March 31, 2014 4:24 pm

Late North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones honoured by SFU

The longtime leader of North Shore Rescue who passed away suddenly in January received a special honour from Simon Fraser University today.

Jones, a former Clan football player, was inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame class.

Jones died of a heart attack while returning from the team cabin on Mount Seymour. He was 57 years old.

He is the second inductee in the Terry Fox Honourary Inductee category, after Fox himself.

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“Terry Fox has done so much for this country, and in a way, Mr. Jones has done the same,” says Milton Richards, Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation at Simon Fraser University. “It was such a tragic loss, but we are so glad we can honour his memory here today.”

Richards says it is a special award that they do not give out very often.

“[Tim] was a great football player here, finished in ’78 and got drafted by the Argonauts. But more importantly, a great human being who put himself above others. He embodies what Terry Fox was all about,” he says.

Jones was a longtime paramedic and volunteered with NSR for more than 20 years. He took part in more than 1,500 searches, rescued more than 1,000 people and saved many lives.

“It is a huge honour and he would be extremely proud to be recognized this way,” says Tim Jones’ son Curtis. “It’s been pretty wild just seeing how far his reach has been and what he has done and how people appreciate that.”

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