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Jones, Conchita (Connie)

JONES, Conchita (Connie)

1933 - 2023

Conchita (Connie) Jones, born Perello

July 23, 1933 - May 4, 2023

Conchita (Connie) passed peacefully, on May 4th, in her 90th year in New Liskeard, Ontario.

She will be deeply missed, but there is comfort in knowing she had a full life and her positive influence carries on.

Conchita was born in Timmins, Ontario, to Isabel and Vicente Perello, who had come from Spain to create a new life farming in Canada. Our mother was exceedingly proud of her Valencian heritage.

Conchita graduated from the Commercial program at Timmins High and Vocational School in 1951. She then obtained employment at Taylor Hardware in Timmins, where a charming coworker by the name of Ray Jones caught her eye. She invited Ray to a Sadie Hawkins dance, and within the year (1955) they were married. They raised their 3 children Brian, David, and Shirley in Timmins. Connie capably took care of the household responsibilities, supporting Ray in his career as Manager of the Canadian Tire Store.

In 1977 the family moved to New Liskeard where they built a new home and happily lived for the next 45 years to the present. As other houses sprouted up, our parents were surrounded by many wonderful neighbours, many became dear friends and treated them as family. To all, we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude.

Our mother enjoyed traveling. Trips to Spain were among the highlights of her life. Upon Ray’s retirement in 1986 they embarked on over two decades of road trips across North America. She documented each in volumes of scrapbooks, and once her RV days were over, continued to relive and savour the good times.

Conchita had the rare ability to delight in everyday pleasures. Whether picking fresh breakfast blueberries from the front yard of our cottage on Kenogamissi Lake, or analyzing hands from the previous night’s duplicate bridge, or digesting newspapers and magazines cover to cover, or mastering a new tai chi move, she enthusiastically engaged in all that she did. 

Connie was a keen volunteer, offering her time and talents to numerous causes, and most notably, was a core member of the Temiskaming Hospital Auxiliary for over 40 years. As treasurer, she balanced the books without aid of a calculator. “It keeps my brain in shape”, she would say. She was right.

Family was important to our Mom. She treasured time with grandkids and great-grandkids, delighting in their adventures and accomplishments.

Until the final weeks of her life our mother enjoyed good health and thrived in her home.  Well into her 80’s, she continued to prefer getting around town by biking or walking, and she relished the hours spent maintaining her beautiful yard.

Her trademark bright smile was contagious. Connie always focused on the best in people, and her lifelong optimism carried her through to the end. After suffering a debilitating stroke, she commented  “I’m lucky, there wasn’t really much to that!".  Despite her positive attitude, she was not able to recover. She passed comfortably with family at her side, and with her in spirit, from afar.

Connie was predeceased in 2022 by Ray, her husband of 67 years, and also by brother Frank, and daughter-in-law Deborah.

Conchita remains in the hearts of family: Children Brian (Deborah) of Timmins, David (late wife Deborah) of Nelson, BC, Shirley of North Bay; grandchildren Lindsay (Shaun),  Michael (Kaytea), Adam (Meghan), Cole, Alanah (Adele), Adrian (Vyana), Félix (Leah), Marcus (Julia); and great grandchildren Grace, Charlotte, Isla, and Beau.  Conchita is also survived by her brother Sam (Liz), and nieces and nephews of the Perello, Noguera, and Jones families. 

Our family would like to acknowledge the Temiskaming Hospital staff. We experienced nothing but competence and kindness from all. A special thank you to the nursing team, and Drs. Corneil, Morency, Corbeil, and Corbin. 

There will be no service as per our Mom's request. If you would like to make a donation in her memory, the Temiskaming Foundation's Alexa Corneil Fund, and the Temiskaming Hospital Auxiliary are causes that were close to her heart.

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To the family

Dear family lam sorry to hear that passed of dear mom Shirley she was such a nice
Lady lam thinking of you all

Ida Hilson, May 4, 2023

Shirley and family

I used to deliver their Speaker and that is how I first met Connie. Every Christmas she would make me delicious cookies (can't remember the name of them), but I sure appreciated them. Then the first Volunteer supper, I was all dressed up and I remember I went over and said "Hi" and she didn't recognize me, as I would be in my jeans etc. and always a cap I looked quite different at the supper. I have so many precious memories of her. My mother, from New Brunswick, came to visit and we went to Connie and Ray's place and she was such a good host and my mother just loved her. I could go on and on .... I am happy that I got to know Connie, and yes she had one infectious smile that you couldn't help but be happy when you saw/talked to her.
Thanks Connie for the precious memories

Nancy Rourke , May 4, 2023

The Jones Family

I am so sorry for your loss. Connie was just lovely and I always enjoyed her company but I have 2 memories in particular I'll share with you. I can remember a very long lunch hour at Country Kitchen quite a few years ago when Connie brought a photo album of her recent trip to Spain...she was so animated as she relived that trip through her pictures that my extended lunch break went by like the blink of an eye. I also remember setting her up with an email account at the library; she was thrilled to be able to connect with family and friends that way and told me it was life-changing for her. She will be missed.
Chris Gallagher

Christine Gallagher, May 4, 2023

The Jones Family

Sending heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beautiful Mom and Grandma. Her beautiful smile would light up any room. May all your wonderful memories help ease your pain. Sincerely Darren & Carol(Kidd) Hearn

Hearn, May 5, 2023

Shirley and family

What a privilege to have known Connie. She was always keen to practice her French with me and helped me with my Spanish. Her joie de vivre was contagious.

