June 7, 2014 5:21 pm

Longtime North Shore Rescue leader Tim Jones remembered in a special Ride for Rescue

Longtime leader of North Shore Rescue who passed away suddenly earlier this year was remembered in a special event on Cypress Mountain this morning.

Dozens of cyclists rode up the mountain to honour Jones’ memory in the fourth annual Rotary Ride for Rescue.

Part of the money raised today is going towards North Shore Rescue, the organization that Jones was instrumental in leading and expanding.

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

Jones, a longtime paramedic, volunteered with NSR for more than 20 years.

He took part in more than 1,500 searches, rescued more than a 1,000 people and saved many lives.

He became the unofficial spokesperson for search-and-rescue teams across B.C. and was an advocate for many issues.

Jones received the Order of B.C. in 2011.

He leaves behind a wife and two children.

The Jones family hopes people will donate the much needed money to North Shore Rescue in their father’s memory.

Tim Jones’ son Curtis says his dad wanted to have a legacy fund for sustainable and predictable funding.

“Unfortunately, because of his passing it had to become the Tim Jones legacy fund. So his dream is living on for the fund. Having events like that really feeds into that,” he says.

“It kind of keeps his energy and spirit here with us. His work continues,” adds Tim Jones’ daughter Taylor.

READ MORE: Taylor Jones rallies to continue father Tim’s legacy

More than $244,000 have been raised for the fund since January.

To donate to Tim Jones Legacy Fund, go here.

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