Arthur “Art” C. Jones, 72, of Little Compton, formerly of Hyde Park and Norwood, Mass., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River. He was the husband of 25 years to Margaret “Mickie” A. (Nash) Jones.
Arthur was born in Boston, Mass., the son of the late Clinton and Anna (Kuczin) Jones. He was a graduate of Boston English class of 1959 and then from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1964. While at Northeastern, Art tended goal for hockey team.
He began his professional newspaper career as an editor at the Boston Globe, and went onto work for the Quincy Patriot Ledger, Boston Herald, Brockton Enterprise and the Fall River Herald News. Mr. Jones also taught English at Xaverian Brother’s High School in Westwood, Mass., for many years. While teaching he earned his master’s degree in English from Bridgewater State College.
Art played saxophone in the Harvey Robins Royalty of Doo Wop Band. Mr. Jones was the assistant beach commissioner for the Town of Little Compton and a founding member of the Little Compton Taxpayer’s Association. Arthur loved cats and had a part-time business called the “Cat Man” in which he would take care of other people’s cats while they were away. He was an avid cribbage and hockey fan.
Survivors are two brothers, Gerald ‘Chris” Jones of Braintree, Mass., and Peter Jones of Newton Highlands, Mass.; an aunt, Virginia Olsham of Walpole, Mass.; an uncle, Walter Kuczin of Norwood, Mass.; along with two nieces and a nephew.
Calling hours for Mr. Jones will be held on Monday from 3-6 p.m. in the Hathaway Home for Funerals, 1813 Robeson St., Fall River. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Saint John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport. Relatives and friends are invited; burial will be held privately. To light a memorial candle, sign guest book, facility or church directions, go to www.hathawayfunerals.com” or call 508 673-0781. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to either the Habitat for Cats, P.O. 79571 North Dartmouth, MA 02747, or the National Parkinson Disease Foundation 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800 Miami, FL 33131.