Post date: Oct 19, 2013 11:7:15 AM
Following Trevor's funeral on 22 October we have received the following from Ian Thornton:
"Trevor was living in Cyprus where he and Diane retired to about 5 years ago. As you may know Diane died in July last year and Trevor really didn’t get over her death. He had a stroke on 5th October and was admitted to hospital on 7th I (believe) and died on the 9th.
Trevor Jones 30 May 1940 - 9 October 2013
"Those attending the funeral ex OCL/P&OCL were Peter Brabyn & wife Pat, Bob Bowen & wife Pat, and John Loftin & wife Pat,
Mike Board, Ian Grant, Chris Bullivant, Bernie & Jan Heard, and yours truly. About 60 family and friends attended.
Trevor was Export sales South East region and then became Trade Sales Manager ( Saf trade) in the Barking/Hainault office until Trade sales managers got the axe!"
Ian also sent through the following eulogy for Trevor which was read out at his funeral by his daughter:
"Trevor was born in May 1940 and grew up in South East London. His great sporting love was football and he had goalkeeper trials for both Crystal Palace and Millwall.
"He met Pauline in 1958 and they married in 1962. Wendy was born in 1963 and Sue in 1965. Family life started in Lewisham, SE London, but they moved out to Surrey in 68, where Kim was born a year later. Trevor worked very hard, taking a second job as a mini cab driver, to save enough money to buy their own house.
"His main job was as a sales rep at OCL, a shipping company, from the early 70s where he made many good friends, some of whom are here today. Work took him far and wide, travelling to the far east (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong) and middle east (Saudi Arabia).
"Trevor didn’t need too much of an excuse for a family gathering or party. Christmas and New Year, particularly, featured quite highly in the Jones household and his big shoulder shrugging laugh will always be fondly remembered. He was also a keen DIY enthusiast, building garages, patios and ponds – he loved to keep Koi Carp and in later years the grandchildren would often feed them when they visited. Trevor was immensely proud of his daughters and his grandchildren, David, Sophie, Sam and Daniel.
"In 1988 Trevor started a new life with Diane, who became his 2nd wife. They enjoyed their new life together, particularly their travels to far and distant places on cruise liners.
"Trevor became Diane’s primary carer when she had a stroke in 2006, despite not being in great health himself. In 2008 they made their move to their dream house in Cyprus, intending to enjoy the relaxing lifestyle and endless sunshine. Sadly they weren't able to take advantage of these benefits due to ill health, although they made some wonderful friends in Soo, Steve, Gordon and carer Darren, without whom they would not have been able to remain. Trevor's health deteriorated after Diane's death last July, and despite the family's best endeavours to persuade him to move back to the UK, Trevor did not want to leave the home they had shared.
"Very sadly, Trevor suffered a stroke on October 5th and died peacefully 5 days later in Larnaca hospital."
At Trevor's funeral Ian read out the following poem:
Five Minutes by: Annmarie Campbell
If I only had five minutes the day you passed away,
I would have had time to tell you all the things I needed to say.
I never got to tell you how much you mean to me,
Or that you were the best dad, better than any man could be.
The last time that I talked to you
I wish I would have known.
I would have said I love you,
and kept you on the phone.
If I only had five minutes,
the day you passed away,
I’d give you one last hug so tight and see your great big smile.
I’d tell you that I don’t think I could live without you,
not even for a while.
I’d kiss your cheek and take your hand and tell you it’s okay to go
And tell you that I’ll miss you,
more than you’ll ever know.
But you were gone so quickly,
One last journey you’d take.
Before you even knew it,
you were standing at heavens gate.
Now God has called upon you,
It’s time to get your wings.
To leave this life behind you,
And enjoy all of heavens beautiful things.
So wait for me in heaven Dad,
Don’t let me come alone.
The day the angels come for me,
Please be there to bring me home.
Funeral notice published here 19/10/2013
We are very sorry to advise that Trevor Jones, whom many of you will remember from his days in S.E.Region, passed away on Wednesday 9th October in hospital in Cyprus. The funeral will take place in Essex on Tuesday 22nd October.
Anyone requiring details for the funeral should contact Bob Bowen.
(We hope to have a biography for Trevor to publish here very soon)