Dec. 9, 1941 – May 4, 2016
It is with great sadness that the family of Merfyn Jones announces his sudden passing, at the age of 74, on Wednesday May 4, 2016 at his home in Madeira Park as a result of cardiac arrest.
Merfyn was born December 9, 1941, son of John
David and Megan (Hughes) Jones in Cynwyd, Wales.
Merfyn leaves his beloved wife of 50 years Jacqueline
Jones, his children Heidi (Anton), Julie Nia (Dan),
Russell (Tess), John, his grandchildren Rhys, Rhian,
Tianna, Vincent, Colton, Courtnie, Jessey, Isabella,
Cooper, his great grandchildren Emilie, Jaylene, his
sisters, Enerys (Tengmeng), Gwenan (Tommy), Meriel
(Roger), and his brother Geraint (Nan). He is also
survived by loving nieces, nephews and a host of
In his early years he worked a team of Clydesdale
horses in the logging industry in Wales. He had his
first motorcycle at the age of 16 and had a passion for
British motorcycles ever since. Merfyn apprenticed for
Balfour Beatty as a lineman, and met Jackie in 1960.
In 1965 Merv and Jackie were married in Shrewsbury,
England and in 1968 emigrated to Canada with 3 children.
With a new baby in Canada, Merv continued his lineman
apprenticeship with BC Hydro and settled at the
Vanderhoof Hydro branch where he worked for over
20 years. He transferred to the Sechelt Hydro and retired
from BC Hydro at the age of 60. Still young and
full of energy he spent another 5 years working for
Midway Power on the Sunshine Coast.
During the past 10 years of retirement Merfyn would
spend the summers in Madeira Park where he was
always helping drive the delivery trucks for his son
Russell’s building supply stores. Winters he would enjoy
golfing and the active social network of friends in
Palm Springs, California.
Merfyn enjoyed darts, golfing, motorcycles, Welsh
music, and was a long time Legion member both in
Vanderhoof and Madeira Park.
A Celebration of Life will be held June 11, 2016 at
the Madeira Park Legion. (1-2 pm celebration, 2-3 pm
refreshments and light snacks)