LAKE GEORGE — Arthur J. Jones, of Lake George and most recently of The Stanton rehabilitation center, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at age 90 with his family by his side.
He was born Sept. 12, 1924, in Glens Falls, New York, to Robert and Amelia (Terrio) Jones.
Art was a lifelong resident of this area, spending his childhood growing up in Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Warrensburg and Hoosick Falls. He was a three-sport-athlete playing football, basketball and baseball for town and high school teams in both Warrensburg and Hoosick Falls.
Upon his graduation from Hoosick Falls High School, Art enlisted in World War II. He was assigned to the 361st Infantry Division as a radio technician and spent his tour of duty in Italy. In September 1944, Art was awarded a citation for bravery for his conduct under fire. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1945.
Art returned to Hoosick Falls, and on April 28, 1946, in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, he married his high school sweetheart, Joan T. Morris. For the next 68 years or so, they hardly spent a day apart.
Art graduated from Pace College in New York, and from there, he embarked on a long career in business. His first venture in the 1950s was as an owner and operator of a camera shop on Beach Road in Lake George. Moving south in the village in the 1960s, he opened Shell World. There, he expanded his camera and photography business to include gifts and souvenirs. In the 1970s, on a piece of property located off Exit 21, he created Goony Golf and Gift World.
With his wife, Joan, his three sons and his brother, Bob, by his side, he worked countless hours to maintain and improve his business. Many of the waterfalls that stand on the mini golf course today are examples of Art’s work. Proudly, the business is still family-owned and operated. The 1980s saw him partner with his good friend, Tony Ferranti, and together they developed and built the Lake George Village Mall in the center of town. Art retired in 1991 and enjoyed vacationing with family and friends. He especially enjoyed spending his winters in Florida.
Art was a faithful parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Lake George and a member of the Lake George American Legion.
Along with his parents, Art was predeceased by his son, Steven; his brother, Robert; his sisters-in-law, Regina Morris and Helen Jones; his niece, Susie Jones; and his brother-in-law, Bruce Cathcart.
Art is survived by his wife, Joan; his sons, Michael, and his wife, Lynne, and David and his wife, Kirsten; his sister, Eleanor Cathcart; his grandchildren, Michael (Carrie), Patrick, Lori (Trevor), Korri (Pete), Jolene (Brandon), Erica (Chris), Brian, Brittany, Erik, Kyle and Alex; and his great-grandchildren, Kullen, Rylee, Conner, Lily, Cameron, Charlotte, Mason and Ben. Art is also survived by several nieces and nephews, whom he was very fond of.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Monday, Dec. 29, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 50 Mohican St., Lake George.
Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.
Family and friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the church.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at The Stanton for their gentle and compassionate care of Art this past year.
In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully asks you to submit donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the North Country Ministry or to a charity of your choice in memory of Art.
Arrangements are under the direction of Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury.
Those who wish may make online condolences by visiting sbfuneralhome.com.
“God saw you getting tired.
And the cure was not meant to be.
He put his arms around you.
With tearful eyes we watched.
As you slowly passed away.
Though we loved you dearly.
We could not make you stay.
Many times we needed you
Though many times we cried.
If only love could have saved you.
You never would have died.”
Dad leaves us having taught us the importance of family and that a hard day’s work is never a wasted day.