John C. Jones, 95, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  John C. Jones, 95, Watertown, passed away Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life gathering will follow the calling hours on Sunday at the Brownville American Legion, Brownville.

John was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Philadelphia, NY, a son to Reginald and Maryann Hutton Jones.

As a young man, John enjoyed working on his Aunt’s farm. Following his education, John served in World War II with the US Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga.

He married Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Randall in Watertown. She predeceased him.

Mr. Jones worked as a milk truck delivery driver in Watertown before going to work for  the City of Watertown in the electrical department for many years, retiring from there.  He operated the Brown Shanty on Mill Street in Watertown for several years.

John was a member of the American Legion and the Brownville Masonic Lodge.  He enjoyed fishing and  hunting camp with his grandson, Johnna’s McDonalds breakfast trips, boating and maintaining bird feeders. He liked scenic drives, snowmobiling, ice fishing and being with family and friends. He was a practical joker and last but not least, having a “tottie.”

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Ken Hayes, Theresa; his grandchildren Kenneth J. Hayes II, Theresa and Johnna (Dale) Whitten, PA; his great-grandchildren, Kaleb T. Hayes, Brysen and Lydia Whitten; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a granddaughter Anna M. Hayes, four brothers Paul, Robert, David, Donny and a sister Thelma Cheevers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

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