Kenneth Jones RIP
The death of Ken Jones at the early age of 71 has brought great sadness to our community, and our thoughts and prayers are with Tina and her family, Catherine and Kenneth, that God may comfort them in the loss of such a devoted, good, sincere husband and father.
Ken’s health began to give some concern away back in March, and he attended the doctors, but was still able to be out and about in his car, and he and Tina made the journey to Aberdeen on several occasions to visit their daughter, Janet, and their grandchildren.
He was admitted to the Belford three weeks ago because of the serious change in his condition, and he passed gently into the presence of God last Monday morning, November 3rd., well prepared with all the sacraments.
His death has come as a great shock to the village and to his many friends as he was so well-
Ken was very much a Lochaber man, born in Fort William, where he went to school and made so many friends. At an early age, he joined the Harrison Shipping Line, and was a member of the crew of the Explorer. This was the sister ship of the famous Politician which ran aground off Eriskay during a storm with a cargo of thousands of cases of deluxe whisky, and was the source of the famous film Whisky Galore!
Ken’s ship, the Explorer, also carried whisky all over the world, but did not follow the history of its sister ship and run aground off Eriskay where they would have received a great welcome from the people! Ken came ashore on leave after two years at sea, and it was then he met Tina, so he quickly dropped anchor, and they were married.
He was employed very quickly at the Pulp Mill, and the management made use of his skill and knowledge to promote him in time to an important position, and when, after 30 years, he decided to take early retirement in his late fifties, the management showed their appreciation to him for the valuable work he did, and for also the good will he engendered among the staff.
He and Tina received an immense shock when their daughter Janet was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and this really was to change their lives for ever. They were so caring in the regular visits they made to Janet in hospital and when she was allowed home convalesce, and things were not always easy. They just so loved their on grandchildren, Logan and Charlie.
Then Catherine was also admitted hospital in Glasgow to undergo surgery, and this was a further immense worry to them; they made many visits to Glasgow and spent some tine with Catherine while she was convalescing. It was truly such a difficult and emotional time for Ken and Tina, but they found the strength to cope and support their daughters Janet’s death took a great toll on Ken and Tina, and it was with immense sorrow that they returned from the funeral service in Aberdeen, especially because of their grandchildren whom they left behind, and to whom they were so devoted, for they head lost their mother at such an early age.
I am sure Janet was there in heaven to welcome her father when God called Ken into his presences early last Monday morning.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
In Flanders Field -
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
the crosses, row on row, mark our place;
and in the sky larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
and were loved, and now we lie,
in Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw the torch;
be yours to hold it high.
ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
in Flanders fields.
The 11.30 a.m. Mass today will be said for dead of the great world wars, and all who still grieve for them.