Philip G. Jones, 94, formerly of Bernardsville and the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at the Veterans Memorial Home in Paramus.
He was born in Marstons Mills, Mass., on April 11, 1923.
Mr. Jones proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. His record of service began in December 1942, and included serving on the USS Satterlee DD 626 as a sonar operator.
His tour of duty included various escort missions carried out by the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, as well as a special mission to support the Normandy landings on D-Day.
In 1945, the USS Satterlee escorted the USS Quincy, which transported President Roosevelt on the Norfolk-Bermuda portion of his trip to and from the Yalta Conference.
After serving in the Atlantic Fleet, the USS Satterlee set sail for the Pacific and commenced air-sea rescue patrol duty between Saipan and Okinawa. The mission lasted for the remainder of the war and the initial months of the occupation.
Mr. Jones also served on the USS Tollberg, the USS Ellison and the USS Steinaker, until his honorable discharge in December 1948.
He was employed by Western Electric as a cabinetmaker fabricating switchboards, prior to his Navy enlistment.
After the war, Mr. Jones worked as a stage hand in Newark, then served for many years as the lead carpenter at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
Deciding to change careers, he next worked for the United States Postal Service in Summit until he retired.
His wit, wisdom and compassion will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Jones was predeceased by his longtime companion and the love of his life, Marion Parks (his “Puddin”) of Bernardsville.
He is survived by his close friend and son, Mark Prusina and his wife Rose, along with Philip’s grandchildren Tyler and Jessica.
Mr. Jones is also survived by two sons from a previous marriage, Philip Jones of Toms River and Richard Jones, wife Valerie, and grandchildren Brian and Maura, of Bloomfield.
Visitation was on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 South Finley Ave., Basking Ridge. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the funeral home, followed by a graveside service at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Bernardsville.