Keith Jones, an accomplished musician, former deacon and retired machinist, died Sunday at home under the care of his family and Niagara Hospice. He was 50.
The Niagara Falls native was a graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School.
He had worked in the maintenance department at Lewiston-Porter Central Schools for five years and then worked in Niagara Falls at SCA Chemical Co. before joining Du Pont Co. as a field machinist, a position he held for 20 years. He then worked as a field machinist for Olin-Mathieson Chemical Corp. for three years, retiring this year due to illness.
Mr. Jones played the hammered dulcimer and acoustic guitar and was a member of several musical groups, including the duet Sticky Wicket with Terry Dean and the gospel groups of the McClurgs and Blessed Hope. He had also played with Heirloom in Cramlington, England, in the 2000 Millennium Festival.
Mr. Jones was a member and past deacon of Living Water Community Church in Newfane and was a member of the Niagara Frontier Dulcimer Club.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, the former Marcella J. Boyd; a son, Ian M. of San Diego; a daughter, Miranda Ann of Youngstown; and his parents, Robert W. and Dolores of Youngstown.
Services were held today in St. John's Episcopal Church. Burial was in Oakland Rural Cemetery.