Oct. 26, 1925 – Dec. 25, 2012

Robert Reading Jones of Williamsville, a resident of Canterbury Woods and the Chautauqua Institution, died Dec. 25 at Oxford Village Health Center. He was 87.

Born in New Jersey, Mr. Jones grew up in Syracuse. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Jones settled in Snyder to join the Buffalo office of the Arthur E. Jones Co., a manufacturer’s representative company founded by his father, Arthur, that grew to have offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

Mr. Jones retired as head of the Jones Co. after more than a half-century career as a sales engineer of industrial equipment.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Jones remained true to his alma mater; he stayed active in the Buffalo chapter of the University of Rochester Alumni Association, where he led the scholarship committee for a number of years.

He was an active member of the Christ United Methodist Church.

Mr. Jones was an Eagle Scout who helped found Boy Scout Troop 292, a troop he also served as scoutmaster for many years.

Mr. Jones was also a founding member of Woodspring Club in Marilla and belonged to the Sitzmarker Ski Club and the Buffalo Ski Club in Colden.

Mr. Jones was active in sports, was an avid tennis player and was a supporter of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

Family members said he enjoyed playing bridge and duplicate bridge throughout his life, and was also fond of the arts. He was a gardener, a singer and a world traveler.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Ruth Hughes. His first wife, the former Helen Henry, died in 1980. Besides his wife, Mr. Jones is also survived by his four sons, Bruce, Craig, Douglas and Eric; and three stepdaughters, Susan Wilson, Marsha Whittington and Lise Mann.

A service celebrating Mr. Jones’ life was held Dec. 29 at Coventry Hall at Canterbury Woods.