Obituary of Gregory N. Jones
On Thursday, November 24th, 2022, Gregory N. Jones, loving father, son, uncle, friend, and brother to many, passed away suddenly at age 48.
Greg was born on June 30th, 1974, in Middletown, NY to Joanne and Gary Jones. He was predeceased by his grandmother and grandfather, Herman and Christine Langbein. Greg grew up in Middletown, NY. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas Aquinas. He began his law enforcement career at Orange County Sheriff’s Office working in the Mount Hope and Washingtonville Police Departments, then transferred to the City of Peekskill Police Department, where he proudly served for 22 years.
Greg had three beautiful children from his first marriage, Matthew Jones, age 24, Christopher Jones, age 21, and Rachel Jones, age 18. Later on in his life, Greg met Mary Greenan, a fellow City of Peekskill Police officer. They fell in love and had three wonderful children, Catherine Greenan-Jones, age 7, Gregory Greenan-Jones, age 3 and Colette Greenan-Jones, age 1. In addition to his children and Mary, Greg is survived by his mother, Joanne Jones, aunts, uncles, and cousins; many in-laws, nieces & nephews from the Greenan family, and his brothers and sisters from the Peekskill Police department and the Peekskill Fire department.
Greg was known for his funny remarks, positive energy, charisma, and always loved participating in No Shave November. He was also known for carrying around his gallon water jugs and being surrounded by copious amount of water cups.
Above all his amazing qualities, Greg was first and foremost a family man. He would do anything for his children and family. He coached a range of sports teams when Matt and Chris were little and enjoyed playing catch with his oldest daughter Rachel. Greg was very proud of the people that Matt, Chris, and Rachel had become. This included Matt joining the Air Force and his many accomplishments, Chris becoming a mature, kind, and hardworking son, whom Greg admired, and Rachel, starting college this year towards a nursing degree, and for her sweetness and intelligence.
Greg always found ways to show his devotion to Mary and deep love for his children. He was a deeply loving father to Catherine, Gregory, and their youngest, Collette. Catherine and her dad were early risers. She loved their morning snuggles on the couch; riding her scooter and going to Bounce with her dad. Little Gregory’s favorite thing to do with his dad was to ride on his tractor with him, doing big boy work in the yard and riding his ATV together. Nothing brought a bigger smile to his face than when Greg would pick him up from school and give him hugs. Colette loved her late morning naps with her dad; she would always fall right asleep on him and felt so content in his arms. Their loss is incalculable.
In Peekskill, Greg was known as “Jonzee.” Greg loved his job at the Peekskill Police Department. He was known for his infectious, trademark smile, positive attitude, and passion for helping others. He was a great friend who had a gift for putting a smile on people's faces and lifting their spirits. Working with the youth was one of Greg’s life focuses and biggest accomplishments. He was a School Resource Officer to the Peekskill City School district, D.A.R.E. Instructor, Police Youth Academy Instructor, Community Resource Officer, and a devout and skilled member of the Community Policing Unit. Being in the Peekskill city schools and teaching D.A.R.E. in the Hendrick Hudson school district, always put a smile on his face. He truly loved every single one of his students.
Greg was also very close with the Peekskill Fire Department. He spent time with them on emergency scenes, community events and loved hanging out at the firehouse. A common joke was that Greg was an “honorary” PFD-Local 2343 member. Greg was very close to the Peekskill Community. If there was any type of community event, Greg was there. His dedication to the City of Peekskill is immeasurable.
He will be fondly remembered by his brothers and sisters from Peekskill Police Department and Peekskill Fire Department. It is certain that he will be remembered by so many others whose lives he influenced in ways those closest to him may never have even known. His golden heart reached far and wide and will live on through all of those left behind to carry on his name and his work.
Greg would not want us to dwell in sadness or “what-ifs.” Let us remember Greg for his selflessness, his willingness to help others in any way, his infectious smile and humor, and his deep love for his family. Greg “Jonzee” Jones will be deeply missed by all who knew him. It is our hope that his smile finds its way to your face when you think of him, and any sadness is turned into good deeds. It is the best way we can honor him and show gratitude for having known him.
Memorial Donations can be made to the GoFundMe page created to benefit his three youngest children by clicking HERE.
Visitation will be held at Joseph F. Nardone Funeral Home 414 Washington Street, Peekskill, NY 10566 on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Assumption on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 11:30 am.
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