Oakley Robert Jones Jr. of East Falmouth, a lifelong sailing enthusiast and founding member of Falmouth Harbor Sailing School, died February 22 in Rhode Island. He was 76.
He was the husband of Rosemary (Maguire) Jones.
Born in Winchester, he was the son of Dr. Oakley Robert Jones and Mary (McDonald) Jones. He was raised in Melrose and spent his summers in Falmouth before moving here permanently in 1988.
He served in the US Navy on the Mediterranean Sea during the Vietnam War. After discharge from active duty, Mr. Jones continued service in the Navy Reserve for 10 years.
Mr. Jones sold life insurance for more than 50 years, beginning his career with John Hancock in Boston. He was a Master General Agent and past president of the Cape & Islands Association of Life Underwriters.
An avid sailor, he raced competitively both locally and internationally.
Mr. Jones was a lifelong member of the Falmouth Yacht Club, serving on the board of governors and as yacht club commodore from 1998 to 2000.
He was also a founding member of Falmouth Harbor Sailing School and introduced the Optimist sailing class to the yacht club. A past president of the International 210 Sailboat Class sailboat, he also served as a US Sailing Judge for many years.
In addition to his passion for sailboat racing, he enjoyed watching, playing and coaching hockey. Most notably he served as the assistant coach of the girls’ varsity hockey team at Tabor Academy for nine years.
In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Oakley R. Jones III of Newport, Rhode Island; two sisters, Penelope Jones Hunt of Orleans and Melissa Hall of Falmouth; a brother, Stephen A. Jones of Melrose; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was said on Monday, March 1, at St. Patrick’s Church in Falmouth.
Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.