Patrick Carlos Jones , age 70 of Northside died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep at home on March 24, 2023.
He was born February 18, 1953, to Ruthalice Brown Jones and Clifford Jones. Patrick was raised by his mother and her parents outside of Bethel, Ohio in the converted 170 year old former Antibantam schoolhouse in which he took particular pride. Childhood was a classic quiet and intimate mid century rural life experience, filled with engaging anecdotes about neighbors and friends.
Patrick graduated from Bethel Tate High School in 1972 and was happy to attend his 50th class reunion last year. He went on to get degrees in horticulture and cosmetology.
Dynamic, enterprising, and industrious by nature took him from his first job at 13 years old to positions at General Electric in the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, in the mid 1980s, he achieved his passion and childhood dream of becoming a professional florist, where he went on to own several flower shops, a card shop, and even a restaurant.
Patrick excelled in the art of living and loved looking at and implementing decorating ideas, sketching floor plans, and in a perfect world would have been a decorator. His home was a reflection of his personality- colorful with whimsy and charm, from his numerous ceramic donkey carts to children's art and illustration, and from the soft yellow walls indoors to the yellow shutters and daffodils outdoors. He also enjoyed collecting recipes and was an occasional caller and faithful listener to the Marilyn Harris radio show. He then took great pleasure in preparing his favorites for holiday dinners and other events.
Beyond home, he had a flair for event planning and organizing dinners for various social groups for decades such as the Cincinnati Men's Chorus.
Noted for a big personality, people Patrick met years ago always remembered him in later encounters which both bewildered and amused him. His facial expressions were priceless- an open book which never could conceal the emotion- whether it was the shock and horror of seeing a snake, even on tv, or the sheer glee and delight of any donkey sighting. At any pleasant surprise, his eyes woud glisten.
Patrick always wanted to "go out and meet some people" and never knew a stranger. He avoided 21st century impersonal technology, preferring personal interaction and thus enjoyed many long term relationships with his employees, bankers, waitresses, shop clerks and even BMV personnel. Patrick's remarakable kindness and sense of humor shone and was evident by how upset these people were affected by his death.
Many of those he encountered over the decades benefitted from his amazing benevolent generosity, whether financial, finding a place to live, employment, or donating automobiles.
In spite of poor health the last several years, he continued to make plans and enjoyed what he could of life until the end.
Patrick leaves behind his loving husband of 21 years, Brian Honnell, along with family and friends, and his beloved pets Diane, Daniel Tiger, and Lulu.
No services are planned.