Tony Jones, born Pius Jones in New Waterford, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Nov. 11, 1919, has been a resident of Whitby since 1956.
He is being inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame for his involvement in Masters Track and Field as a Pentathlete. Rejoining his love for Track and Field, Tony received 2 Bronze, 3 Silver, and 1 Gold at the North American Masters meet held at Birchmount Stadium in 1979. In September of the same year he won a medal in the Canadian Masters Pentathlon competition held in Stouffville. This was followed with a Silver Medal at the Canadian Masters in 1981 in Richmond B.C.
For his efforts Tony was recognized as part of the Town Recognition of Achievement Night in 1982. In 1989 Tony received the Porcelain (Bronze) medal in the 400 meter competition at the World Master’s in Copenhagen. In 1994 Tony received a Bronze Medal in the Pentathlon competition during the World Masters Track and Field championships in Brisbane Australia.
One of Tony’s most challenging events was a biathlon in the Netherlands in 1997 from which he returned to Canada in a wheelchair. He again competed at the World Masters Track and Field championships in Eugene Oregon in 1998.
The Governor-General awarded Tony the Commemorative medal for contributions to Canada, community or fellow Canadians in 1992. This World War II vet was a member of the Royal Canadian Engineers and was wounded in Belgium in 1944.
He and his first wife Rose, who passed away in 1988, have three children; Barbara, Debbie, and John. Tony continues to live in Whitby with wife Madge.