Ron Jones Named Aston 2009 Citizen of the Year
Third Ward Commissioner Joseph P. Possenti Jr. proudly read a proclamation honoring Jones for his outstanding service to the township and surrounding community.
“This gentleman has always given his time and service to our community and we are proud that he chose Aston Township to reside and raise his wonderful family,” said Possenti. “This is an honor for you Ron, and a well-deserved honor. We appreciate all you have done.”
For most of his adult life, Jones has volunteered his time and talents to assist his community. The father of eight and grandfather of six, Jones is a member of the township planning commission, Veteran’s Memorial Garden Foundation Committee, and is a firefighter with the Aston-Beechwood Fire Company, where he has served several terms as president, and is a member of the Fire Police.
A Vietnam veteran, Jones was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Commendation of Valor Medal and was activated in operation Desert Storm. He retired from the Army in 1996.
In addition to being proclaimed Aston Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Jones was honored in March by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and presented with a flag that flew over the State Capitol building.
“I was very overwhelmed,” said Jones. “It was probably one of the most emotional times in my entire life. I was so honored to be standing in front of such a distinguished group of people.”
In what State Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, called “the fight of his life,” Jones has been battling liver cancer since September 2009.
Barrar said Jones exemplifies everything that is great about the communities in Pennsylvania.
“I want to thank Ron on behalf of all of the people of this Commonwealth for his service to our Commonwealth, his community and his country,” said Barrar.
Jones said he wished to express appreciation to the Aston Board of Commissioners and the State House of Representatives for the honors bestowed upon him.
“You know, the good Lord owes me nothing,” said Jones. “I have had a good run. I am married to a great woman, have eight wonderful children and six grandchildren whom I love dearly. I know that I am blessed. I am not going to give up fighting.”
*** Ron Jones died Aug. 28, 2010