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Dr. Donald Charles Jones, Sr.

Dr. Donald Charles Jones, Sr. died peacefully at the age of 96 on June 20, 2016, in Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Dr. Jones was born on September 10, 1919 in Kingston, Pennsylvania and grew up jonesin Lucerne and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Robert and Nellie Jones. Donald worked in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the Depression to help support his family. Dr. Jones received his B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Jones enlisted in the U.S. Army on his birthday in 1942 and served his country in World War II as an Officer in the Medical Corps with service in the European Theater. He completed his tour of duty at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York where he met his wife, Elizabeth (Betty), and they married in April 1945. Donald entered New York Medical College in 1946 and received his medical degree in 1951. Dr. Jones’ kindness and compassion was a blessing to the Brooklyn community where he cared for many generations of families during his long medical career.
Dr. Jones is survived by his children, Dr. Donald C. Jones, Jr., Jackson, Michigan, and Patricia Jones Rossmy, Staten Island, New York; three sisters, Betty Morgan, Lois Martin, and Carol Mae Roccogrande; two grandsons, Michael D. Rossmy and Donald C. Jones, III; and his companion, Dolores Joseph. He is also survived by his furry grandbabies, Penny, Polly, Blue and Em. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth M. (De Palma) Jones, his parents, and brother, Robert Jones.

Dr. Jones enjoyed 31 years of retirement allowing him the opportunity to spend precious time with family, play many rounds of golf, and explore the United States and Europe.

Donald (Popi) will be missed and remembered with joy and love for his knowledge, charm, insight wisdom, humor and generosity of spirit.

Contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held in the New York area later this summer.

Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.



Dr. Jones was one of the kindest men I have ever met. He had a smile that made me smile. He was such a gentleman. I will certainly miss my conversations with him. My thoughts go out to his entire family and his “love” Dolores.

Laura R. Keller
Carle Foundation Hospital

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Dr. Donald Jones. I was a patient of Dr. Jones when he had his practice on West 6 Street in Brooklyn NY. I lived 5 doors away from his office. MY husband, his mom and father were also patients of Dr. Jones. Dr. Jones was the doctor on record when he went to my husbands house when his father passed. I never read the obituaries, but somehow I read it today in the NY Daily News, 7/7/16 and I was sad to read of Dr. Jones passing. He was a very compassionate and caring doctor who loved what he did. I would like to know if there will be a NY service. Our sincere Condolences.

Filomena and Mario Riccardi
Brooklyn, NY 11223


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family of Dr. Donald C. Jones. Dr. Jones was our family Doctor for many years in Brooklyn. He was always kind, patient and caring. He always had a smile on his face. He inspired me to become a Registered Nurse. I have been caring for patients for over 35 years. Thank you Dr. Jones.

Donna Di Benedetto

Staten Island, N.Y. 10306