! We had hundreds.

  6. Rest in peace Dick. I know my mom will be there to keep you company. Sending love and condolences to all especially Terry.

  7. My condolences to the family! May God receive him with open arms & may the loving memories of your grandpa bring you comfort and peace!

  8. I did not have the priviledge to meet Mr. Jones. I love hearing about him through you all and i so love the kindness in his smile. May Gods grace bring healing and His love bring healing and comfort. Jacqui

  9. So sorry to hear of his passing.

  10. Remembering all the good times, cook-outs at Larry’s, parties at Christmas time, R.I.P. Dick, you will be missed!

  11. My Condolences.

  12. So sorry to hear this. Hugs and kisses to you all.
    It was a blessing visiting with Uncle Dick and all of you over the past holiday. I feel blessed to of had that opportunity. He was a great man
    God Speed

  13. Dick was a gentleman. He possessed a concern for others. He was a well respected leader with NYNEX. His reputation will endure. R.I.P. , Richard.

  14. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. May he Rest in Peace.

  15. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss and grief. Psalm 116: 15 states, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of His saints.” Also, “He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds,” Psalm 147: 3. I am part of the Tuesday night prayer group with Deborah. Prayers continue.

  16. So sorry for your loss. He was such a kind man.

  17. Dear Mrs. Jones and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. I’ll miss seeing Mr. Jones working in the yard.

  18. My condolences to all of you through this tough time. Uncle Dick was a great man, husband, father, and uncle. I will miss him. I have so many good memories.Love you all and see you soon.

  19. My sympathy to Terry and Kevin on the death of your husband and father. Dick was a wonderful person to know and work with. He was a fine gentleman. May Dick rest in peace.
    He will be missed by all of his Directory friends.

  20. As part of the Premo extended family, Alice and I send our prayers and condolences for a life well lived, friendships cherished, and family loved. He joins my brother and his cousin Paul and many others of the Premo clan to forever decorate the heavens, provide feasts of lobster and all the fixings, tell lies about their golf, and publish a new yellow page for God and Company .
    The world was privileged to experience his kindness and concern for others. May God hold him lovinglyand give serenity to all of you, his family. Love from Greg Premo and Alice Premo.

  21. We love you Pop! You will be missed.

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