Pauline Dumont , May 5, 2023


John and I want you to know how much we enjoyed your mother and father over the 30 years we lived across the street.
Not only did they both have wonderful personalities, they were so helpful to us in countless ways. We always enjoyed their company as did the pets although most of the connection was out on the street.
My parents also really loved to visit with them when they came from NS for a visit.
I know the neighbours will all miss her as they have your dad.
Our sympathies to you,David and Bill and your families.

Heather Pollock, May 5, 2023

Brian and Debbie Jones and family

Andy and I wish to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved Connie. The beautifully written obituary details the life of this remarkable woman who leaves behind a remarkable family. We are thinking of all of you during this very sad time. She lives on in all of you. May your memories of this wonderful couple, now reunited, bring you much comfort.

Colleen Cazes-Gelinas, May 5, 2023

Brian, Deb, David, and Shirley and families

A bright light has been extinguished but her spirit lives on in all of you. Loved my Aunt Connie. What a woman she was, there was nothing she wouldn’t tackle and excel at, and she liked nothing better than to share her knowledge of the things she learned on her adventures. Her ability to retain so much information always astounded me. Aunt Connie had a keen mind and big heart. Her smile would light up a room. I know you will all miss her greatly, as will all of us who had the extreme pleasure of having her in our lives. What a wonderful life she lived, and what an amazing family she raised. My deepest sympathy and love to all.

Liz Roberts, May 6, 2023

Brian, Deb and family

Sending you and your family our deepest sympathy and prayers. It sure sounds like your mother lived a full a happy life. What more can a person ask for. May she now rest in peace with your father. God bless

Nicky and Kevin McMahon , May 6, 2023

Brian and Debbie

Brian please accept my most deepest condolences at your mom’s passing my thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie and the whole family. Although I didn’t know her personally she sounded like a beautiful woman inside and out, those who got to know her personally are the lucky ones but then I’m lucky enough to know her son and you carry on those same great traits with everyone you meet…may her soul rest in peace, she is now reunited with your dad. Heaven gained another angel…thinking of you all during this sad time, treasure all those beautiful memories of her️

Christina Piel, May 6, 2023

“The all the Jones family”

Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom,Grandma & Great Grandma.
“You’ll never lose her as
She is part of your mind & part of your heart.
You have her stories, her philosophizing, her heart”.️

Brian & Marg Hodgson, May 6, 2023

Connie, Shirley and families

We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Connie. She was a such lovely person and will be greatly missed by many. She made an impact on all who met and knew her.

We are thinking of you.
Keetha, Jeff,
Jory, Kaden
and Sharon

Keetha Willard, May 6, 2023

Shirley and family

Our condolences on the passing of your mom, she was a beautiful lady inside and out, we will absolutely remember her kindness, and yes her smile which would always invite a chat, she was full of knowledge and it was always a pleasure to converse with! RIP Connie

Frank & Ronnie , May 7, 2023

Lindsay, Shaun, Beau and family

What a beautiful tribute to a life well-lived. Lindsay’s stories of her Grandma were always a delight, and I can see that same kindness in my friend. Brendan and I are deeply sorry for such a profound loss. Rest in the knowledge that you’re the best of her and the grief you feel is the result of love.

Tammy and Brendan Touhey

Tammy Touhey , May 10, 2023

Connie Jones

Dear Brian, David and Shirley, so so sorry to hear from your Aunt Liz of your Mom's death. I have so many pleasant memories of the lavish lunches she would lay out whenever we( your Uncle Sam ,Aunt Liz and I) would stop in to visit on our way by. Her neat little house, attractive yard and great conversation was always such a pleasant experience. I will treasure those memories . Feeling your lose and grieving with and for you all...much love ...Edith Auger

Edith Auger, May 13, 2023

Conchita's Beautiful Family

My son, Manolo(Lito/Manny) Atance was visiting his Uncle Felix Atance in Ottawa at Christmastime, 2023.
He came back with a message for me, your mother, Conchita, my childhood friend from Timmins, had passed. We used to spend very nice summer holidays together, swimming, more than anything! Played on the farm, and across the river were the Gonzales's more friends. These times were very special to me because I didn't have any siblings. I sit back now and remember your mother with such fondness. And then later visiting in New Liskerard, on our way to visit Timmins from Scarborough; then we were both married with children.

I am sending you my sincere condolences & prayers.

I know I'll see her again, in heaven.

Joan T Atance, February 11, 2024