In Celebration of

(Edith) Lucille Jones

September 18, 1926 -  June 6, 2021

Edith Lucille (McNamara) Jones, September 18, 1926 – June 6, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of (Edith) Lucille Jones (nee McNamara) on Sunday June 6th, 2021 in her 95th year.

Predeceased by her husband, Daniel (d. 2015), and son, Donald (d. 2002), Lucille will be dearly missed, and her life deeply valued by her daughter Eleanor (Jose), daughter-in-law Susan, her grandchildren, Caroline (Antonio), Tina, Ari, Aaron (Natalie), Cooper, and great-grandchild Antonio Jr., her sister Mary Lewis (Neil) as well as her sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She will also be greatly missed by her extended family and friends.

Lucille Jones, born Edith Lucille McNamara, was the third oldest child born to Lester and Mary McNamara. She grew up on a busy farm on Youngs Cove Road, New Brunswick with her 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Family, neighbours and church were the foundations of her early life.

In 1948, Lucille finished her schooling after attaining her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, and began her teaching career.

After a couple of teaching stints in New Brunswick and Northern Ontario, she moved to Toronto, where she met her future husband, Daniel Jones. She and Dan married in 1953 and settled into life in Toronto. Dan was the love of Lucille's life and they spent 62 happy years together.

Lucille had her daughter, Eleanor, in 1954, and her son, Donald, in 1959. Then she dove into teaching full time. Most of her years of teaching were spent at Royal York Collegiate Institute in the math department. Royal York became home and Lucille made many cherished memories and friendships there. She worked with math clubs and badminton clubs and proudly supported all musical and dramatic performances. Fellow teachers from those years became life-long pals.

Lucille nurtured a large pool of friendships from many walks of life. Regardless of how busy she was, she set aside time to keep in contact with friends and family through regular phone calls, letters or visits.

Lucille's sharp and mathematical brain loved to be challenged. She interested herself in financial planning by joining an investment club. She was fascinated by bridge and she continually played, studied and honed her skills until her hands were no longer able to hold the cards. She joined the Canadian Federation of University Women where, for twenty years, she attended monthly meetings, met many other like-minded women and greatly enjoyed being a member of varied interest groups.

Lucille had excellent skills in the kitchen, some natural, many learned from her mom growing up on the farm. Her food was down-home delicious and she revelled in having a large group at her table.
She loved to sew and made many of her own clothes as well as outfits for her daughter and grand-daughters and their dolls. She also made cushions, chair covers and treasured baby quilts.
Music was another stimulating and nourishing pastime for Lucille. She would play the piano for hours and she loved singing, accompanying others, and performing in or attending concerts.

Lucille was physically active all her life. As a younger person there were few sports she shied away from. She played baseball and hockey, cycled, swam, canoed, water skied and cross-country skied. She continued participating in other sports like badminton, skating and downhill skiing, well into her retirement years. Badminton was a real favourite, and as a true competitor, she pushed herself to be a top player. She got the family out playing badminton which was simultaneously great fun, and an opportunity for family bonding and memory-making. Everyone she played badminton with would find themselves being coached by Lucille on how to improve their technique or game strategy!

Later in life, Lucille pursued a deep desire to draw and paint, spent countless hours hunched over her canvasses, perfecting colour, light and shadow and instructing herself until she became a fine artist.

A large part of Lucille's soul always remained in New Brunswick and she was pulled back there every year to be recharged. Her parents and most of her siblings lived there, and would connect at "the beach" every summer as the family had built cottages in a row, on land at Cumberland Point on Grand Lake. Time spent at the lake was truly magical and Lucille made the trip there every summer until her 90th year. She loved history and was a wealth of knowledge with respect to the McNamara stories and family tree. She kept a yearly journal recording family news and goings-on at the cottage every summer.
She thrived on the peace, fresh air, time gardening and sitting in the screened-in porch, and especially having access to the lake where she would swim, paddleboat and play. But most of all she plugged-in with her beloved family and relished every chance to gather, eat, laugh, play cards and sing together. The ultimate in happiness for Lucille was when her children and grandchildren could visit and stay at the cottage during the summer and share her love of that space. It is most certainly where her spirit will reside and it is where she will be laid to rest.

Lucille has spent the last years of her journey at Malton Village Long Term Care and we would like to thank the wonderful staff for their kindness and gentle care.

A Private Family Service will be livestreamed; please click on the link below.


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Eleanor Lobo-Lee (Family friend)

Entered June 9, 2021 from Mississauga

Dear Eleanor, Jose, Susan and family, Lucille was so very dear to my family. She is an amazing example of how great humanity can be. What a world this would be if all had such open hearts, such welcoming of others, and such joy of life that Lucille lived. I say with no exaggeration that I am a better person because she and Dan came into my parents' lives so many years ago. Love you dearly.

Vanessa Tunney (Family friend)

Entered June 10, 2021 from Mississauga

Dear Eleanor and family,
As you already know, your mother and father meant the world to our family. Words cannot express their kindness and generosity towards my parents when they were newly arrived Canadians. Your mother was a truly remarkable, talented and kind woman. I’m not sure I know another like her. I can’t help but think that your parents, my parents and Donald are now gathered around a piano together. Much love to all the family.
Vanessa Tunney and family

Lynn Crymble (aunt to Caroline, Lucille's grand-daughter)

Entered June 10, 2021 from Stouffville

My condolences to the family. Lucille will be dearly missed by her loved ones. You are a close group who will find strength in each other.

Dan & Patti Lewis (Nephew)

Entered June 13, 2021 from Moose Jaw, SK

So sorry to hear of Aunt Lucille’s passing. Enjoyed many a summer at the cottage with her family and will cherish those memories.

Dan & Patti Lewis (Nephew)

Entered June 13, 2021 from Moose Jaw

We will never forget having been in a serious car accident on the way to New Brunswick for Christmas. Our totalled car was left just outside Windsor and we were left to take the Greyhound with 3 toddlers, luggage & presents the rest of the way.
When we pulled into TO we could see the tail end of our connecting bus leaving the station.
Dan called his aunt & uncle and we were picked up and whisked away to their home. We were so traumatized by the accident, none of us had eaten in 2 days. Lucille had a lovely meal ready but no one was eating. She asked what will they eat when they won’t eat anything? I said, “Tomato soup?” She sent Donald out to get fresh crackers while she made the soup.
After supper she bathed the kids. Our youngest daughter would never go to anyone but Dan or I and sometimes not even Dan, but she fell in love with Uncle Dan!
They drove us back to the bus stop to catch our midnight bus. I will never forget that kindness and care.
Love & Prayers to you all,


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