April 12, 2018 Queens Park - In a members statement today in the Ontario Legislature, MPP Percy Hatfield, Windsor-Tecumseh salutes 73 year-old Ron Jones on his many life achievements.
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The full statement follows:
Mr. Percy Hatfield: Let me tell you a little about a good friend of mine. His name is Ron Jones. He’s 73 years old, and next month he’ll be graduating with a BA in poli-sci from the University of Windsor. To appreciate Ron’s success, we have to go back to his high school years in the 1960s at Lowe Tech. A football star, Ron was asked what he was going to do when he graduated. He said he would become a city firefighter. A guidance counsellor basically told him to forget about it because he was a black kid and a “nobody”; that he’d never be hired as a city firefighter, so he should set his sights a little lower, perhaps becoming a garbage collector for the city of Windsor. Well, being told he couldn’t do something was all the motivation he needed. Ron Jones became the second black firefighter in the city of Windsor. He served for 35 years and retired as a district chief. Along the way, he spent 12 years as a public school board trustee and, after retiring from the fire service, another 12 years as a city councillor. He’s battled prostate cancer, and now he’s all set to graduate with a university degree—not bad for someone who has fought racism most of his life. He was Howard McCurdy’s first campaign manager and got to rub shoulders with icons such as Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali. Speaker, Ron Jones still isn’t ready to sit back and count his blessings. He’s already enrolled in an accelerated paralegal program at St. Clair College in the fall. Ron, buddy, you never fail to amaze me. Here’s a salute from Queen’s Park. All the best, my friend, and God bless.