March 1, 1924 – January 8, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce Phil’s unexpected passing at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Phil was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Lucy (Smith) Jones; his much loved brother, Owen Douglas Jones; sister Elizabeth (Betty) Pineault; and niece Diana (Lawrence) Isaac. He is fondly remembered by his sister-in-law, Jean (Stirrett) Jones, and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed by Owen’s children: Glyn (Susan) Jones, Sylvia (Jonathan) Cutmore, Trevor Jones, and Donna Jones, and by Elizabeth’s children: Sharlene (Philip) Cross, Barbra Willis, Brian Pineault and Kathryn (Gary) Medcalf. His interest in genealogy and family history will bond the remaining Smith/Jones in his memory. Phil was born in Prince George and moved to Smithers in 1937. He graduated from UBC in 1948 with a BSc, majoring in horticulture. At the University of Wisconsin he attained an MSc in entomology (1956) and a PhD in entomology with a minor in plant ecology (1963). Phil served in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve-Signals Branch from 1944 to ’45. His professional career started in 1964 as assistant professor of entomology at South Dakota State University. Moving back to Canada in 1974, Phil worked for Niagara Chemicals. In 1977 he moved to Ottawa to join Environment Canada as a senior scientist, transferring to the Vancouver office in 1992. He then retired to Vernon in November 1993. Phil had a passion for photography and all things outdoors, especially skiing. He was a life member of the North Okanagan Naturalist Club, of which he was a founding member. In addition, Phil served on the executive of the BC Agrologists. Recent projects included important documentation of the history of the Bulkley Valley. Phil will be greatly missed by his wide network of friends and acquaintances.