Nov. 4, 1928 – Nov. 5, 2016
Charles G. “Gary” Jones, of Buffalo, an electrical engineer, died unexpectedly Saturday shortly after a dinner celebrating his birthday. He was 88.
Born in Buffalo, he earned money as a boy by repairing radios and electrical equipment for families in his neighborhood. He attended Bennett High School and graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in electrical engineering. He became a licensed professional engineer in 1963.
Mr. Jones was an owner, partner or senior executive in several construction and engineering companies in New York, Oklahoma and Texas, taking part in the design and construction of numerous industrial and institutional projects.
He also worked on several projects involving renovation of historic buildings in Western New York, including the Larkin at Exchange Building and other buildings in Larkinville, where one of his sons, William, was one of the developers.
He was a fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society and was a leader in chapters of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
He was a longtime member of St. Joseph University Catholic Church, where he also was an usher. In recent years, he was a parishioner at St. Louis Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Parish Council and oversaw some of the engineering and construction work on the church.
With his mother, he attended one of the first concerts in Kleinhans Music Hall and met his wife, the former Dolores Osieja, at a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert there in 1951. They were married in 1954 and were lifelong Philharmonic season ticket subscribers. She died on her 86th birthday in 2014.
Survivors include two daughters, Melanie Cummings and Pamela M. Makofski; five other sons, Charles G. “Chip” Jr., Clifford L., Brian T., Gregory R. and David L.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. this Friday in St. Louis Church, Main and Edward streets.