Robert L. Jones ’67 died on January 9, 2021 in Augusta, Maine.
(The following was published by Central Maine on January 16, 2021)
Robert “Rob” L. Jones passed away January 9, 2021, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta.
Rob spent many summers at his grandmother’s home on Chebeague Island when he was a child. After graduating from high school, he attended and graduated from Bowdoin College. Rob served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Maine was always where he wanted to live and in many respects he was a true Mainer. Rob retired from the State of Maine where he served in various positions including regional administrator and financial contract manager.
Rob was a quiet man who enjoyed solitude. In the summer, he could be seen sitting on the dock watching the sunset. He was the ultimate introvert but after a phone conversation with Tyla, there was always a bounce in his step.
Rob had many accomplishments. At age 16, he saved a man from drowning and earned a Red Cross Lifesaver Award. He built a house, was an avid gardener and an incredible cook. Rob was a volunteer at Mount Washington Observatory where he cooked meals for staff during the week of Thanksgiving. For many, many years, Rob worked with others to successfully improve the quality of East Pond. Rescuing injured birds for Avian Haven was one of his passions for the past ten years. Many raptors, loons and other species benefited from Rob’s rescues.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Jones of Smithfield; daughter, Tyla Nattress and husband Vincent of Langley, WA, step daughter, Rachel Hawkins and husband Jody of Pfafftown, NC, stepson Jose Lindsay of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Margaret and Molly of Langley, WA, stepgrandchildren, Braden and Soairse of Pfafftown, NC; brother-in-law, Gary Archibald and wife Cynthia of Scarborough.