On Tuesday 1st December 2020, we laid to rest my friend and award winning Labour Party colleague, James Robert Jones. Or as we all knew him as Bob!
Bob Jones was not just a Labour Party member he was my friend ‘ of 50 years. He had received a 50 Year Award from Ed Miliband during his time of Labour Leader. We in Wednesfield North were very proud of Bob Jones and his national recognition.
Bob ‘s funeral was a warm yet sad occasion . Reverend Tom Fish from St Albans’ took the service and was very detailed with regards to the different roles that Bob played within his family, and the way he was involved within our community. I was pleased to accept an invitation from the family for the funeral and I was honoured to represent the Labour Party at the funeral.
This Covid-19 Pandemic kept the attendance down to 15.
We all know that the chapel would have been overflowing with regards to people who would just naturally want to be there to pay their own respects. I want to thank Doreen and the family for making a very scarce space available to me so that I could be in attendance.
Bob was a huge character, he was fun at times, stern at other times.
He had a passion for wanting fairness, and freedoms. He held many roles in the Labour Party and Trade Union. He was Chair of the Branch Party, he also served as Treasurer for the District Party. Represented Wednesfield North on the Wolverhampton North East CLP. He was Election Agent for me and other Labour Party candidates over many elections. He was a tough taskmaster in those roles! He was also an active Trade Unionist within the AEUW.
But it wasn’t all about dour elections.
Bob and Doreen enjoyed each others company. Bob enjoyed a laugh and Rev Fish in his descriptions of Bob explained his fun loving character. His love of the family Fancy Dress Party evenings.
Over the next few days I will write more about my friend, and the extraordinary job he did for individuals. Rest In Peace friend, you certainly made your contribution to improving our community and beyond..