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David W. Jones
April 17, 1941 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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David W. Jones, age 82, of Wickliffe, passed away January 12, 2024. David was born April 17, 1941 in Madisonville, KY to the late Rockford and Norene (nee Williams) Jones.
David was the beloved husband of the late Beverley (nee Ridley); dearest father of Laura Jones-Dineen and stepfather of Mark Modica; devoted grandfather of Eryn and Caitlyn Dineen.
On a trek to find himself toward the end of the "Beatnik" days, Dave left home in Evansville, Indiana and pursued a path of existential inquiry. Traveling the nation, he visited tiny towns and sprawling cities, experiencing culture, and examining the threads that made communities - - the bonds that bind us. He recorded all his writings and submitted his experiences to writing contests, ultimately gaining attention from publishers at some of the "big" newspapers, like the Washington Post and NYT. One particular piece that gained Dave national attention was when he followed a soldier during the Vietnam War, where he documented an 18-year-old soldier's day-to-day life. The soldier was killed; Dave received a writing award. He declined the honor, saying, "You rewarded the wrong person." Dave's integrity was the core of his being.
Always a "small town boy," Dave preferred to be closer to home, landing gigs at the Indianapolis Times and Sandusky Register. In the late 60's, he made his final home in Lake County, Ohio, where he was a journalist and editor with the News-Herald for 45 years. It is where Dave's fondness of community came through, and his journalism focused on all things Lake County, from education to politics and every community event in between. Throughout his career, he was invited to join media giants across America, but his polite response was, "My home is in Wickliffe, Ohio." He lived there almost 54 years.
Dave loved our community, and he loved the people he wrote about. From Presidents to city councils, he made lifelong friends. His writing reflected the admiration he had for the people who made up Lake County, his favorite being Lake County Commissioner, Jack Platz.
But it wasn't just that Dave was a good journalist, it's more that he was a great, but simple man. Kind and humble, he didn't pollute his life with excess. He shied away from the highlife and preferred the serenity of his home. His joys were playing Scrabble in the backyard and watching the sunset with Beverley at their beloved Lakefront Lodge in Willowick.
And Dave loved crossword puzzles. It seems that he went through a crossword book every week. Amazingly, he worked on a crossword just before his passing. While gathering his belongings, the crumbled book was found wrapped in his favorite blanket, still with the torn sheet of paper he used to mark where he left off. The writing was faint and almost illegible, but the scribbled answers were correct. A heartfelt treasure his daughter will forever remember.
Dave saved this quote from his favorite poet, Dylan Thomas: Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.
Indeed, life is good. Enjoy the little things, because you'll someday realize they were the big things.
A private graveside service was held for David at Concord Township Cemetery.
Arrangements by Orlando-Donsante-Previte Funeral Home of Wickliffe (440) 943-2466.