February 26, 2020 Remembering Jeep Jones
In 2011, when HBI moved to the restored Eustis Street Fire House, one of our proudest supporters was Clarence “Jeep” Jones. Historic Boston was saddened to learn of his passing earlier this month at the age of 86.
Born and raised in Roxbury, and devoted to his Boston roots, Jeep’s achievements were a rich expression of his commitment to public service, a better city, and particularly to the lives of young people. He was a star college athlete, a Korean War veteran, Deputy Mayor under Mayor Kevin White, and he gaveled the Boston Redevelopment Authority board for nearly 25 years. Jeep was a devoted member of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury and he formally and informally mentored young people throughout his life. He was one of the few people after whom a City park was named in their lifetime.
Woven through these nominal achievements was a thoughtful and humble soul who was as generous in spirit as he was with his time. In his retirement, Jeep and his wife Wanda were frequent participants in HBI’s events and activities throughout the city. We were very proud to have their support and enthusiasm for our mission.
HBI extends condolences to the Jones family. Learn more about Jeep Jones’ life and legacy here.