Dr. Robert Harold Jones

June 4, 1936 - June 20, 2013
Dr. Robert Harold Jones

Dr. Robert Harold Jones, age 77, of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.

He was born in Rome, NY on June 4, 1936 to the late Harold James Jones and Mary Regner Jones.

Bob earned his BA Degree from the State University of New York in Potsdam, and his Doctor of Musical Arts from Stanford University. He taught music and conducted the Jubilee Singers at Fisk University in Nashville, TN for several years. Then for 17 years, he was on the faculty at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY until his retirement in 1987. He then relocated to Oak Island, NC, and formed a catering company, Chefs-for-a-Day, with Gail Berry. In 1997 he retired for the second time and moved to the Woods at Holly Tree in Wilmington. At Holly Tree he organized a concert series “Sunday Musicales” which brought many local professional musical artists to perform at Holly Tree for the residents and guests there.

He is survived by two sisters, Betty Phillips of Clinton , NY, and Mary Lou Hall (Roy) of Rome, NY; one brother, Rod Jones of Clinton, NY along with two nephews and one niece, and their families, and his friend Gail Berry of Wilmington.

To honor his wishes, no memorial services are planned.

At the request of his family memorial donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1406 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • June 24, 2013
    Jeanie Sparagna says:
    There are no words to express my sadness at Bob's passing. He was a dear sweet friend, and we shared many good times at The Woods. He was one of a kind, and blessed everyone with his joyful music. One of my fondest memories of Bob is the year I directed the Christmas choir and he guided me every step of the way. I loved him so much, as a friend and a confidante. My condolences to Gail, and to his family and friends. He will be so very missed.

  • June 23, 2013
    Barbara Gallagher-Ferreri says:
    Bob was a wonderful person and an excellent musician. He was also very supportive and helpful to other musicians, and was truly an asset to the Wilmington music community. He will be missed! I am grateful to have known him. Please accept my sincere condolences on his passing. Sincerely, Barbara

  • June 29, 2013
    Dr. Ted Linn and Carol says:
    Bob was a good friend and teacher. We sang in the chorus with him for a number of years at SLU. We visited him at his home in NC and enjoyed our continued friendship every XMas. He will be missed.

  • June 23, 2013
    Dr George and Victoria Scontsas says:
    Dr Bob Jones was a friend of Mrs Nikki Scontsas for many years at The Woods at HollyTree. She now resides at another facility due to failing health but always referred to Bob as The Minister of Music at Holly Tree! He was such a lovely man.Our condolences to your family.

  • October 01, 2013
    Kenneth Whipkey says:
    Bob was a dear friend and always a joy to be with. He knew so much about so many things. My late wife and I so appreciated his help to us through the years. I am so sorry that I just learned of his death. The world will miss him and his music. May he rest from his labors. Ken Whipkey