Former city councillor, Rotarian, tireless community organizer and prominent rugby supporter Gareth Jones passed away suddenly on Dec. 31. He was 78.
In those few short years, the gregarious Welshman made many strides to build his adoptive home of St. Albert as not just a healthy suburban city but a strong and connected community. Apart from his time on city council, he offered untold hours of his labour and charm towards myriad volunteer activities spanning the breadth of culture and the arts, human services, and fundraising, not to mention sports.
He was one of the famous ‘Nervous Nine’ who not only contributed their administrative and promotional efforts, and then put their finances on the line as guarantors for the construction of the St. Albert Rugby Club back in 1985. From then on, he was a prominent a fixture in the clubhouse. For his work, he was given a Stars of Alberta award in 2011 and was inducted into the Alberta Rugby Hall of Fame in 2005, among many accolades. His absence will not go unnoticed by a great many.
A celebration of life will be held at the St. Albert Seniors Association (also known as Red Willow Place) on Friday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the St. Albert Seniors Association, St. Albert Victim Services or the St. Albert Food Bank.