Kenneth A. Jones of Monomoscoy, an advocate for veterans returning home from war, died after complications with Parkinson’s disease on Sunday.
His family said that he died peacefully at his Mashpee home surrounded by his wife, Cynthia (DeStefano) Jones, his caregiver, Heather McCarthy, and faithful dog, Angus.
He was 71.
Mr. Jones leaves his wife wife of 49 years. Together, they raised their son, Eric Jones, in Pound Ridge, New York.
Born and raised in Lexington, Mr. Jones was the only son of Alton and Ellen (Look) Jones. He was a 1965 graduate of Lexington High School and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern University in 1970; his master’s in food science and technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972; and his master’s in business administration in marketing from Cornell University in 1974.
Mr. Jones’s degrees in science and business led to a career in marketing at consumer companies in the Greater New York area, starting in 1974 at General Foods Corporation and concluding in 2004 at Reckett Benckiser. Following his retirement, he permanently moved to his longtime summer home in Mashpee, a place that his family said brought him much peace.
Despite his impressive résumé, friends called him a humble man.
“He was very kind and loving,” said Michael Warshaw, a childhood friend of Eric Jones. Mr. Warshaw said that Mr. Jones became like a father to him, coming from a rough home, and describes Mr. Jones as an “unbelievable guy, witty and level-headed.”
In 2009, Eric Jones, a US Marine, was killed in a helicopter crash while on a combat mission in Afghanistan. With the death of their son, the Joneses launched the nonprofit, Heroes In Transition, Inc., with the guidance of Mr. Warshaw.
Heroes in Transition has gone on to help thousands of veterans, mostly returning from recent conflicts, by helping to build home modifications for disable veterans, providing assistance for transitional therapy, financial assistance, as well as providing service dogs.
In 2014, the Joneses were recognized for their efforts with the Mashpee Service Humanitarian Award as well as the Community Impact Hero Award from the Cape Cod and Islands chapter of the American Red Cross.
All are welcome to a Celebration of Life service at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Falmouth on Thursday, July 25, at 11 AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heroes in Transition at 22 Bates Road, Suite 135, Mashpee, MA 02649; or to John Wesley United Methodist Church at 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540.
A guestbook for condolences or sharing memories is at www.ccgfuneralhome.com.