Wayne Marvin Jones of Myrtle Beach passed away on March 18, 2022. Wayne was born in upstate New York on August 16, 1938.
He was raised in Ilion, New York where he graduated from high school a year ahead of the other students his age. He was active in boy scouts where he earned the top rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in teaching.
Wayne married his wife Virginia on October 14, 1961. They had 4 children, and remained married for the rest of his life, celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2021. Wayne worked at Bolivar Central School in New York for most of his career. He taught metal shop, wood shop, drafting, and technology during those years. He was an expert at wood working. Wayne was known for his independence, self reliance, and do-it-yourself attitude.
This was evidenced by his home in Bolivar, New York that was mostly built by himself over many years. There were various structures such as sheds, pools, and even a geodesic dome that existed on his property at various times – all made from the same re-purposed lumber. Wayne was always adventurous. He rode every rollercoaster he could, well into his 70’s He went solo skydiving with his eldest son as soon as his son was old enough to take part in the sport. He rode an electric kick scooter at age 82. Wayne was also a bowler. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins. He enjoyed silly humor like the Three Stooges and Monty Python. Most importantly, Wayne was a generous soul who would offer to help anyone in need, often to his own misfortune. He was not actively religious, but lived a life that many more pious individuals could only aspire to. When he was asked about his religious beliefs, he would simply reply that he was a “Pedestrian” and smile to himself.
Wayne was pre-deceased by his parents Raymond and Nadine, and his son Eric who died shortly after birth. He is survived by his wife Virginia, his son Brady and wife Nattharika, his daughter Cindy and husband Barry, his son Patrick and wife Beth. He has three surviving grandchildren Sam, Alexander, and Ethan.