Warren G. Jones, 84, of the City of Tonawanda, an artist and retired tinsmith, died Monday at the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a long illness.
The Buffalo native was a skilled tinsmith and sheet-metal worker and, while an employee of Bell Aerospace, worked on the SS1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier.
One of his cherished memories was getting to work with Chuck Yeager, the pilot who broke the sound barrier on the famous aviation project. In addition, his handiwork as a tinsmith and sheet-metal worker can be found in many downtown buildings.
Mr. Jones also was known as an excellent painter of landscapes and portraits. Many of them can be seen on the walls of buildings throughout the Tonawandas.
His wife, the former Donna Blaising, died in 1984.
Survivors include a daughter, Winnie Bachowitz of Seattle; two sons, Warren G. II of San Francisco and Mitchell L. of the Town of Tonawanda; a companion, Carol Pavalko of the City of Tonawanda; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be scheduled.