Obituary - Bruce Smeath Jones - 1 UPDATED
webmaster - Monday 13th February 2012

Alison Roberts

Former Liverpool Competition club Chester Boughton Hall CC has announced the death at Crawford's Walk Nursing Home, Chester on Thursday last, the 9th February, of former all rounder Bruce Smeath Jones. He was 84 years old.

Born in Tattenhall, Cheshire on 14th August 1927, Bruce was educated at Wrekin College.

He was a member of the Jones dynasty that played for Boughton Hall and Cheshire before and after World War II, being the brother of Bryan (BE) and son of Leslie (LN). He was also cousin to Bill (WHR), who is still alive and Leslie (EL), who played hockey for England, and nephew of Ted (WE). Leslie (LN) and Bill (WE) were the sons of William Jones of Tattenhall.

Bruce represented Cheshire on 47 occasions between 1950 and 1966, scoring 886 runs and taking 27 wickets. He received his cap in 1958. He was Secretary of the County from 1960-1979 and President from 1992-1994.

In a Boughton Hall career spanning four decades, Bruce scored over 6000 runs for their 1st XI including centuries at Northern (102 in 1950), at home to Southport and Birkdale (104*) and Sefton (110) in 1957 and 100* at Bootle in 1960. He also took over 100 wickets with his medium paced seamers. He was captain of the club in 1958, 1963 and 1964 and went on to be President in 2008-2010.

Bruce was also very proud to have been a founder member of Deeside Ramblers Hockey Club.

Bruce was married to Joan, who predeceased him, and is survived by daughters Alison and Patricia. His cricketing line at Boughton Hall continues with his grandsons Edward and Andrew Roberts.

Condolences go the Bruce's family and Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club.

Bruce's funeral service will be at St Peter's Church, Waverton on Monday 20th February at 11:15am followed by a gathering in his honour of his family, friends and colleagues at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club.


The postcode for satnavs is CH3 7QN

Travelling south east from Chester along the A41 (Whitchurch Road), on reaching Waverton, pass Eggbridge Lane on the left. Continue along A41 and, after reaching an open area, pass the Black Dog pub on the right and then turn left onto Quarry Lane (signposted Waverton/Hargrave). Follow the road through to a T junction and turn right onto Village Road. You reach a junction and the church is in front of you.

Please note there are no parking facilities in the village at or near the church and parking has to be at the roadside. Arrive early as a large turn out is expected.


Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bruce Jones. When the 'The Colonel' (Paul Foulder) and I ran the very successful L&DCC Colts team, Bruce was a great supporter and always keen to offer words of advice and support. Following both Eddie and Andrew at games they played in for the Colts, I got to know Bruce well and as a result met Alison and formed a great relationship with the Jones family. Please extend my condolences to them all.  One of life's true gentlemen who will be sadly missed by all his life touched. 

Mike Dixon (Kissimmee, Florida)
Wednesday 15 February 2012 19:27

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