Thomas “Tom” Jones, 83, passed away on December 24, 2021 after a courageous years long battle with Stage 4 cancer that he never let dampen his spirits or slow him down. His determination of not giving up was evident until his last breath.
Tom was born on January 30, 1938 and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in West Akron, attending St. Vincent and Hower High Schools. He was one of 7 children born to Gwillym H. and Ethel Jones. Akron was a big part of his life and he would often recount stories from his adolescent years, sparking laughter and nostalgia.
A resident of Norton since 1967, he shared his life with his beautiful wife Pat in a home he loved. While Tom spent over 35 years employed at the former Akron Barberton Belt Railroad, his true passion was restoring Volkswagens, spending his days from morning until night outside tinkering on his property, and decorating for the holidays. Tom was a storyteller, and you could never be in his prescence without hearing one.
Dedicating 16 years of service as Ward 1 Councilman for the City of Norton, his commitment to encourage growth and development in his community went far beyond his years of service. Tom held various roles and memberships over the years, including the Barberton Moose Lodge #759 where he was no stranger to telling a great story that surely ignited laughter during a card game.
Tom leaves behind a legacy of determination, persistence, and grit. A true connector, he was vocal yet could always lighten the conversation with a smile and a laugh, and no one was ever a stranger to him. He always lent a supporting hand or offered to help in any way possible, and was fiercely protective of his family.
Preceded in death by parents, Gwillym H. and Ethel (Borrell) Jones; sisters, Arline (Bill) Balch, Janice Otto, Shirley Henterly; brothers, William Jones and Robert (Shirley) Jones, and step-son, Dennis McKinney Jr.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Pat of 41 years; children, Kristen (Matt) Birkbeck, Jaquelyn (Gregg) Hall and stepdaughter, Tracey Storm. Along with seven grandchildren, Brenden, Sarah, Alyssa, Ella, Delaney, Lola and Wyatt. Other survivors include brother Jerry (Karen) Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 1p.m. Thursday, January 6th at Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd in Fairlawn, where friends may call 11-1. Private interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.
The family requests no flowers and appreciates your prayers and caring thoughts.