MONROE, Conn. -- The Monroe Historical Society will be paying tribute to one of their own Sunday, planting a tree in honor of longtime Shelton resident Philip Jones Jr.
Jones died Aug. 10 at his home at the Jones Family Farm in Shelton, where lived for his entire life. He was 96.
Hailed as a lifelong learner, Jones was widely known for his love of history. His collections of historic material were extensive and included collections of stamps, books, historic letters and paper ephemera -- much of which related directly to the lives of ordinary people, according to his obituary .
Jones served two terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives in the late 1940s and early 1950s. A member of several community organizations, he also was a longtime volunteer with the Monroe Historical Society.
The group plans to plant an evergreen in his honor at the School House, East Village at 1 p.m. Sunday. Jones had grown and sold Christmas tress since the 1940s.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at Huntington Congregational Church. A reception immediately will follow in the church hall. There will be no calling hours and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Philip H. Jones Jr. to be designated for either the Connecticut Forest & Park Association , the Philip Jones Fellowship Fund at the Ephemera Society of America , or Griffin Hospital .
Please make the contributions payable to the Valley Community Foundation, 253 A Elizabeth Street, Derby, CT 06418. For more information, call 203-751-9162. Donations may also be made online . Please refer to "Jones Family Farms Fund."