Co-Founder of Canadian Rugby Foundation, Lawyer, Rugby Player, Women's Rugby Advocate George Jones Passes at Age 86
Obituary from Times Colonist Sports-loving lawyer George Jones ‘marched to his own beat’ Canadian Rugby Foundation Article from 2013
Founding Father: George Jones Profile
George Jones Q.C. is well known in both athletic and legal circles. His resume is lengthy and legendary and includes appearances and successes at virtually every court level, fundraising, coaching, refereeing in many sports and at many levels. Blessed with fine oratorical skills, legal judgment, an innate sense of wrong and right together with a complete lack of financial sense and generosity to all regardless of circumstances dictates that George is still working hard after 50 years at the bar.
George was born in Victoria. His father was an admiral and knew the value of discipline and hence George was sent to Brentwood College School at that time located in Brentwood Bay, he spent 1 year at Brentwood, the rest at Lakefield in Ontario. George’s career at Brentwood ended when he blew up the toilet in the changing room by mixing chemicals and water which we are given to understand is why he became a lawyer and not a chemist.
From there George attended law school at UBC and married early and had 5 children. Times were often tough due to George’s propensity to bet all on the wrong horse. Nevertheless graduation was achieved and a short career with Revenue Canada followed. Either or both Revenue Canada or George came to their senses and George has spent the last 50 years defending individuals in Tax Court and bailing out rugby players from various situations and occasionally and sporadically billing clients strictly on Robin Hood principles. Two more children followed together with countless loyal and loving friends. George’s roast in 2012 was attended by 300 people at the Empress and raised 50.000 for the George Jones scholarship.
One of George’s most ardent passions is for the sport of rugby and he is a co-founder and first director of the Canadian Rugby Foundation . Here are some of George’s thoughts and rugby experiences.
CLUBS AND REP TEAMS
City of Ottawa Reps
Province of Quebec
Toronto Old Boys
City of Calgary
Victoria BC JBAA
Victoria Velox Valhallians
Vancouver Island Crimson Tide
Stand-off, Centre, Fullback, captained all sides at least once
FAVOURITE RUGBY PLAYING MEMORY
Scored winning try for Ottawa Beavers Quebec Championship 1960, ran 60 yards in snow in overtime
FAVOURITE WELSH RUGBY PLAYER OF ALL TIME
Gren Thomas and Roger Bethell Tie
All Henty Books
Sun Also Rises, Invictus, The Alamo
BIGGEST REGRET IN LIFE
BIGGEST SUCCESS IN LIFE
FAVOURITE RUGBY TOUR
Ottawa tour of Jamaica
WHAT IS THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE MODERN PROFESSIONAL GAME COMPARED TO WHEN YOU PLAYED
Calibre of Athletics
WHAT IS THE WORST THING
Lack of Camaraderie
WHO WILL WIN THE 2015 WORLD CUP
We will not put a dent into top tier until we spread our game through Quebec and can start by becoming bilingual and must expand with First Nations, Immigrants and inner city inhabitants.