MUNROE FALLS, Ohio – William Edward “Dollar Bill” Jones of Munroe Falls passed away peacefully Thursday morning, June 13, 2013, in his home after a courageous 19-year battle with a rare leukemia, during which he never once complained. He was 72.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Asa; and younger brother, Terry.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 48 years, Cynthia Pinney Jones. Their union was the unlikely result of a blind date arranged by mutual friends, which she first mistook as a prank. Bill is also survived by his mother, Estella Jones; his adoring daughters, Christine and her husband Michael Pacyna; and Pamela and her husband Bennet Kim; and his beloved grandchildren, Adelle, Sam and Quincy.
He also leaves behind a niece, Tiffany Hackett; and a grandniece, Katlyn Hackett.
Born in Sharon, Bill grew up in Masury and lived most of his life in the Stow-Munroe Falls area.
Bill’s quiet strength and unassuming courage were apparent even at an early age. When he was just 12, he saved a five-year-old from drowning at an area lake.
A natural mathematician, Bill held a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Mount Union College and completed postgraduate work at the University of Akron.
He was a chemist at PPG then MACTac, where he worked for 42 years transitioning from chemist to technical marketing manager of the technical products division.
Bill was an active member of the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council trade association for more than 15 years, serving as board member, treasurer, vice president and president. His hard work carried over into his second full-time job as treasurer of Interactive Therapeutics, a publishing company created by his wife and her business partner, for 23 years.
A member of his high school basketball and football teams and his college tennis team, Bill had a lifelong love of sports. As an adult, he played golf as long as his body would allow. He was a tireless fan of his Purple Raiders football team and the Cleveland Cavs, Browns and Indians, who he watched until the day he died.
He was equally enthusiastic through both daughters’ softball games, tennis matches, basketball games and track and cross country meets and never once made them think that throwing or doing anything “like a girl” was second rate.
Bill was a tinkerer with a MacGyver-like ingenuity. He could fix or create just about anything with leftover hardware, adhesives, twist ties, cardboard and other oddly collected scraps from his workbench, a trait his family both mocked and revered.
Perhaps his greatest labor of love was his landscaping, so beautiful it earned him recognition from the city.
Bill and his wife, Cindy, enjoyed several recent years as snowbirds, retreating to the Florida panhandle for the winter months. At home, their most memorable adventures can be traced back to their extended family, the Foxes.
Despite being famously frugal, Bill was always generous with friends and family. He will be remembered for everything from his smile and bad jokes to his earth-shaking snore and steady stream of blue shirts. But most of all, for being the best friend, husband, father and grandfather anyone could ask for.
All who wish to celebrate his life are invited to a memorial service at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Silver Lake Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cooper Cancer Center or Hospice of Summa, both in care of Summa Foundation, 525 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44304; or Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Peninsula, OH 44264.
The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Maggio, Dr. Joseph Koenig, the Summa Infusion Center Staff and Summa Hospice for their excellent care.