Obituaries – 06-04-2014

Robert Byrnes Jones

      Robert Byrnes Jones, 85, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died May 22. He was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Chicago to the late Wyatt Jasper and Hilda (Schilling) Jones.

Mr. Jones was a 1948 graduate of Sullivan High School in Chicago. He graduated in 1953 from the University of Iowa with a degree in business administration. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army as a 2nd lieutenant and served his country during the Korean Conflict. After military service, he moved to Florida and started his career in hospital administration as assistant administrator at the Holiday Hospital in Orlando; administrator of the Morrow Memorial Hospital in Auburndale; and Polk General in Bartow. In 1974, he came to Manatee County as administrator for L.W. Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, 45 days after it opened.

He held many memberships, including Ss. Peter & Paul the Apostles Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club of Bradenton, Genealogy Club, Democratic Club of Bradenton and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was an active resident of Freedom Village, where he served on the safety council, among other memberships over the years.

He was featured in 1994 in a story in The Islander about his brick collection on return from an International Brick Collectors Meeting in Iowa, when he left Holmes Beach with 30 bricks and returned with 109.

His oldest dated brick was one from the Columbian World Exposition, dated 1893, and had been found in the Manatee River.

A celebration of life took place May 25 at the Freedom Village auditorium. A Mass of Christian burial took place May 26 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Bradenton. Memorials may be made to either Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,, or to the memorial scholarship program at Freedom Village. Condolences for the family may be made online at

Mr. Jones is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Mary Ann (McIrvin) of Bradenton; daughters Kathy and husband Wesley Nall of Auburndale and Suzanne Anderson of Columbia, South Carolina; grandchildren Dr. Courtney Nall of Portland, Oregon, Dr. Ryan and wife Michelle Nall of Gainesville, Florida, Austin Nall of New Orleans, Kathy and husband Jonathan Tomberg of East Elmhurst, New York, William and wife Jessica Anderson of Columbia, South Carolina; and many extended family members and friends.

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