Thomas F. Jones died Sunday morning, May 23, nine days after turning 84. Tom was graced by the time he had at the end of his life to say goodbye to his family. Tom was born in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Arthur Hills High School where he earned All-State honors in both basketball and football. A gifted athlete, Tom was diagnosed over 20 years ago with Parkinson’s, the disease that ended his life.
Tom graduated from the University of Michigan Business School in 1959, and joined his father’s Grand Rapids Forging and Steel Company. He became a respected executive expanding the company to steel service centers in Saginaw and Traverse City. Tom served as an active board member with Mary Free Bed, the Peninsular Club, and Kent Country Club. He became a member in YPO, the Young Presidents Organization for successful businesses run by people under age 45.
Tom is survived by Margy, his wife of 52 years, and five children: PK (Darrell) Mason, Lisa Jones, Peter Jones, Steve (Amy) Rockwell, and Ali (Gunter) Seeger. His grandchildren are Katie, Steve, Trevor, Libby, Claire, Eric, Grace, Jay, Simon, Bennett, Burke, Gage, Tate, and great-grands Timo and Earl.
Proud of his family, Tom was preceded in death by his parents Vern and Ann Jones, brother Dave Jones and daughter Jane Jones.
A private family service will be held. The family invites friends for a reception at Kent Country Club from 12:30pm - 3pm on Wednesday June 2, 2021. Memorial donations for Tom can be made to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Foundation or Mary Free Bed.
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