“Boasting a thumping kick, pace, versatility and aerial prowess, Jones burst onto the scene, winning a VFL premiership in just his 20th VFL game and playing in six consecutive grand finals.
“His contributions off the field were also profound.”
Essendon icon Tim Watson said on SEN: “Jack Jones had a big beaming smile, he was gentle and a statesman-like figure. He became really prominent at the footy club when we pieced together the hall of fame. In a lot of ways, he was the bridge between the new and old Essendon.”
Matthew Lloyd wrote on Twitter: “Jack was universally known amongst all that knew him as one of the greatest human beings on the planet. An absolute gentleman who had a real aura about him yet made everyone around him feel so comfortable in his presence.”
Hosting match days and running Windy Hill tours for more than two decades – into his early 90s – he was an evergreen figure who would captivate supporters with his aura, passion and legion of stories.
“He was a constant at Anzac Day games and in the lead-up to them, visiting the club to share poignant lessons on perspective with players, coaches and staff.”
Essendon’s development program for first, second and third year players is named in Jones’ honour.
He wore the no.24 jersey to honour the 24th Battalion, of which he was a member in WWII.
“The club extends its deepest condolences to Jack’s beautiful wife Mary and children Anne-Maree, Brian, John, Lynn, Peter and Tony, as well as his extended family,” Essendon’s statement read.