Obituary of Henry Frederick Jones Jr.
A wonderful husband, dad and Pop Pop and the patriarch of our family, Henry (Buddy) Jones passed away unexpectedly on December 5, 2019. He was 78 years old.
Henry was born in Camden, NJ to the late Henry and Dorothy (Higgins) Jones and was stepson of the late John Fiumenero. He was also predeceased by his wife’s parents, the late Anthony and Catherine Cirullo, who loved him as a son and his late brother-in-law Michael Cirullo. Henry spent his childhood in Kingston, NJ. After marriage, he lived in Princeton, and finally Lawrenceville, for the past 45 years.
Henry was a member of Carpenter’s Local #781 – Princeton and served as Business Representative for 17 years. He retired in 1996. He was also a volunteer firefighter for Mercer Engine Company #3 in Princeton for many years.
The epitome of a family man, Henry was always ready to support his wife, children and grandchildren in all their endeavors. A skilled woodworker, he produced many cherished items for family and friends. His backyard Koi pond gave him many hours of pleasure and at times, frustration. He was an enthusiastic NASCAR fan. He enjoyed cruise vacations and especially enjoyed family summer shore vacations, 16 people in one house.
Henry was the #1 fan of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. He often proudly said “If I had a nickel for every game I went to, I would have lots of money.” He loved every minute of it and took delight in all their accomplishments.
A quiet man who faced many health challenges throughout his life, Henry did it with bravery, grace and dignity and a lot of wit. He had a wry sense of humor and could regale others with laughter.
Surviving Henry is his loving wife of 53 years, Frances Jones (Cirullo), his sons Henry (Rick) and wife Jennifer, Mark and wife Jennifer, daughters Karen Truban and husband Paul, Rebecca and husband Ray Pyontek. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Peyton, Alex and Kathryn Truban, Liz and Caitlin Jones and Nate Jones.
Also surviving are his brother Anthony (Tony) and wife Jeanette Fiumenero, and brother-in-law Anthony and wife Donna Cirullo. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends and his faithful canine companion Gracie.
We were blessed by his life and are grateful for the way he lived it and will cherish our many wonderful memories.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with funeral services immediately following at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ 08542. Interment will follow at Princeton Cemetery, 29 Greenview Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08542.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations may be made to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), P.O. Box 872, Trenton, NJ 08605, Homefront, 1880 Princeton Ave, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 or The Salvation Army, at salvationarmyusa.org.
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