Dr. Dennis Jones
Age: 76 • South Burltington
Dr. Dennis Jones, 76, passed away August 10, 2017 at Vermont Respite House after a short battle with cancer.
Dennis was born July 20, 1941 in Eastham Merseyside, Great Britain. The only child of Anna (Nancy) Hagerty and Gersham Jones. He attended Wirral Grammar School for Boys, graduating in 1950. He was given a full scholarship to Downing College, Cambridge. While there, he studied Medical Sciences and Chemistry with a specialty in Pathology. He received a Doctorate in Nutritional Pathology and Histochemistry. After which he became a University Demonstrator (aka. Assist. Professor).
Dr. Jones left Cambridge and joined the Dutch Pharmaceutical Company, Organon, where he was head of Cardiovascular Disease Research and Development for eight years. From there, he moved to France to become Director of R and D for Laboratories UPSA (now Bristol, Myers, and Squibb). He left that job two years later and immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada to manage a food engineering and agricultural commodity processing research facility. From there, he moved to Montreal, Quebec to become Director of R & D and Q.C. for Horner. Three years later, he joined the Bariatrix group to develop unique nutritional products. During that time, he chaired the Canadian Government's Expert Committee on Human Nutrition and the Canada Committee on Food.
Dennis moved to the U.S. in 1992, working as Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Bariatrix and eventually Somalabs, where, at the time of his death, was part owner and operator. Both of these companies were dedicated to improving health via nutritional and pharmaceutical means, including the education of the obese in the principles of good nutrition.
He was a fellow at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Member of the Society of Biology, Chartered Chemist, Chartered Biologist, Chartered Scientist of U.K., Cambridge. Dennis headed one of the first studies of Essential Fatty Acids and their impact on heath. At Bariatrix, he was also the formulator of what we've all come to know as "Balance Bar". He was extremely proud of his work on protein bars. He always insisted on the finest ingredients, the best proteins and the most palatable flavors. Dennis said he had the best Q.C. team at Bariatrix and relied and respected their opinions in creating the best products. Making protein bars was a major part of his life's work.
Dennis thoroughly enjoyed reading, his love for science fiction was like no other, reading a book per day almost his whole life. He would also read books in several languages, as he spoke six. His favorite was Dutch, which up until his death, he was rereading his favorites. He would say that there were no words which compared to the fluidness and fun of that language. His best friend Tom referred to him as a "Pharmacopoet".
Throughout his life he had many cats, some of which he carried around wherever his travels took him. Last but not least was his absolute love of cars, most cars. He knew everything about cars, both foreign and domestic. He loved hanging out with the "guys" at his favorite auto shop and discussing how much power he could get in his car or what kind of wheels and tires gave him speed. He leaves behind his beloved black Audi S5. Besides his wife, that was his second love.
Dennis is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Holly (although together for 27 to be ever so accurate), two daughters, Megan Daly and her husband, Dan, and Morgan Rocissono and her husband, Andrew Rome. He leaves behind two special, beautiful grandsons, Nicholas Korajkic, II (a constant traveling companion) and Warren Rome, 7 months, who spent a very short but special time with his grandfather. Finally, he leaves his only granddaughter, Harper Jones Rome, whom he referred to as "The Little Lady".
Dennis and Holly resided in Shelburne for 24 years (they were married at Trinity Episcopal Church in 1995) before moving to South Burlington in 2016. It should be duly noted that Dennis passed away on the anniversary of their first date, 27 years later.
A special thanks to the McClure Miller VNA, Respite House in Colchester and its incredible staff. He was treated with dignity and respect and his needs in those final days where met unceremoniously by a group of professionals dedicated to Hospice Care. He knew his family was supported by them thereby letting him rise up to heaven, greeted by those who had gone before him.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, September 30th, at 10:00 am at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT. Interment will be private. A special Thank You to Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Services for their personal and professional attention in our time of need.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, Florida 34120 or online at corkscrew.audubon.org
The sanctuary was recently damaged by Hurricane Irma. This was a very special place that Dennis enjoyed, walking the boardwalk and searching for alligators and beautiful birds. He would be honored to know that he was helping to rebuild this place he adored.
Dr. Dennis Jones