Raymond W. Jones, 93, of West Windsor (formerly of Basking Ridge), was an award-winning news photographer. He passed away peacefully on October 23, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Ray was born in Orange, New Jersey, to Gladys (Corson) and William "Jersey" Jones. He grew up in Nutley, New Jersey, and graduated from Clifford Scott High School. During World War II, he served with the 5th Army Air Force in North Africa and Italy as a reconnaissance photographer and gunner. Following his honorable discharge and graduation from the New York Institute of Photography in New York City, he worked for George Van Photos in Newark serving several New Jersey and New York newspapers. He later worked for 13 years as a news photographer for the Newark Evening News. After the paper's demise, he launched his own freelance service, counting among his clients AT&T, Allied Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, the New York Times, Time-Life, People Magazine, The Bernardsville News and the Star Ledger to name a few. He specialized in news, public relations and aerial photography.
A Lifetime Member of the National Press Photographers' Association Ray served as their Mid-Atlantic States Regional Director, as well as President of the New Jersey Press Photographers' Association. He won numerous awards for his photography from these organizations, as well as the New Jersey Publishers' Association.
Ray was an avid reader, trivia demon, and self-declared expert on The Crusades. He particularly enjoyed studying British history.
The beloved husband of Joan (LeVan) Jones, Ray was a dedicated and supportive father to their three daughters, Karin Colantuono, Kyle Harris, and Kristina Randolph. He also leaves his sons-in-law, Terry Harris and Stephan Randolph, and his five grandchildren, Nicholas and Kathryn Colantuono, Grace and Benjamin Harris and Sophia Randolph.
Visitation for friends and family will be held, Friday, November 14, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, New Jersey, with a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 p.m.
Cremation was private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray's memory to Special Olympics New Jersey, 1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-2301.