Albert H. Jones, age 88 of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on February 23, 2018, in Heartland Hospice Home surrounded by his loved ones.

Albert was born on April 5, 1929 in Wilmington, Delaware to the late Evan and Lillian (Conner) Jones. He graduated from Alexis I. DuPont High School. At the age of 14, he began his career in tree forestry. Albert was a very hard worker, very dedicated to providing for his wife and six children. He worked night shift at General Motors. He completed the University of Connecticut Forestry Program and was a Tree Surgeon Foreman for the New Castle County Department of Parks and Recreation. He loved nature and animals, and often brought orphaned, injured animals home from work to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild, or to be raised as a Jones family member. If you knew Albert, you knew all of his pets (7 dogs, 6 cats, 1 raccoon, and a flying squirrel) were considered true family members, very spoiled and loved.

Albert knew how to play hard, too. His truly happiest moments were spent with his family, laughing, singing, dancing. He had such a beautiful voice, he could have been a singer. Summers were spent at the beach, camping, fishing, crabbing, sailing, rollerblading, and even ice skating at the indoor Carousel Hotel ice rink, where he performed in a few ice shows as Santa Claus on ice. In the winter, he couldn't wait for the cold weather and the ponds to freeze, ice skating outdoors and rollerblading with his kids were some of his fondest memories. He skated up to the age of 72. In the spring and fall, he looked forward to maintaining their landscape. He proudly took care of a rare Chinese Elm tree in their front yard for 52 years.

Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on others lives, a beacon of light, love, and positivity, that was Albert. You will always be lovingly remembered as the very funny, caring, loving, charismatic, young-at-heart husband, father, grandfather, favorite uncle, and friend; a truly special, one-of-a-kind man. You are loved beyond words, and you will live on forever in all of our hearts for generations, until we meet again.

Albert is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Dianna Jones; his daughters Mrs. Lisa Huber (Ed), Mrs. Diane Smith (Don), Mrs. Pam Gandy (Dennis), Mrs. Joanne Schafer (Mike), and son Jeff Jones (Mary Jo); his sisters Pauline Fitzgerald and Frances Jones; his grandchildren Ryan, Tyler, Shea, Brandy, Pamela, Denise, Lauren, Scott, Carly, Richard, Michael and Tommy; seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brothers Herbert, William, and Evan 'Pete'; his daughter Sharon Russell; and sister Mildred Lee.

Funeral arrangements have been made through McCrery and Harra Funeral Homes. At Albert's request, he wished to be cremated without a viewing or service. He will be buried next to his family at Silverbrook Cemetery in Wilmington, DE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to, the Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or to, a tree will be planted as a living tribute that will help with reforestation efforts in much needed areas. To send condolences visit: