Obituary - Bruce Smeath Jones - 2
Brian Gresty - Wednesday 15th February 2012
|© Alison Roberts
With the death of Bruce Jones, local cricket has lost one of its most notable supporters.
Bruce was born, in 1927, into a family well known in sporting circles. Both his father, Les, and his uncle, Ted, were exceptional cricketers, playing many times for Cheshire and each, in turn, captaining the County.
After school at Wrekin, Bruce joined his father's business in Tattenhall. With elder brother, Bryan, he became a stalwart of Boughton Hall Cricket Club and represented the Cheshire County Cricket Club from 1950 until 1966. Although his early prowess as a quick bowler was curtailed by injury, Bruce developed his batting to a standard adequate to retain his county place. Similarly, he reached county standard at hockey, playing for the Deeside Ramblers Club, of which he was a Founder Member.
Unlike most players, for whom active interest in sport wanes as their playing ability declines, Bruce remained an enthusiastic contributor. Having captained the 1st XI at Boughton Hall, and with four centuries to his credit, he was happy later to become an inspirational leader of the 2nd XI, being especially encouraging of younger players.
For the County Club, he was a tireless worker, being Honorary Secretary for 20 years, and becoming President in 1992. Both Tattenhall CC and Boughton Hall CC, in turn, also benefited from Bruce's enthusiasm as Club President.
Nor was sport his only interest. In addition to succeeding his father as energetic and successful proprietor of the LN Jones business, Bruce gave generously of his time to community affairs, and was for many years active in local politics, as Chairman of the local branch of the Conservative party.
In his many activities, Bruce was supported happily and actively by his wife, Joan, and daughters Alison and Patricia, and, when grandsons Andrew and Edward arrived, Grandfather devoted countless hours to their entertainment and sporting development.
Into his eighties, Bruce was still to be found, on most summer Saturdays, watching cricket and conversing with the friendly enthusiasm which he retained to the end.
Bruce died on 9th February, after a short illness.