Brian Jones (23 Apr 1935 - 1 Jan 2021)

Funeral Service

Location
Vinters Park Crematorium Bearsted Road Maidstone K ENT
Date
10th Feb 2021
Time
1.15pm
Funeral Director
Viner & Sons

In loving memory of Brian Jones - 'The Voice of Brands Hatch'.

As Brian's family we are saddened to confirm that he slipped peacefully away during the evening of 1st January 2021 as a result of contracting the awful Covid virus. Whilst we are feeling lost and broken without him the overwhelming response from so many who have been touched by his love of life and love of people, brings us so much strength.

We would be incredibly grateful if you could share your photos, stories and experiences with this beautiful man and his love of being.

The last goodbye and funeral of Brian will be held at Vinters Park Crematorium, Bearsted Road, Maidstone, Kent on Wednesday 10th February 2021 at 13:15. This will unfortunately be a small family and invited guest only occasion, due to the awful Covid virus and lockdown restrictions. Flowers will be from family only but if you wish to make a contribution to Brian’s chosen charity, please donate to The British Heart Foundation via the following link.

https://giftofhope.bhf.org.uk/In-Memory/Brian-Jones

For those of you that would like to wave goodbye on the day, the funeral cortège will leave Brian & Ros’ home in West Kingsdown at 12 noon, proceed down towards the Brands Hatch main entrance, drive through Brands on Colin Chapman Way, pausing briefly at the Kentagon, before departing at the rear gate and driving directly to the crematorium via the A20 and M20 motorways. Please remember to adhere to all social distancing rules.

It is heartbreaking for some of the family that they won’t be able to attend, as it is for many friends. Therefore, we have arranged for the funeral to be streamed on-line and access to this can be found by clicking on the attached link and entering the username and password.

https://www.obitus.com/
Username: Moza9591
Password: 521117

We will be planning a celebration of Brian’s life and will provide more information on how we wish to honour Brian’s memory going forward, when restrictions are eased and all of those who loved him can come and raise a glass or two, laugh, share stories and remember him. We will give notice as soon as possible.

He will tell you not to mourn his passing but to celebrate, enjoy and laugh. Tell stories (loudly), embrace and see the good in everything and everyone. This of course should be done as if charging relentlessly and fearlessly into Paddock Hill Bend at his beloved Brands Hatch, "high, wide and handsome".

With love,
Ros, Charlotte, Fay & Tim.

PLEASE NOTE THAT BRANDS HATCH IS SHUT TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, IF YOU WISH TO PAY RESPECTS, PLEASE DO SO ALONG THE MAIN ROAD FROM WEST KINGSDOWN TO BRANDS HATCH.

Sadie Duclos-Bryce wrote

I met Brian in 1970 as I joined Brands Hatch staff he became both mentor and friend. So many happy memories . Brilliant at his work and precious to me as he dined here and knew my late husband.
One summer we had a meal at Gildersleeves in the conservatory with Norman , Tara my daugher(later Paul Jackson’s wife Isport International) We let
Guinea Pigs rule . As the evening progresses more wine more wine Brian saw flash s if fur crittersWe ignored this in the end when Brian stood up said he was seeing things. Finally we came clean.
Much mourned much missed much loved

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Phil Wells wrote

It was with great sadness that I learned of the loss of Brian. As a keen spectator I responded to his call in the mid 1980s for a volunteer to help out on race days at Brands Hatch. I never expected to spend the next seven years working closely with him in the old commentary box over the start line straight. It was a great pleasure and privilege to see the Master at work close up.
Brian was very generous by nature and he always found time to talk to people, no matter how busy he was. He treated everybody alike, no matter their background. He had time for everybody.
Whilst working with Brian I often met Ros and Charlotte. I send my sincere condolences to them and the other members of his family.

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Brian slightly hidden on the podium car

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Dee Edwards wrote

We are all so much poorer for your leaving but oh so much richer for having known your wonderful friendship. Goodnight, God bless you lovely man. Love to your wonderful family xx

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David Brookstein wrote

It was an honour to call you a friend. A true English Gentleman.

Our love and thoughts are with your family.
David & Jackie

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Nigel Tomlinson wrote

Like many others I remember Brian very fondly. I remember an afternoon interviewing J P as Brian’s guest with great enjoyment though I was not good at the task . With deepest sympathy. Nigel

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My deepest condolences to Brian’s family for their terrible loss. I was so fortunate to meet Brian at the Kentagon with his Brands Hatch Family on the day he retired, I was also spectating on the day he started in 1975. I will never forget him.❤️

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Chris Valentine wrote

I knew Brian for a number of years and was delighted to run into him, especially at Brands, whether supporting Britcar events or commentating on my own racing. He was always friendly and cheery and his passing is a great loss to British motorsport.

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Lucy Brooks wrote

Rest in peace Brian. You may be gone from sight but you will never leave our hearts. Forever loved and always remembered. Your presence will always be with us.

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Lorina McLaughlin wrote

Dear Brian has been a part of my life ever since I first started racing in a Formula Ford at Brands Hatch and still enjoyed his company more recently having drinks in the BRDC campsite. Back in the day, I'll never forget him acting as Cupid when my then boyfriend Jeremy Gambs and I had split up by announcing over the tannoy to the world at large on Jeremy's behalf "missing you Lori, please come back, all is forgiven!" My sincere condolences to all the family. I will miss you and never forget you Brian, RIP

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Gemma Body wrote

Growing up I never realised you were quite the household legend that you are. Although I spent many a weekend at Brandshatch with your distinctive voice in the background, my days were spent not appreciating the racing but running up and down the corridors outside with my sisters and Charlotte! I will always remember your low, rumbling laugh and your big bear hugs. Sleep well dear Brian, it was a pleasure and an honour xxx

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Glenn Board wrote


Apparently Bria had a photo of my Van Dieman RF83 mounting the back of his son Tim’s Royal at Brands Hatch, following on from this event Brian’s normally favourable comments about me stopped and were now then less complementary and I dreaded being at an event at Brands if Brian was commentating! fortunately as the 1984 season started Brian must have had a change of mind and the comments improved and were much better, this was very important as really to me he was Brands Hatch.

A friend of mine Tom Hicks often met Brian in the Rising Sun and scheduled a meet up for March 2020 where I wanted to have a debate about who’s fault the accident was! Unfortunately that Covid got in the way and I could not go, and as I live in Spain I Neve got another opportunity to do this, it will now always be a regret that I could not have chatted to Brian after so long.

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Louise Lawrence wrote

Dear Tim & family,

So many wonderful messages and beautiful memories have been shared about Brian over the last few weeks. I remember him as your Dad and an all round gentleman with just the tiniest glint of naughtiness in his gait. My heartfelt love to you my dear friend , together with all the well wishers around the world today, sending you strength and peace as you celebrate today this life of Brian, there I said it - I think he’d smile! , his passions, his hobbies, his family and friends. May he rest in tranquil peace.

Love Louise x

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Paula Hamilton wrote

Will never forget listening to Brian when working as a photographer at Brands Hatch. I last saw and chatted to him at the Clerk of the Course John Gregory Smith’s funeral in July 2019. Hope they have got together again at the ‘Circuit in the Sky’. Two Brands legends. Rest in Peace Brian

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