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Rescue leader Tim Jones honoured

One of the best memories Tim Jones's son had of his father, the tireless leader of the volunteer-run North Shore Search and Rescue who died last weekend, was of a Father's Day they spent rescuing an injured climber together two years ago.

Sitting in the comfort of his dad's house, Curtis Jones recalls the pair getting a distress call and within hours were airlifting a man screaming from pain and wracked with hypothermia off a steep North Shore mountain slope with a 600-foot drop below.

Hundreds gathered to attend the memorial of the man who had served with North Shore Rescue for 25 years and thousands lined the streets Saturday to watch a funeral procession led by an ambulance that bore the 57-year-old's ashes.

Police, first responders and search and rescue members from around B.C. were present throughout the procession and ceremony that paid respect to the man who also worked full-time as an advanced-life-support paramedic.

North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto was on hand to tell tales of his encounters with Jones.

"'You've only got 500 feet to fall and if you miss — it's no time for Kumbaya, so don't screw up,'" Mussatto said as audience members laughed, recalling Jones' advice when the two went on a challenging hiking trip with a sharp drop-off.

Jones' family and friends vowed to continue the work that he dedicated his life to.

"Dad, when the pager goes, we'll be there," Curtis said.

The Canadian Press
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