Midland gas board chief dies age 101…
Mr. Kenneth Jones, former Deputy Chairman of the West Midlands Gas Board and prominent amateur golfer has died aged 101.
Mr. Jones capped a 44 year career in the gas industry in 1970 by taking the post of Deputy Chairman of the West Midlands Gas Board, then a £50 million turnover business employing more than 10,000 people.
Mr. Jones was in the forefront of the drafting of Gas Safety Regulations, then called CORGI, and the implementation of modern management systems.
He was a Council Member of the Institution of Gas Engineers, of which he was a Fellow, and he was Group Chairman of HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s first Commonwealth Study Conference held in Oxford in 1956 to study the human aspects of industrial issues across Commonwealth countries.
Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1915, Mr. Jones was educated at Newcastle High School and started as an apprentice with City of Stoke on Trent Gas Department. He moved to various positions in Worcestershire and Herefordshire, including General Manager for those counties, subsequently becoming Director of Customer Services and then Board member and Deputy Chairman. He retired in 1975.
Away from business Mr. Jones was an accomplished amateur golfer, playing for England in 1932. He held the course records at Trentham Park, Staffordshire, and at Boughton Park Worcester, where he was Captain. He was also Captain and President at Copt Heath Golf Club Solihull. Failing eyesight caused him to cease playing at the age of 87.
He was married to the late Muriel for 74 years and leaves a son, Philip, and daughter, Hilary, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
He lived in retirement in Knowle Warwickshire. A memorial service of thanksgiving will be held at Knowle Parish Church on Friday 2 September at 11-30 am.
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