David E. Jones Sr., passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021, at Cape Canaveral Hospital, Cocoa Beach, Florida. He was the son of the late John W. Jones Jr. and Desdemona Jones Caruso.
David was born in Utica, NY, on July 13, 1951. He lived his early years in Utica, then moved to Clinton, NY, in 1957. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1970, the President of the Student Council.
His first college degree in 1974, from Syracuse University at Utica College, was a BA in English. He then ran the Betsy Ross Health Related Facility from 1974 until 1996 as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He was a Fellow in American College of Nursing Home Administrators, and was President of District 7 of the New York State Nursing Home Association for years. He owned several nursing homes in New York State. His unique way of thinking as well as his love for the elderly was evident by his advocacy for them.
David earned his Private Pilot’s License in Rome, NY, in 1979. Calling it “the joy of his life,” he had some adventures to tell his friends and family for years to come.
David and his family moved to Florida in the 1990s. It was there he earned another college degree, a BFA in Art, cum laude, at the University of Central Florida in 1999. He then went on to get his Master’s in Fine Art at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont in 2003.
Along the way, as his art career flourished, he opened Art Space Coast in Orlando, Florida; Art Space Coast in Cape Canaveral, Florida; and Space D’Arte in New York City, NY. David made Honorable Mention for his design of the World Trade Center Memorial with a wonderful rendition of what he thought the families, the public and the world would love to see, visit and respect. He also sold his art at The Princess Grace Art Exhibit in Manhattan in 2003.
David is survived by his wife, Megan Murphy Jones; his sons, David E. Jones Jr. (Amy), David Mondrick (Rachel), and Alexander Jones. He is also survived by his grandson, John W. Jones VI; sister, Judi Jones Calnan (Michael) in South Carolina; sister, Patty Dillon of Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, John W. Jones V; his brother, John W. Jones IV; and his parents-in-law, Donald and Elizabeth Murphy.
There will be a Memorial Service and Mass said at St. Paul’s Church, 1807 Bedford St., Rome, NY, at 11 a.m. on June 23, 2021.