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Michael Jones

Michael O. Jones

Wednesday, October 13th, 1948 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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For most of his adult life, Michael O. Jones spoke with anticipation about the party that he would join in heaven, prominently featuring Friendly’s Jim Dandy sundaes. On Friday June 12, 2020, Michael joined that celebration, finally free and at rest, and is perhaps enjoying some ice cream right now. He passed away peacefully with his children by his side at the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington.

Michael was born on October 13, 1948 in Albany, NY. He grew up in Delmar, in the house built by his father, joined the Navy after high school, and after being honorably discharged, went on to earn an Associate’s degree from SUNY Cobleskill and a BS in Business Administration from New England College in 1973. He settled in Poestenkill, NY with wife, Mary Ann Matthews Jones where they raised their two children before he returned to Delmar. He spent the past decade at the Vermont Veteran’s Home where many staff became extended family.

He had a passion for long drives through the green hills of upstate New York, people-watching from the Marriot Marquis in Times Square, and sitting by the ocean on the coast of Maine. His sense of adventure took him to Alaska as a young man where he worked a number of odd jobs to support his traveling. He loved to talk with people from all walks of life and had a penchant for remembering their names and stories. In turn, he added these names and stories to his prayer list and didn’t hesitate to share with those he met his strong faith in God. These skills were honed during his many years as a salesperson and 14 years as a cab driver at the Albany airport. Through the physical struggles of his final years enduring Parkinson’s Disease, he persistently embraced optimism and built community. Before moving to the Vet’s home, he could often be found chatting with folks around Albany at the Capital City Rescue Mission, the truck stop, the VA Hospital or the Seafarer’s Mission. He was a member of the Brunswick Church for 45 years and, above all else, a constant cheerleader and an ardent supporter of his children's aspirations and endeavors.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence S. Jones, and his mother, Esther Farrell Jones. He is remembered with love by his two children Stephanie Jones Gromek (Jay Gromek) and Brandon Jones (Frances Outlaw); his grandchildren, Caleb and Eliza Jones and Nate and Talia Gromek; and by his ex-wife Mary Ann Matthews Jones.

A memorial service will be held later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Capital City Rescue Mission where Mike volunteered regularly when he was able and The Friends of the Vermont Veteran’s Home.

City Rescue Mission: capitalcityrescuemission.org
Friends of the Vermont Veteran’s Home: http://friendsofthevermontveteranshome.org

Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
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Deirdre Greco

Posted at 06:57am
Stephanie, Brandon and Maryann,

I didn’t know your dad but I do know and respect you loving family. I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s death. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Love,
Deirdre

Mary Ryan

Posted at 12:52pm
I spend many hours with Mike covering a myriad of topics. He never ceased to amaze me with the depth of his knowledge on various subjects. I always appreciated that I was on his prayer list which I reciprocated. He was a very interesting and intelligent man and a great conversationalist-I am glad I had the opportunity to know him.
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Willy and Sabina Schlumberger

Posted at 08:52am
Dear Gromek/Jones families, We are thinking of you during this precious time. Our hearts and love-filled prayers are with you.
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Donna Owens

Posted at 11:33am
On our last visit, Mike was telling us that he was not afraid to die and was looking forward to heaven.
Mike visited my Dad often when my Dad was in a nursing home. I believe they both enjoyed those visits very much.
I will always feel grateful to Mike for doing that.
My condolences to his family who he loved very much.
Donna Owens
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