JONES, Geoffrey Burrett Died peacefully on July 6, 2012 , in Victoria,
B.C. He was born on May 2, 1928 , in Calgary, Alberta. Predeceased by his wife
of 48 years, Mary; Geoffrey is survived by his children, Ted (Susana) and
Bronwen (Mark); his grandchildren, Gisela and Fernando and his three nieces,
Wendy (Pat), Carol and Susan. A Memorial Service will be held in MCCALL BROS.
FLORAL CHAPEL, Johnson & Vancouver Streets, on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:30
pm with a reception to follow in McCall's Family Centre. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC. Condolences may
be offered to the family at
Geoff observed the night sky from his home in Oak Bay using his Mead LX-200
10" SCT. He also used his William Optic Red Anniversary edition apochromatic
refractor for grab-and-go observing. Geoff was learning astrophotography
using his Canon Digital Rebel dSLR, and had some success - see his
Geoff helped Victoria Centre run
Astronomy Café held on Monday evenings in Fairfield, and was a regular
at this social event for amateur astronomers. Geoff also attended several
RASCals Star Parties. His cheerful disposition was always valued by his fellow
|Geoff actively supported the creation of Victoria
atop Observatory Hill in 2008.
"Thank you to Geoff Jones, a member who
opened his house to the Technical Committee, so testing of the Paramount
ME, computer systems and weather station could take place in town.
Geoff's generosity enabled the Committee to complete their work in
President Joe Carr at the dedication of the Victoria
Centre Observatory, August 18, 2008.
Geoff at the VCO in 2008
Charles Banville, Nelson Walker,
Bruno Quenneville, Geoff Jones
Geoff Jones, Charles Banville, Malcolm Scrimger
tacking on tarpaper - roof fully retracted
Michel Michaud, Charles Banville,
Geoff Jones & Bruno Quenneville
standing proud by the new pier
Geoff Jones approves the final
level of the pier
John and Geoff review the installation
Condolences & Memories
|I’m saddened to hear about the passing of Geoff.
Geoff hosted Astronomy Café for some years and I always looked forward
to meeting him on Mondays. My condolences to his family.
|Everyone who interacted with Geoff at the RASC greatly enjoyed his
company and approach to life. He earned that wide respect by being truly
an exceptionally nice person. He will be missed by his many friends in
|I am extremely pleased to have met and built up a
lasting friendship with Geoffrey at astronomy cafe over the past two
years. We had much in common by both of us being widowers and the love
I always placed the high chair at the corner of the
table for Geoffrey to sit on at astronomy cafe and always enjoyed seeing
him come into the room with his bright shining smile and wonderful
uplifting words of continuous encouragement. Bronwen and Mark you had a
wonderful father and please accept my sincere condolences on the passing
of your father's death.
|I was saddened and shocked to learn from the Ham Radio community net
on Monday 23rd and the RASC Victoria list that Jeff had passed. His
interest in his hobbies as well as many others made him unique. His
unfettered desire to explore our universe, communicate via radio and his
stories were always entertaining and educational.
His presence in our community and others will be greatly missed.
|I am very sad to hear this news. He was a kind and
gentle soul, and was always able to make me smile.
He will be missed.
|I am deeply saddened to hear Jeff’s passing. He was a kind and
gentle person. His infectious smile will certainly be missed by all.
|I'm so sorry to hear about Jeff ..... he always
had a good word and a smile.
|I am so sorry to hear of Geoff's passing. He was a kind and gentle
person. He was a friendly face at welcome tables for the RASC at the
open houses in Fairfield, and at Astronomy days. He will be missed.
Happy observing out there, Geoff.
Lauri Roche, President, RASC Victoria Centre
|Geoff was a dear and close friend, I will miss
him......... I have many great memories, too many to highlight here, but
his encouragement and efforts on the VCO project inspired all of us to
pursue the vision.
|Like many other members of the Victoria Centre, I always looked
forward to checking up with Geoff at Astronomy Cafe and other centre
activities. A couple of years ago, he bought remote observation time
through the internet, so that our inclement weather and the vicissitudes
of advancing age could not prevent him from observing. And his work and
advice constituted a real and important contribution to the creation of
I am genuinely sad to hear of his passing, but I am glad that
he was a member of our centre and a friend of ours.
