Canon Ivor McKinley Jones, OBE, BCH
Former Educator, Cleric, and Senator Barbados
Canon Ivor McKinley Jones was a Barbadian cleric, educator, and a former Senator.
Early life and education
Ivor McKinley Jones was born on 7 September 1916 in Barbados. Jones’ great-great-grandfather was one of the first “natives” to own land in Rock Hall, St Thomas, Barbados’ first free village. The son of teachers, he was influenced in that direction by a father who was headmaster of St Thomas Primary School and a mother who taught at the same school. He won a scholarship to Combermere, went on to Harrison College, and graduated from Codrington College in 1941.
He was taught piano by his mother when there was only one Steinway piano in Barbados, and he studied organ with the late Gerald Hudson, organist at St Michael’s Cathedral.
He taught Latin, English, History, and Scripture at his alma mater Harrison College for 27 years and was a Principal at Bishop’s High School in Tobago for nine years. He served in the priesthood for over 70 years in churches such as St. Peter’s, Christ Church, St. Clement’s and St. Swithin’s.
Canon Jones also served as an Independent Senator during the period 1976 to 1986.
Honours and awards
He was awarded the Barbados Centennial Honour (BCH) in 2000 for his contribution to education and religion. In 2008, he was he was accorded the honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the Church, education, and the community.
Canon Jones was married to the late Anna Jones (née Sealy), also a former educator, for 58 years. He was the father of four - eldest daughter June Roach (who predeceased him), daughters Valerie and Angela and son Geoffrey who lives in England.
Canon Jones enjoyed tennis, music and cricket.
Canon Jones died at his Christ Church home on 23 august 2018, just two weeks short of his 102nd birthday.