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Jones Bridge dedicated by Donna Jones in loving memory of Ted Jones

Jones Bridge dedicated by Donna Jones in loving memory of Ted Jones

Donna Jones, of Exeter, has donated $50,000 towards the community project to construct a new pedestrian bridge along Morrison Line, on the South Huron Trail. The bridge is to be called Jones Bridge and it is dedicated by Donna Jones, in loving memory of Ted Jones. She presented the donation on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Administration Centre at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter. 

Shown in the photo (from left to right) are, Brian Horner, General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); Tom Prout, Past General Manager (Retired) of ABCA, and a current Director with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF); and Bob Radtke, Chairman of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation; the donor, Donna Jones, presenting the cheque; Donna’s son, Randy Jones; and Donna’s daughter-in-law Susann Jones. 

Bob Radtke thanked Donna Jones for her generous donation: “On behalf of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation Board of Directors I would like to give my heartfelt personal thanks to Donna, who is leaving a lasting local legacy, in loving memory of her husband. Her community-minded donation, in Ted’s memory, will benefit many people for many years.” Brian Horner also expressed his thanks: “I want to thank Donna for her generous donation that serves as a lasting and fitting tribute to her husband, Ted Jones,” he said. “Ted gave the gift of conservation and nature enjoyment to others during his lifetime and Donna is continuing Ted’s legacy with her gift here today. This donation will make it possible for thousands of people to enjoy nature safely on this multi-use trail and that is such an extremely appropriate way to remember a man who touched so many lives.”  

A community fundraising campaign is underway for this new pedestrian bridge to be located west of Morrison Line and this generous donation is helping the campaign move much closer to its goal. A pedestrian bridge would give a new alternative to people using the road. The bridge would link the north and south sides of the trail so people would not have to walk along the roadway over Morrison Dam.