William Fred Jones
ONEONTA — Mr. William Fred Jones, 92, died on Nov. 22, 2013.
He was born July 8, 1921, in Newark, N.J. He was the son of G. Fred Jones and Edna Irene Davis Jones. He had a sister, Marjorie Louise Jones Kohan who predeceased him.
An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Jones served as a meteorologist with the 109th gun battalion mobile antiaircraft and was part of the D Day invasion, earning five Battle Stars and the Good Conduct and Soldier’s Medals. For a time he remained in Europe to study at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.
He was the Executive in charge of Government and Industry Affairs for the Royal Sun Alliance Companies and was a member of the legal department and served as an Insurance Industry lobbyist in Washington, D.C., and various state capitals. While working in the industry, he received many honors.
He was chairman of the American Insurance Association Southwest Committee and received a commendation from the New York State Legislature for his work and contribution to the State of New York.
His life work was very satisfying to him. He was instrumental in getting the seat belt law passed and worked in the area of Workers’ Compensation, eradicating toxic waste and alerted companies to the dangers of black lung disease and the hazards of asbestos.
He appeared in debates on news television programs in Akron, Ohio, and New York City.
Mr. Jones graduated from Union College in Schenectady, with a degree in political science. While there, he played lacrosse, obtained an air pilots license and was president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from the Albany Law School in 1948, and was admitted to the bar in both Ohio and New York. He also served as an adjunct professor of Law at the College of Insurance in New York City.