Harold J. Jones, 92, passed away peacefully Dec. 1, 2020, after a short illness. He was born in Belfast Jan. 23,1928, to Maude (Herrick) and Fred D. Jones. Harold graduated from Crosby High School in the class of 1945 and shortly thereafter joined the Navy.

In 1948 he married Connie Jenness and celebrated their 72nd anniversary earlier this year. Along with their daughter, Linda, and son Larry they raised two nephews, Fred and Richard Jones.

Harold spent more than 40 years in the grocery business, a job he loved. After a brief time at First National, he spent 32 yrs at A&P, then to Cottles, retiring from Hannaford in 1989. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, a lifetime member of the Belfast Historical Society & Museum, Northport VFW, and Masons.

In 1970 Harold started jogging with Ralph Snyder and Darrell O’Leary. What began as jogging progressed to running. Over the years they competed in 10K races, half- and full marathons. At 52 he completed his first marathon; his last 10K was walked with Connie in Lubec in 2013.

Cathy Horne and Lourene Rich were special partners in Harold’s daily running/walking routine.

In 1985 he moved to the "country," where he enjoyed all domestic and wild animals (except grey squirrels and beavers), his flower beds, vegetable garden and panoramic view of the bay. Harold shared his raspberry patch and garden with many friends. Last October he and Connie moved to the Residence at Tall Pines, where he continued his love of gardening with his good friend Mario, helping Denise plant and tend the flower beds.

In addition to his parents, Harold was predeceased by his sister, Ruth (Wight) Hardy; brothers Frederick, Russell, Richard and Donald Jones; and nephews Ken Hardy, Fred and Richard Jones.

Harold is survived by his wife, Connie; daughter and son-in-law Linda and Tom Whitson; son and daughter-in-law Larry and Sharon Jones; granddaughters Jenny Whitson, Jessica (Jones) Moyer, Maria Jones and husband Doug Norton; and great-grandson Harry; nieces Elinor (Hardy) Beloin, Judy (Jones) Creel, Christie Jones, Elizabeth Jones and special nephew Bobby Jenness.

The family would like to thank Maine Health Care at Home for their care. A memorial service will be announced later when restrictions are lifted. Donations in Harold’s memory can be made to the YMCA, First Baptist Church or a charity of one’s choice. Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.