GROVELAND — Abbott Olin Jones, 89, of South Groveland, died Monday, June 14, 2010 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, surrounded by his loving family, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Nottingham, N.H., June 25, 1920, he was the son of the late, Abbott E. and Sadie May (Bartlett) Jones. Moving to Haverhill as a young child, he attended Haverhill Public Schools and Haverhill Trade School. A veteran of World War II, Sargeant Jones was attached to the 583rd Signal Engineers of Company C, U.S. Army. He served in the South Pacific, receiving, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon W/B S ARH , Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and Victory medal.
Mr. Jones was a talented, self-made man of many accomplishments, he enjoyed life to the fullest. A devoted father, he never stopped working for his family. A jack of all trades, he was a mechanic, a carpenter, and even a pilot. He was a volunteer fireman for the town of Groveland for over 17 years, and was employed as a truck driver throughout his long career. He drove for the Lawrence Motor Line Co. in Bradford, servicing the Haverhill Paperboard Co. He was a member of Teamsters Local 437, Wilmington. He loved hunting fishing, skiing, and taking the family for drives throughout New England.
He leaves his former wife and best friend, Patricia H. (Purcell) Jones, of Groveland; two sons, Abbott Denis Jones, of Haverhill, and Craig D. Jones, of Lynn; two daughters, Elizabeth A. "Betty" and her husband, Gene Huberdeau, of South Groveland, with whom he lived, Kathleen S. Kimball - Jackson, of Haverhill; four grandchildren, Stacy P. Sullivan, Melissa L. Kimball, Elizabeth J. Cena, and G. Adam Huberdeau; three great-grandchildren, Haliegh and Olivia Sullivan, and Alasandra Antonakis; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Mears, North Conway, N.H., He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Raymond "Yaz" Jackson.