Chris Gainor, 2nd VP, RASC National
|Geoff was unfailingly kind and enthusiastic. It's
very sad to hear of his passing.
|Sorry to hear that. We will all remember Geoff's generosity and his
contributions to our group.
|Geoff was genuine and infectiously happy; I will
miss his always friendly hello.
|I agree with everything John said. I always looked forward to seeing
Geoff; he had a smile and enthusiasm that were infectious.
to Geoff's family. He will be missed by all.
|Geoff was one of the happiest guys I ever met, always with a smile on his
face and a question to ask about astronomy gear or something else he had come
across. I think it gave everyone a lift when he walked into a room. I know we
loved to see him walk in to Astronomy Cafe and show us the latest gadget he had
found. We will miss him a lot.
|I have to smile every time I remember Geoff. Like me, he was a
dedicated techno-dweeb - always fascinated with the latest electronic
gadget. We often traded experiences within the two groups we both belonged to:
Big Blue and Cousins (computer users' group) and (later) at RASC Victoria
Centre. Astronomy is custom made for people like Geoff (and I), who want
to keep learning about new things, but are dedicated to using electronics and
other gadgets we either buy or make. Geoff mastered all this gadgetry
despite his advanced age, and was always eager to take on more. Geoff was
also a consummate volunteer in both groups, and contributed valuable time and
effort to his fellow members.
Mostly, I will remember Geoff's good humour and his laugh. He was a
great guy and a good friend, and he will be missed. To his family, please
accept my heartfelt condolences.
|I was very sorry to hear of Geoff's passing; he
was a good friend, and we shared a number of dinners together. I will
miss him and his presence at the meetings.
T. Rand Collins
|It was with great sadness that we read of Mr. Jones’ passing. He was
always such a sweet man when he came to the office.
He will be missed by all
Kari – LPN
Dr. Peter Pommerville
Renza Brown – Can-Med clinical research
Dr. Pommerville's office
|I am so sorry for your loss, Bronwen and Mark. I
never met your father but I can see your resemblance to him from the
photo. I am sure you will have many happy family memories to treasure.
|Mark & Bronwen:
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Somehow,
we missed the obituary or we would have attended the service. Lally let
us know. I am sure you will miss him very much.
Anne & Vic Bley
|Bronwen and Mark
Your father and I knew each
other from our frequent locker-room chance encounters and chats at the
Oak Bay Rec Centre.
I thoroughly enjoyed our brief exchanges – Geoff was always courteous,
positive and enthusiastic about the varied topics of the day. He always
made you feel better for the time shared.
But he was happiest when speaking of his children – he spoke of you
often and clearly was very proud of you both.
Like all who enjoyed his gentle and caring presence at the Centre, I
will miss him and remember him fondly.
My sincerest condolences,
Well, we weren’t quite ready for you to leave us.
I don’t know any 84 year olds that still went to the gym regularly. And
I don’t know any 84 year olds that played golf up until recently. ( You
must have known they were closing of the clubhouse!) And I don’t know
any 84 year olds that were so passionate about their
I Pad and actually knew how to use it! Then there was your astronomy! It
was almost too hard to keep up with you!
I will miss sharing all those great shots of life in the sky. I will
miss the pictures and updates of Ostara. And I will miss hearing how
proud you were of Ted and Bronwen and their families. And it was so
refreshing to hear how good they were to you.
I will truly miss our lunches together. You were always so positive and
always a gentleman!
But most of all, I am sad that I missed telling you how much those
lunches meant to me. I am sad that I missed telling you how much I
treasured your loyalty and friendship.
So Thank You Geoff for being that shining star in my universe while you
were here with us. Now when I look up into the evening sky I know you
will be the shining star up there in your new universe.
Sincerely yours and hugs as always,