April 17, 2013

Anthony R. Jones

CHERRYFIELD, MAINE — Anthony "Andy" Jones, whom most of you knew as "Tony," died in Jonesport, Maine, on April 2, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He made his April 15th deadline for the last time.

Tony was born in 1935 in Washington D.C., the fourth child and third son of Major Edward C. Jones and Anna Vadnais Jones, and grew up with his eight siblings in Maryland. He was very active with the Boy Scouts, but also worked part-time in local grocery stores until he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1958 with a bachelor of science degree.

Rather than work for the U.S. Government as his father and brothers did, Tony chose private industry; working first as a comptroller in co-operative housing in Greenbelt, Md., and in Baltimore, during which time, all of his six children were born. Later he moved up to the position of General Manager and Comptroller in Hatboro, Pa., where he took night courses for his master's degree at Temple University, after which he returned to his first love, accounting, in the Philadelphia CPA firm of Main Lafrentz. It was a struggle studying for his CPA license with two and sometimes three jobs and a houseful of children.

The family dream of an affordable rural farm brought them to the North Country in 1971, where he worked in the offices of Telling and Kelting in Plattsburgh and taught accounting part-time at Clinton Community College. When he opened his own CPA office on Oak Street in 1976, he and his family had made many dear and lasting friends. He later merged with Dragon Benware of Malone and remained the managing partner in the Margaret Street office.

Once when his wife sighed that she'd like to be a "Beloved Childrens' Book Author", he said that he'd always wanted to be "a beloved accountant." So his children gave him a bumper sticker that read, "Plattsburgh's Most Beloved Accountant." He wouldn't put it on his car, naturally, but was pleased with the thought.

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