THUNDER BAY — One of Northern Ontario's best-known and most prolific construction industry magnates has died.
Tom Jones passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80.
He assumed control of Tom Jones Corporation, the company his grandfather started in 1911, in the mid-1960s.
The company has been the main contractor for numerous high-profile construction projects in Thunder Bay and the region.
Jones' impressive legacy includes Intercity Shopping Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Lakehead University, the ATAC building at Lakehead, and the Ontario government building on Water Street, just to name a few examples.
In addition to his accomplishments in business and industry, Jones was a world-class car racer, for which he was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Thunder Bay Mayor Bill Mauro was saddened to hear about his death, saying Jones has left a tremendous legacy in the community.
"All of us in Thunder Bay know about the Tom Jones Corporation and their key role in the development of our city," Mauro said.
He added "I know that Tom and his family were supporters of many charitable causes in the community as well, and through the company they have been significant contributors to our local economy in a number of ways."
The mayor offered his condolences on behalf of the city to the Jones family and friends.
There has been no announcement so far regarding funeral arrangements.