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Edward Clayton Jones

July 28, 1944 July 18, 2010
Edward Clayton Jones
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St. Albans - Edward Clayton Jones died peacefully on July 18, 2010, at the Northwest Medical Center in St. Albans, VT surrounded by his family and friends after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Ed was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec on July 28, 1944, the son of Mona Anne (Boone) and Clayton Edward Jones. He attended schools in Lennoxville, Quebec and Newport, VT, graduating in 1962. He did one year of post graduate studies at Newport High School and then attended Graham Junior College in Boston, majoring in broadcasting. He then attended Johnson State College and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Management. In January of 1963, Ed joined the US Army as a naturalized citizen. He was stationed at Fort Dix, Fort Gordon, and Fort Lewis. Ed served in the Republic of Vietnam. He was assigned to the 56 Signal Company FSM in Qui Nhon, and An Khe. Ed was a lifelong numismatist, railroad enthusiast and photographer. He was one of the co- founders of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter, # 753 of St. Albans. Ed held the position of Chaplain for many years with the Chapter. Ed also served for years on the State Council of the Vietnam Veterans as Chaplain and Treasurer. He was a member of the VFW of North Hero, VT and the American Legion of St. Albans. Ed was a adult life member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in St. Albans, Ed served on many committees over the years and was a Lay Speaker with the church. Ed also volunteered at the local homeless shelter, Juvenile Court Diversion Program and other civil state and human development programs throughout Franklin County and the State of Vermont. Ed worked for the Central VT Railroad, the St. Albans Correctional Facility, and Franklin Grand Isle Community Action, where he developed the VT Rideshare Program. He also worked at IBM and Homeland Security, the Immigration & Customs Enforcement Section. He retired in 2008 from Homeland Security. Ed was known for his big heart, jokes and storytelling. He was accepting of everyone that he met. He made friends and they became lifelong friends. Ed was also an advocate for many young people that he enjoyed helping out with their lives. Ed was an active member of the Cedar Street neighborhood, attending all of the neighborhood parties and supporting all who lived here. He is survived by his wife Rebecca Graeter-Jones of St. Albans; sister, Marilyn Carrier of Newport, VT; daughter Sheila Beaulieu and her husband, Guy of Jeffersonville, two step-sons Gregory Dixon and his wife, Lesley of Hadley, NY, Glenn Dixon and his wife, Heidi Coon of St. Albans; five grandchildren, Claire and Lydia Beaulieu, Aislynn, Parker and Ethan Dixon. His “Rent a Kids” Alex, Nick and Lizzie Graeter, and his loving dog, Patton. He is also survived by many beloved sisters and brothers in law, nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by both of his parents. Ed’s family will receive friends on Friday July 23, 2010, from 2 – 3 PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Church Street. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 PM at the church. Interment will be on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at the family lot in St. John de Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg. Donations in Ed's memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478, St. Paul's United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, 11 Church St., St., Albans, VT 05478 or the Vietnam Veterans of America Post # 753, P.O. Box 965, St. Albans VT, 05478. Private message of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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