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Thomas E. Jones was an avid fisherman who had a boat, The Kingfisher. In 2013 he won the White Marlin Open held off Ocean City.
Thomas E. Jones was an avid fisherman who had a boat, The Kingfisher. In 2013 he won the White Marlin Open held off Ocean City. (Handout)

Thomas E. Jones, co-founder of a Towson retail lighting firm and an avid fisherman, died April 24 from cancer at his Millersville home. He was 76.

Thomas Edward Jones was born in Baltimore, the son of Edward Jones, a waterfront worker, and Stella Szciecenski Jones. He was raised in Glen Burnie and graduated from Southern High School.

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After working several different jobs, Mr. Jones and a partner established Portnoy-Jones Valley Lighting, a retail lighting firm on Bellona Avenue in Towson. It later moved to York Road. Today, the family-owned and operated commercial lighting business is known as Valley Lighting LLC and is located in Linthicum Heights.

Mr. Jones retired about a year and a half ago, family members said.

His professional memberships included the Illuminating Engineering Society, Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Electrical Distributors.

Mr. Jones was a prolific boater and deep-sea fisherman. He had a condominium at White Marlin Marina in Ocean City where he kept his boat, The Kingfisher. He sailed up and down the East Coast and had competed in more than 100 fishing tournaments. In 2013 he won the White Marlin Open held off Ocean City.

Mr. Jones was a member of the White Rocks Yacht Club in Pasadena, where he had been fleet captain and commodore. He was also a member of the Ocean City Marlin Club.

He maintained memberships in the Jaycees, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus and the Cedar Room Club.

Mr. Jones was a communicant of Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church in Millersville, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered April 28.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Maureen Mulherin; two sons, Tommy Jones of Severna Park and Greg Jones of Baltimore; two daughters, Kathy Deppe of Crownsville and Michelle Lillie of Millersville; two brothers, Melvin Jones of Severna Park and Robert Jones of Baltimore; a sister, Marlene Jones of Baltimore; and eight grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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