Michael Jones, founder of Michael Jones Jeweller, Northampton, passed away on March 5 following a short illness.
A message was published on the jeweller’s website and Facebook page reading: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the very sad news of the passing of our founder Mr Michael Jones. Michael passed away peacefully on Sunday morning after a short illness. We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Michael’s family from all the members of Michael Jones Jeweller.”
Jones was a past chairman and president of the National Association of Goldsmiths and was a highly regarded supporter of the jewellery industry.
He played a very active role within the Association serving on a number of committees. He retired in 1990 but still continued to support the trade for a number of years.
An obituary notice from the NAJ read: “Back in 1970, when he handed over his business as a co-operative to his staff, a very forward-thinking thing to do back then, it was regarded as a foolhardy move by some but he lived to prove them wrong. The business continues as a successful co-operative to this day.”
Image: Michael Jones Jeweller store, Facebook page