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Robert “Bobby” Jones

Robert “Bobby” Jones, age 79, of Mount Vernon, Maryland passed from this life on Monday, May 6, 2019, surrounded by his family and close friends, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

Born in 1940, he was the son of the late Clifton and Ruth (Bounds) Jones. He is survived by his long-time partner of 22+ years, Faye Nunez and beloved sister Mary (Peanut) Pietroski.  Bobby will be greatly missed by his children, Richard and his wife Sam, Kevin, Jay, Robin and her husband Kevin, Jonathan, David and his wife, Jamie,  Jason and his wife Cindy, and daughter-in-law, Emily Ridgeway.  He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.   He is preceded in death by his brother, Clifton “Joe” Jones, also of Mount Vernon.  He will be fondly remembered by his long-time friends Charles Fisher, Nancy Nunez, Norman Brumley, as well as so many others that he treasured that are too numerous to name.

Bobby served as the Somerset County Sheriff for a total of seven terms, making him the longest serving Sheriff to hold the office in Somerset County, before his retirement in December 2014.  He dearly loved his career as a public servant.  He was proud of Somerset County, could see humor in every situation and cared deeply for those in his community.  One story shared includes Bobby not needing his gun as he could “talk” his way out of anything.

Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department in 1975, Bobby worked for his father, with Cliff Jones Trucking, hauling produce and seafood from Maine to Florida.  After his father’s death in 1968, Bobby managed the Bivalve Oyster Packing Company in Mount Vernon, MD.  There are numerous fond memories during this time.  One of the songs written by Bobby, named “Oyster Packing Man”, is fondly remembered by his children still,  The first verse included:

I’m an Oyster Packing Man with an automatic capping machine,

I see that the oysters are opened up, some of em pretty mean.

I put them in a vat, wash ‘em with care,

Put ‘em in a can, ship them everywhere

Finest oysters in this land, I’m a oyster packing man.

Although Bobby traveled away from his beloved Eastern Shore for both work and pleasure, he loved being home in Mount Vernon, MD around his family and friends.   A celebration of Bobby’s life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the Civic Center on 11828 Crisfield Lane, Princess Anne, MD 201853.  The family will receive friends at the Civic Center from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Chaplain Sonny Benton, Pastor Gordon Nock and Rev. James Doran will officiate. Interment will be held at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church which will be followed with a reception in his honor at the Mount Vernon Fire Department at 27440 Mount Vernon Road.

Bobby will always be remembered for his witty sense of humor, his loving heart, and always having a story to share.  His love of country music, playing the guitar, gardening, trains, painting, planes, watching Columbo, and telling humorous stories and spending time with his family and friends were most enjoyable to him. Bobby held a black belt in karate and taught classes at a local club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Vernon Fire Department, Attn: Cindi Pietroski, 27440 Mt. Vernon Rd., Princess Anne, Md. 21853 of which Bobby was an honorary member or to Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, 7920 Crisfield Highway, Westover, Md. 21871

15 comments to Robert “Bobby” Jones

  • Martha J Mister

    When you met Bobby Jones you would not soon forget him. He always had a smile and a hello for everyone. He loved his family and it showed when he spoke of them. We will be praying for the family. This will not be an easy time for them. John and Martha Mister

  • Sharon Lust

    Bobby was a guy in a million, every trip to MD it seems included Bobby usually something funny. He always had a big smile for everyone and loved to spend time chatting at his sister’s house ( my Aunt Mary) Love my MD family and wish I lived closer to help them through this time. Prayers for all of you. Sharon Lust

  • John Dize

    I worked with Bobby my 20 years with Maintenance Dept. of Somerset County. I got a lot of great memories with him. Always got a laugh and smile. I for one will miss him very much

  • Charlotte Pittinger & Famiy

    We are sad to mark the passing of this dear and gentle man. He will be missed, and remembered.

  • Dave and Joan Sonich

    We love our family in Maryland and have such wonderful memories of times spent with them, which included fun times and meaningful times with Bobby. A great guy. Prayers for the loving family he leaves behind. So many family and friends are going to miss him so much.

  • Gary Miller

    To the family and friends of Bobby:

    It is with a heavy heart that I pen these words today. To all who loved him and there are many, I pray for your understanding that a higher authority has made the decision that Bobby should go home to be with our father in heaven. There are never no easy words at these times and there are no appropriate words as well it seems. May peace come to your heart as you remember Bobby in all the ways you knew him. May the remembrance of him bring a smile to your face.

    I find comfort in these words. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” ~ William Penn

    And this one as well, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal” taken from an Irish headstone.

    Bobby and I go way back to high school as friends. Behind my head hangs a picture drawn by me of two jet aircraft. Bobby and I both loved to draw airplanes for some reason. Whenever I look at that drawing, I immediately think of him. Funny how things work, neither of us ended up in aviation which we loved, but both of us ended up in politics. I suspect those two occupations are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Go figure.

    We never, that I can remember, ever ran into one another, that we didn’t stop and talk for a bit. He would always ask me, “Are you having any problems up your way?” and I would say no. He then would without fail say, “Doing a good job ain’t I”?

    He will be sorely missed by his family, me, his classmates, friends and all that knew him. He will live on in the memory of us for a long time to come. That in and of itself is a fitting testimony.

    Bobby, you are at rest and peace has come over you. As you walk with your creator, Walk slowly for many of us will be along shortly.

    Gary

  • Rufus Wright

    Bobby you will be missed but I will always remember our talks at the Detention Center and at Goose Creek … Your stories that you would tell would always make me laugh … RIP my Friend …

  • George Nelson

    Bobby Jones was a true people’s Sheriff. He could have been Sheriff 2 more terms if he wanted. The people of Somerset County loved him. He was the best boss I ever had. He made it a pleasure to come to work. I will miss him immensely. God bless the family.

  • Lorilee and Greg Dunn

    Great man dear friend sometimes we don’t understand why the time has come guess saint peter need a new Sheriff at the gate see you then old pal

  • Deal Island/Chance Lions Club

    Many members of the Deal Island/Chance Lions Club would like to extend our sympathy to the Family and Friends of Bobby Jones. He will surely be missed and his contributions and life to the community were invaluable. Bobby and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • Richard D Warren

    Sympathy, prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones of Bobby Jones. He was one in a million, the kind of person most of us wish we could be, but few of us ever are. A gentleman with the gift of a smile that could light up the darkest room and a laugh that could be heard above the din of political discord, Bobby was a lawman, a public official and a friend. God rest his soul, may he rest in the peace that he so richly earned in this life.

  • Sue whitelock

    I remember bobby from childhood till the day he left us all he was a greatman and took care of all of us in somerset county he will always be our sheriff of somerset county r.i.p. sheriff Robert Jones sadly missed and dearly loved by many

  • Sue whitelock

    I remember bobby from childhood till the day he left us all he was a greatman and took care of all of us in somerset county he will always be our sheriff of somerset county r.i.p. sheriff Robert Jones sadly missed and dearly loved by many

  • Scott Sturigs

    We will miss you greatly. Bobby was never without a kind word. Deepest sympathy to the family.

    Scott and Wendy Sturgis

  • George Kemp

    Bless all the family and friends as we try to remember small experiences that will be with us every day to help remember special words, smiles, pleasant experiences, and just the knowledge of his caring that make our memories of Bobby as the Special Friend and neighbor that allows us to go to sleep each night with good feelings. We shall miss you, BOBBY. Mary Lou and I ask our Lord to love and protect you on your journey through this next part of life. Stop in to see us once in a while. Please.

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