Richard Allen Jones, 70, of Palm Bay, FL formerly of Pittsburgh, PA (Brookline) passed away September 12, 2020 peacefully in his sleep at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne FL at 1:37 a.m. from complications of a heart disease. He was born on November 5, 1949 in Nestorville, WV to William Ray and Flora Mae (Summerfield) Jones Jr., who have preceded him in death. He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 41 years Linda L (Kramer) Jones.
“Rich” was an avid sports fan, he LOVED his Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. He loved to watch Golf and old western movies. After retiring from Verizon where he worked for 48 years, he spent some time traveling. His favorite two trips were his trips to Jamaica and when he took a cross country trip with his best buddy Cyndi. But most of all, he loved to spend time with his family, where he would tell amazing stories, make jokes, and just smile with pride as he looked at the family he created. He always said, “The best time was with family.”
He was a member of the Dallas Lodge #231 where he was a Past Master twice and also a long standing treasurer. Rich was a proud 32 degree Scottish Rite member of The Valley of Pittsburgh, a member of the Syria Shrine. He was also member of the North Hill chapter Order of The Eastern Star #526 where he was a Past Patron twice.
He will be sorely missed by his daughters and son-in-law, Bobbie Lynn (Jones) and Patrick Eichensehr, Shari Palmer, both of Palm Bay, FL Patricia Quarry (DeeDee Dickson) of Pittsburgh, PA. Rich is also survived by his “Lady” of 4 years Linda Hayes of Palm Bay, FL and his loving sister Ellen J. (Jones) McCaskey of Palm Bay, FL.
Granddaughters, Kristin (Shane) McCaskey, Tristina BM 2 (SW) USN RET. (Petty Officer 1st Class BM1 (SW/AW) Richard O.) Kelly, both of Palm Bay, FL, Crystalee (Tony) Schane of Elizabeth, PA, Tiffany Quarry of Soma, Japan, and Jacob (Melena) Quarry of Pittsburgh, PA. His Great Grandchildren Landon J., Elizabeth L, and Makeylah R. McCaskey, Jerica A. Wright, of Oregon, Ariona E. Rosati, Lillian M. and James A.A. Kelly, Ethan C., Jacey D., Mason A. Childers, Austin A., Aiden E. Acelen T. and Nova L. Schane.
Rich was like a father to nephew Jody (Leslie) Self of Phoenix AZ, an amazing uncle to Darryll J. (Viktoria) Giannakos of Rockledge, FL, Jessica (Richard) Holsinger of Owings Mills, MD, Julia A. McCaskey of West Mayfield, PA, William J. McCaskey of New Brighton, PA., Amy L. Helms, Cristol L. Abbott, William R. (Gina) Helms of Pittsburgh PA, Samantha Jones of Keenen, N.H and Odis R. Jones Jr of Butler, PA
He was preceded in death by his brother Odis Ray Jones Sr., Grandson Mark Albert Michelotti Jr II, his dearly beloved sister-in-law and travel buddy Cynthia A. (Kramer) Giannakos, and his nephew/godson Gary W. Self Jr.
“Rich” was a great, funny, caring, generous, compassionate and loving family man. People loved that he was always a gentleman. He will be greatly missed by his large extended family and many friends that he loved dearly.
Memorial visitation will be on Friday October 9, 2020 from 2 – 7p.m. at Frank F. DeBor Funeral Home, Inc. 1065 Brookline Blvd Pittsburgh, Pa. 15226. (412)561-0380.
Burial will follow on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 at 1p.m. at Davis Cemetery, Blackwater Falls Rd. Davis, WV. 26260
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made in Rich’s name to the Shiner Hospital for Children at 1645 W. 8th St. Erie, Pa. 16505 or the Children’s Dyslexia Center at 359 Masonic Way Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237. All donations made to the family will be donated between these two charities which were near and dear to his heart.