Donald Jones (20 Apr 1949 - 19 Dec 2020)

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Location
Bansley Crematorium Doncaster Road, Barnsley. S71 5EH
Date
19th Jan 2021
Time
2.30pm
Funeral Director
W Flint Funeral Service

Don jones passed away on the 19th of December 2020 following a very long battle with Prostate Cancer.

Don was born in Barnsley, and a very proud Yorkshire man.

Don was married to Judith, his wife of 49 years. They enjoyed travelling together. Some of their farther flung holidays including China, India, Hawaii, Cuba - the list of adventures is long! Don and Judith also enjoyed UK and European holidays in the camper van and more recently in their caravan.

Don and Judith have two children, Zena and Matthew, and two grandsons Daniel and William who also enjoyed going on holiday with their grandparents in the summer.

He was the oldest of 4 brothers, Ian, Barclay and Edwin Jones who will miss him terribly. They were all close as children growing up, and close as adults, keeping in regular touch and going out for their annual drinking session on the anniversary of their fathers death, where they frequented as many pubs as possible that their Dad would have also visited.

Don’s main passion in his life was his brass band, and playing for Unite the Union Brass Band. He loved his band life, and dedicated himself to the band and his music, Don was a phenomenal musician and through the years played Trumpet before moving onto his final love, his Tuba, who he called Bertha.

Don worked for many years at Naylor Industries as a kiln firer. After being made redundant after many years of service, Don decided to take a change of career direction and became a professional carer, working to look after people in need of support at home. He loved his career with Crossroads care agency, and made many friends there.

Don has left a huge hole in many of our lives that will never be filled. He was a humble man with no idea of just how much he was loved by so many different people. He would have been astounded at the outpouring of love following his death.
He was a husband, dad, grandad, brother, bands man, carer and friend to so many and was recently described as a gentle giant, the perfect description for him.

We are heart broken to have lost him, and cannot imagine how our future will look without him in it.

Rest in peace Dad. We love you all of the world.

Xxxx

Steve Machin donated £20 in memory of Donald

You will be greatly missed Don. I’m sure I’ll still be able to hear you shouting “Play up Baritones”!! from that Bass chair in the sky.
I learned a lot from you and hope to pass it on, thank you.
You live on in our hearts. Rest in Peace.

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Isobel Lowe donated £20 in memory of Donald
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Isobel Lowe wrote

What a privilege it was to play alongside such a talented musician and true gentleman for much of my banding career. You will be missed Don xx

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Paul Jagger donated in memory of Donald

Sending Love

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ALAN & KARIN BRENTNALL donated £50 in memory of Donald

We are so privileged to have known Don and to hold so many great memories of our times together in different bands. Goodbye old pal, see you in the brass band in the sky.

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Rosey & Gavin Somerset donated in memory of Donald
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Rosey, Gavin & Glenn Somerset wrote

As parents we will always be thankful Don, for taking Gavin under your wing, watching out for him when he first joined Stocksbridge Band. You will always be remembered for your smile and kind words, always thinking of others first. Sleep easy Don.. with love Rosey, Gavin & Glenn xxx

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Amber Lewis-Roberts wrote

It was a pleasure and a privilege to play alongside Don these past 5 years. I'll miss him, his stories and his jokes, both in and out of the bandroom. A really lovely gent and fabulous bandsman. RIP Don xx

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Amber Lewis-Roberts donated £30 in memory of Donald
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James Eberlin donated £20 in memory of Donald
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James Eberlin wrote

Farewell old pal. I miss you. I'm devastated that I can't now attend the funeral service but I'll be watching the stream and remembering all the good times we shared.

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Carolyn Oxley donated £10 in memory of Donald
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John Grayson wrote

Don you are an absolute legend, such a great friend and bandsman , you will be greatly missed.

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Cynthia Layte wrote

Don was a good friend to my husband Raymond and has been friends many years, really a very sad lose, we send love to Judith, Zenna, and Matthew xx

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James Broadhead donated £20 in memory of Donald

Couldn't meet a nicer bloke, such charisma, such skill, a musician and entertainer. Always had a one liner which would make you laugh. Rip Don xxx

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Dave &Nicki Leak donated £20 in memory of Donald
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Dave &Nicki Leak wrote

A true gent, friend and bandsman. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by many. Xx

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David and Brenda Mann donated £20 in memory of Donald

I have known Don for 50 years, he was the best Eb player I ever partnered. He was fun to be with both in the band and in the pub. We enjoyed many quiz nights at the Lodge (with his Mum). Our condolences to all the family. Don will always be remembered with a smile.

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John Roberts donated £30 in memory of Donald
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John Roberts wrote

Please accept my condolences
I was Don’s conductor at Unite and Barnsley bands over many years and I can state that Don was one of the very best musicians I have ever worked with.
JohnR

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Gemma Grayson wrote

Don was such a wonderful man, much loved by everyone. An inspirational bandsman, a true gentleman and always a cheeky twinkle in his eye! The bandroom won't ever be the same, but we'll always have Don on our shoulder, safe in the knowledge he'd be telling us what we had played wrong! I'll always call Czardas 'Don's solo', no one will ever play it better! xXx

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Pam Jones wrote

Missed but never forgotten

Pam & Ned

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Pam Jones donated £50 in memory of Donald
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Susan &jeff Sarah Barry and Sophie Goddard donated £40 in memory of Donald

Don was a very special man who will be sadly missed so much

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Susan &jeff Sarah Barry and Sophie Goddard wrote

Such a sad loss don was a very big part of our family and will be missed so much

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Barclay and Valerie Jones lit a candle
Barclay and Valerie Jones wrote

Will Certainly miss you big bro, make sure they get their harps in tune and say hello to mum and dad for us, until we meet again, love you.

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Barclay and Valerie Jones donated £20 in memory of Donald

Never to be forgotten, missed so much by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

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