Death of former Mayor Dick Jones

The late Mayor of Waterford, Dick Jones.

The late Mayor of Waterford, Dick Jones.

We regret to inform readers of the death of former Mayor of Waterford Richard ‘Dick’ Jones of Shealeen, Passage Road, who died last week following a short illness. He was 91 years of age.
Originally from Ballybricken, Mr Jones served as Mayor of the city in 1983; his brother Billy also served as First Citizen
Dick was a boxing champion during The Emergency, as his friend and admirer Eddie Wymberry recalled last week.
“He always put Waterford first and it would be fair to say that he had blue and white blood running through his veins,” said Eddie.
“He would attend functions and if there was half a chance he would try and get something that would be beneficial for the city that he loved while attending those events.
“He was one of the main people who secured the land for the Regional College as it was known then and also land for Ardkeen Hospital.
“Dick would never stop if something positive was on the cards for Waterford and he would fight until he secured a good deal for the city and perhaps he is the last in a chain of wonderful characters who served Waterford during their time in politics. It would be fair to say that he always delivered for Waterford.”
Mr Jones’s remains were removed from Tom Hennessy’s Funeral Home, Johnstown on Tuesday, September 9th at 6.30pm to St Joseph and Benildus Church, Newtown.
Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, September 10th at 10.30am and burial took place afterwards in Butlerstown Cemetery. He is survived by his siblings, four children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Waterford City & County Council rose in silence as a mark of respect to the former Mayor during last Thursday’s monthly meeting. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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