[Spridgets] Pt II Eric Jones' obituary, lots of LBC content
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Fri Sep 5 19:05:41 MDT 2008
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His loyalty and attention to friends were legendary. Many were surprised over
the years by unexpected gifts of books, magazines, travel literature, and
compact discs. Many of the young men who worked for him were b
sons, and were distinguished from one another by a unique numbering system.
Those he admired, such as Pete Seeger, were sent birthday cards every year
without fail. He donated to a number of organizations which helped promote
lost arts and workmanship, conservation, and social causes.
Eric was passionate about auto rallies. Between 1961 and 1970, Eric competed
regularly in Time, Speed, Distance (TSD) rallies at local, divisional and
national level. At times he would run as many as three events in a weekend.
His interest evolved from the TSD rallies to pro rally
events. A consistent finisher, Eric drove in pro rally style events across the
United States and Canada from 1970 to1985. He won the 1977 Susquehannock Trail
Pro Rally and was 5th in the Rally of The Rideau Lakes, which was on the World
Championship Calendar in 1974. Mr. Jones was a founder of the Columbus Rally
Club and a founding member of the Central
Ohio Rally Club. He was involved in the Scioto Sports Car Club, Buckeye Sports
Car Club, Central Ohio MG Owners, the Central Ohio Mini Owners, and the
Mid-Ohio Austin Healey Club. He was a club delegate to the Austin Healey Club
of America, and he and his wife Susan planned numerous driving tours for
British car enthusiasts. He was the chief organizer of a number of TSD events
for SCCA and local clubs, including the Columbus Alley Rally for 30 years. In
1966 he started the Sunriser Forest Rally, which ran in Southern Ohio for many
years. The 1982 event won the SCCA Rally-of-the-Year Award.
There will be no funeral service or calling hours. Memorial contributions can
be made to The James Cancer Hospital fund 310578 for Dr. Villalona, P.O. Box
183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112; or Highlands Nature Sanctuary, 7629 Cave
Road, Bainbridge, OH 45612.
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