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Thomas M. Jones, 84

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Thomas Maxfield Jones, 84 of North Adams, MA died on Tuesday January 17, 2023 at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born in Fall River, MA on February 28, 1938, the son of Thomas Cole Jones and Carolyn (Maxfield) Jones. He graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon and then Bowdoin College in 1960. He received his Master's degree from Brown University.

Thomas was a veteran of the US Army. He was the Vice President of Finance & Administration at North Adams State College where he worked for 33 years until his retirement. Prior to coming to North Adams, he worked in higher education administration at several other institutions.

Tom was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He and Elaine enjoyed gardening, walking, and photography and spending time with their grandchildren. In his retirement, Tom devoted much of his time to attending events supporting and celebrating his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elaine (Starke) Jones, whom he married on June 4, 1960 and two daughters - Kimberly (J.R.) Figueroa of Chicopee, MA and Sarah (David) Belanger of South Hadley, MA and three sons - Thomas S. (Jayne) Jones of Naples, ME and recently Holliston, MA; David H. (Martha) Jones of Athol, MA; and Christopher C. (Amanda) Jones of Williamstown, MA. He also leaves six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A private funeral for Thomas will be held at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPEL, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA. Burial will be in Southview cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to The Trustees of Reservations, 200 High Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA, 02110 or online at the Trustees website. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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Jim and I are sad to hear of Tom's death. We will miss seeing both of you when we driv e down our mutual street.
from: margaret sulzmannon: 01-26-2023

My condolences to Tom's family. As a faculty member at the state college, it was always good to see Tom on campus or in his office. A hard worker, kept the college going, and supportive to all. I missed him when he retired.
from: Maynard Seideron: 01-25-2023

So deeply sorry to hear about Tom. He was wonderful boss husband father and friend. My heart is saddened for your loss and our prays are with you and your family.
from: Joanne Alcaroon: 01-21-2023

Dear Elaine and all the family, I so very sorry for your deep loss. Was surprised & sad to learn of Tom’s death. I had been thinking of you both & wondering why I’d not seen you walking in a long while. Guess I counted too much on those Southview meetups. Tom and you adopted North Adams as your home, and always contributed to its betterment. NASC also benefited mightily from Tom’s tenure there. You are all in my prayers. Hold tight to the good memories, & stay well.
from: Diane Parsonson: 01-20-2023

Dear Elaine & family, We are so saddened to read of Tom’s passing. Especially enjoyed our “ cemetery walks & talks”. He was always a pleasure to be in his company. May he Rest In Peace.
from: Chuck & Jackie Sutliff on: 01-20-2023

So saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. A man of character and family he was an outstanding administrator instrumental in the development of NASC. His love of nature and the outdoors was evident in his beautiful gardens and frequent walks with Elaine. My thoughts are with you.
from: on: 01-20-2023

Condolences to Tom's family. He was a terrific man at NASC and familiar & well-liked among students. He helped me at many times during my time there..
from: Bruce Whitneyon: 01-20-2023

Our condolences to the entire family
from: Daniel and Sally Connertonon: 01-19-2023

Sending our heartfelt condolences, hugs and prayers to the Jones family. He was a kind and wonderful man and will be greatly missed.
from: Heather Putnam Boulgeron: 01-19-2023