Retired Deputy Police Chief Richard L. “Dick” Jones passed away July 26, 2020, at Berkshire Medical Center.
Born April 3, 1933, on the Brush Hill family farm in Sheffield, he was the son of Morrison and Clementine Veronesi Jones. He was educated at local schools and a graduate of the former Searles High School in Great Barrington. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Ticonderoga and in the Naval Reserves. He became a patrolman for the Great Barrington Police Department in 1959 and later attended Berkshire Community College to receive a degree in law enforcement. He was appointed deputy police chief in 1973 and served 30 years on the force, a position he held with great pride.
Always eager to learn, he continued his education with a degree in computer programming and also became a home builder, toy maker, oil painter and a Civil War scholar. Richard was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Great Barrington for over 50 years. Richard married Elizabeth “Betty” Young Jones May 3, 1958, and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage together.
He leaves his beloved wife, Betty, and son Paul. He also leaves cousin Robert Jones and cousins Robert Jr. and Thomas Jones, and nieces Adeena and Holly. He was predeceased by son Richard Jr., his parents and brother Morrison Jones Jr.
There will be a graveside service Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Great Barrington. All are invited to attend and social distancing will be observed. Memorial contributions can be made to the Great Barrington Police Association or the Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad through the Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.