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Obituary - Dr Kenneth Robert Jones
Friday 2nd August 2019


We have only heard this evening of the death of Dr Kenneth Robert Jones. He was 87 years old.

Ken died at 5:00am on Tuesday 23rd July at the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton after a long illness.

A life long member of Liverpool Cricket Club, he was best known for bowling off spin and was a member of the great 1st XI of the 1950s and 60s. He went on to captain the club.

There was a time during World War II that Ken was evacuated to Colwyn Bay and he built up a relationship with Colwyn Bay Cricket Club. He went on to play for them from 1979 to 1983 as he had a caravan in Conway and used to stay there for weekends with his mother.

Ken was a long time member of the Liverpool Competition Management Committee and had no time for its underhand wheeling and dealing that it's renowned for today.

Problems were discussed in his own calm, rational way more than likely over a tot of his favourite whisky, 'Famous Grouse'.

He had a spell as being President of Liverpool Cricket Club which he claimed to be a great honour.

Ken was L&DCC Club and Ground Chairman for many years and also President for the period 2004-2009.

He was a life long academic with numerous qualifications including degrees in mathematics and electronics at the University of Liverpool and aeronautics at Cranfield College of Aeronautics. He also lectured at John Moores University in Liverpool.

Ken remained a bachelor until he was 74 when he finally took the plunge and married his long time partner, Catherine, on 1st June 2006.

When he wasn't involved in the field of academia, he would be near a cricket field giving advice to young cricketers, one of whom went on to be the current Liverpool 1st XI captain, Matthew Jackson.

Ken was one of the good guys from an era that is slowly slipping away.

Ken's funeral service will be held at Springwood Crematorium Rosemary Chapel, Springwood Avenue, Garston, Liverpool L25 7UN on Monday 5th August at 1:00 pm.

Family flowers only, however donations in memory of Ken are welcomed for Marie Curie.

The funeral service will be followed by an appreciation of Ken's long and interesting life at Liverpool Cricket Club.

We extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Catherine, mother in law Pat, and to his extended family.

RIP Ken, old chap. You will be sadly missed.

Liverpool Echo