Stephen D. Jones VP of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union



Stephen Jones, 67, of Chelmsford, MA passed away unexpectedly September 29, 2016 while representing the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union (JDCU) at a graduation ceremony for young entrepreneurs.

He was the husband of Dorothy (Rakip) Jones.

Jones was born in Everett, MA, on June 3, 1949 to the late Herbert and Elaine (Goodwin) Jones.  Steve lived in Stoneham for over twenty years before moving to Chelmsford.  He graduated from Stoneham High School in 1967 and Northeastern University in 1972.  Steve spent his entire career working within the banking industry.  For the past twenty years he worked for the Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union and most recently held the position of Vice President of Community Development.  Steve previously held positions at both the Itek Credit Union and Balfour Credit Union.  He was also a communicant of St. Mary's Church in Chelmsford.

Steve served on the Board of Directors for numerous charitable clubs and organizations throughout the Merrimack Valley and gave freely of his time and resources.  Friends and colleagues describe Jones as one of the most genuine people they have ever met.

Steve was an avid golfer and would take any opportunity to be out on the course.  He was a true New England sports fan with a passion for trivia.  Steve will be remembered by his family for his positive attitude and giving nature.

In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by his three children, Kimberly (Jones) Berthiaume and her husband, Scott, of Shrewsbury; Michelle (Jones) Buckland and her husband, James, of Nashua and Jeffrey Jones of Chelmsford.  He was the proud grandfather of three beloved grandsons, Mason and Devin Berthiaume and Noah Buckland.  Steve also leaves behind his brother, Philip Jones and his wife Nina of Andover and his uncle Albert Jones and his wife Marjorie of Fairhaven.  Sister in law, Sharon Deyett and her husband George; Brothers in law, Kenneth Rakip and his wife, Holly; William Rakip and his wife, Pam, James Rakip and his wife, Lorraine, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Steve was a registered organ donor and those wishes have been fulfilled.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, October 7, 2016 between the hours of 3:00 and 7:00 PM at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., N. CHELMSFORD, MA.  Private Funeral Services will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Steve’s name to the “We Share A Common Thread Foundation,” c/o Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union, Attn:  Michelle Silveira, 1 Tremont Place, Lowell, MA   01854. Steve served on the board of this foundation and funds will be distributed in his legacy. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at


October 7, 2016
3:00 - 7:00PM
Dolan Funeral Home
  1. Emily Hollis says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Steve’s family and to Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union from the ALM First family

  2. Roberta Barnes says:

    My deepest condolences to the Jones family and to his Jeanne D’Arc family.
    Steve was a wonderful supporter of Lowell Catholic.
    I am so saddened by his passing.
    Robbie Barnes
    Lowell Catholic

  3. Christine Jones says:

    My deepest condolences to Stteve’s family. Steve was one of the most welcoming and warm people that I’ve ever met! I used to look forward to saying hi to him at the Lowell Summer Music Series! He had such a wonderful personality and a great sense of humor! It’s a great loss to his family, JDCU and to the community! Can’t get much better than Steve Jones! He will be greatly missed! Such a genuine, nice man! Rest in peace,

  4. Phil Jones says:

    My wife Nina and I would like to thank all my brother’s freinds and colleagues for posting condolences, and such caring sentiments that have really touched us and helped us get through this challenging time.

    Sincere Regards, Nina and Phil Jones

  5. Aine Bellofatto says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Jones family. Steve was one of best. I remember him well from Itek as well as you Dorothy. My prayers are with you and your family. Aine

  6. Richard Schaufenbil says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you daily!

  7. John Drake says:

    OMG!! This news is so devinstatingly shocking!! Our hearts and prayers are with the Jones family!! I was just talking to Lis about you Steve..What a truly wonderful man you have been!! Your Daughter and mine played softball together.. I will always remember how funny and extremely thoughtful you were!! God bless you and your family always!!

  8. Susan Gruber says:

    Steve was a unique soul; one who genuinely cared for those around him. There was never any pretense with Steve. His positive personality and energy made it such that everyone was his friend regardless if they knew him for years or just met him. Steve will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to Steve’s family.

  9. brian martin says:

    Steve was a great supporter of Lowell High School and will be sadly missed. He enjoyed the Hall of Fame dinners like an LHS alumnus.
    A class act all the way!

    Brian Martin
    Head of School
    Lowell High School

  10. Sandra Diaz says:

    “Greet people with a smile, be kind, help those in need and give back to your community, you will be a better person for doing so”
    This was one of the best advice I heard from Steve when I first met him at a community event, to this day I follow those words every day.
    Thank you Steve for everything you did for your co-workers, community, family, friends and me. I will forever cherish our conversations and your advice.
    I am a better person because of you (I know I’m not the only person to say this after meeting you).
    You were a true friend and Guardian Angel. May you Rest In Peace.

    My deepest condolences to the Jones Family.

    • Phil Jones says:

      Thank you so much for posting this Sandra! Your words say so much about my brother and it is a comfort to my family. Please contact me because I would like to chat with you. I am leaving my e-mail address below and if that does not work you can befriend me on Facebook. Bless you Sandra!

      Sincerely Regards, Phil and Nina Jones (Steve’s brother and my wife).

  11. Dot Richards says:

    My deepest sympathy for Steve’s family. So Sorry for your loss!

  12. Phil Jones says:

    To my loving brother and best friend. There are no words to describe how I feel about you “moving” on. However, I especially cherished the time we spent together in recent years. It was impossible to be in a bad mood when you were present. You were without a doubt THE most positive person I have ever known. Thank you for helping Nina and I care for our father “Herbie” in his final days. You know we loved you dearly. I have always been so proud to call you my brother. Mom and Dad were always so proud to call you their son! I would like to imagine you, Dad, Ken Timperley, (one of your old golf buddies), and perhaps “Arnie” Palmer playing a round of golf together. You surely will be missed but the great memories will last forever. Oh, one more thing, what was Ted Williams’s lifetime on base percentage? I’ll give you a week to get back to me! Eternal Peace and Love Bro!

  13. Joanne Yestramski says:

    Steve was such a joy to be with at the local charitable functions. I will miss him very much.

  14. Kelly Orlando says:

    I’ll always remember Steve for the ear to ear smile he always carried and how he always made the time to listen, no matter what, if you needed a friendly ear. He seemed to know when something was off, and took the time to see if there was anything he could do to make your day better. He was the epitomy of what a gentleman should be – and though it’s been years since we worked together, always took the time to drop me a line now and again to see how things were going – it meant more to me than he will ever know.

    Rest in peace, Steve – your life made the world a better place

  15. Michele Desmarais says:

    I have had the pleasure of working with Steve for the past 20 years and I’m so thankful to have called him my friend. His smile, kind words or even just a “Happy Wednesday” was enough to make me smile even on the toughest of days. He was such a big part of the JDCU family and his presence will forever be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest easy my friend.

  16. Brian Duffey says:

    Steve was a great ambassador for the Chelmsford Youth Basketball Program

    He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to meet him

    Rest in Peace

  17. Linda O'Brien says:

    Phil and family
    Steve, my high school classmate, most congenial, you lived a happy life, you were taken too soon. Your mom and dad are hugging you now.

  18. Maura Turner says:

    Kevin and I are so sorry about the loss of your father. Be strong right now and you are in our prayers. Love you.

  19. