It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Walt Jones, WN3LIF. Walt passed on Monday, June 22nd, at Scranton Regional Hospital.
Walt was a Vietnam Veteran and had been awarded the Purple Heart as well as other honors while serving as a Special Forces Officer.
Walt spoke often of his wife, Jan, “The Lady of the Jones Manor” and loved going for walks with his dog, Taffy. He never neglected his family and friends.
Walt served on the ARRL Field Staff as our Section Emergency Coordinator. He built ARES in East Pennsylvania into the outstanding organization it is today. Walt WAS the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in the Eastern Pennsylvania Section. He was always ready to lend a hand to County Emergency Coordinators to overcome any problem. Everyone knew they could always count on Walt.
I always told Walt that his work made me look good. Walt didn’t work for accolades and seemed embarrassed by praise.
Walt visited every ARES group in East PA and made significant contributions to each.
Every Sunday evening Walt published his EPA Section ARES Weekly Bulletin which everyone looked forward to. True to form, this past Sunday, although feeling “a little under the weather”, Walt sent out his last newsletter.
I was privileged to work closely with Walt as Section Manager and valued his friendship and advice. Walt was a “self-starter”. I could ask him to take on any project and knew it would be completed in an outstanding manner.
Walt was known throughout the American Radio Relay League for his skill and devotion to Public Service. His reputation spread far and wide. I never encountered anyone who didn’t have high praise for Walt.
Above all else, Walt was a “People Person.” He was always willing to lend a hand with any task.
Walt leaves big shoes to fill and no one will ever replace him. We will all miss Walt signing out of nets with his trademark “WN3LIF, Life Is Fun.”
Walt was a member of the Murgas Amateur Radio Club and served on the Board of Directors.
His passing is a great loss to the Murgas Amateur Radio Club, Luzerne County ARES, the EPA Section, Luzerne County EMA, to his friends in competitive shooting, and to those lucky to call him friend. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Jan and the rest of his family. Thank for sharing Walt within us.
Below is the obituary notice from The Citizens Voice.
Walter T. Jones, 69, of Duryea, passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 22, 2020, in Regional Hospital of Scranton.
Services will be privately held and at the convenience of the family.
Interment will be in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Elmhurst.
Published in Citizens’ Voice on June 23, 2020
Here is the funeral notice:
Rest in Peace, W.T. “Walt” Jones, WN3LIF, SK, June 22nd, 2020 a better friend no one ever had.
George Miller, W3GWM
Eastern PA Section Manager