Jerry Paul Jones passed away of heart failure on July 4, 2013, in Iroquois, just as he would have wanted, with his helmet on his head and his buddy Bosco nearby.
His desire was to be cremated and sprinkled to the wind behind his motorcycle.
His great friends in Canada will be sending him out with love, laughter and tears to travel the winds throughout eternity.
His wishes were that there be no formal service.
Jerry Paul was born September 6, 1942, in Meridian, Texas to Raymond and Prudence Jones.
He was raised in Lanham, Texas and went to school in nearby Fairy.
He lived in many places in his lifetime, but he always came back to Lanham.
He spent his past 10 years as a dual citizen of Canada/United States, spending the summer months in Canada and the winter months in Lanham.
Over the years he worked for Pier 1 Imports, Hilti Tools, Century 21, and had his own business in property management in Arlington.
His greatest love was working with his hands and making his many chainsaw carvings. He also made the famous Lanham Zoo, where he welded and created metal animals out of old farm equipment.
Many of his artworks can still be seen in the area.
He was a traveller, going all over North America, never really settling down anywhere.
He loved to dance and never met a stranger. He enjoyed life and made the most of every second he had.
Jerry Paul lived his life to the fullest and will be remembered for his sense of humour, his dancing, his crafts and his love of his family.
He was preceded in death by many, including his father Raymond Jones, his sister Joyce Faye Jones Andrews, and his loving dog Peanut.
Survivors in Texas include his mother, Prudence Sellers Jones, of Lanham; daughter PJ Jones of Hamilton; son Jerry Glen Jones of Dallas; granddaughter Jennifer Marcum and her husband Jake and the great-grandkids Lanie and Logan, of Hamilton; his sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Don Bullard of Fairy; his brother and sister-in-law Don and Pam Jones of Hamilton; his aunt Joy Sellers Wilson of Houston; his uncle Wesley Jones of Lanham; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He will be greatly missed by his adopted Canadian family Rosemarie and Paul Hill and kids, as well as close friends Bill Veley, Steve and Gail Way, and so many others he shared great times with every day.
Cards can be left in the mail slot at Unit 1, 25 County Road 31, Morrisburg, or mailed to Box 860, Morrisburg K0C 1X0 for forwarding to his family.