James L. Jones

Nov 26, 2018
James Jones

Warren — James Lincoln "Jay" Jones, 64, passed away Thursday , Nov. 22, 2018, in Portland with his loving family by his side. Jay (as he liked to be called) was born in Winsted, Conn., April 5, 1954, to parents John Jones and Carol Dudley Jones.

Jay attended schools in Connecticut and after graduation he chose to travel. He went to California and eventually came to Maine, where he settled and raised his family. Never one to sit idle Jay found work as a mussel harvester, a painter, a laborer, and most of all, he was a seasoned carpenter. He was always striving for perfection in his carpentry skills and never settled for average -- it had to be right!

Jay was an avid reader and some of his favorite pastimes were watching old movies, playing horseshoes, golfing and above all else he loved fishing and rooting for his beloved Patriots football team. Jay also enjoyed talking politics, being outdoors, camping and for those who got to view his flowers, his rock garden that he worked so tirelessly on each season.

His family recalls him as being a little on the stubborn side, and a little cantankerous, but he was really a sweet soul, often seen as quiet and reserved.

Jay was predeceased by his parents, his brother Keenan Jones, his sister Katie Bradshaw and a stepbrother, Kent.

Left to cherish Jay’s memory is his partner of 27 years, Bernice “Bunny" Gieseman, of Warren;, his sons, Jonathan Jones, James Jones and Jason Jones, all of Waldoboro; his daughter, Katherine “Bobbi-Jo” Jones of Waldoboro; as well as his sister, Jenny Jones, of Colorado and a stepsister, Alison Andrade, of Washington; along with half-brothers Chris Gainley of Conn., and Jeff Roberts of Florida. Jay also had a special Aunt Barb, whom he fondly referred to as his second mom. He is also survived by Bunny's children, Tammy Smith of Rockland, Tina Gieseman and her partner, Isaac Rhode, of Rockland and Tracy Mills and husband Chris of Warren. He had the pleasure of being grampy to 12 gradchildren and a great-grandchild, along with many nieces, nephews and many friends.

Jay’s wishes were that he be cremated and a memorial service be held in the spring of 2019 at his and Bunny's home in Warren. The date and time will be announced.

Arrangements are with Hall’s of Thomaston. To extend online condolences, visit hallfuneralhomes.com.

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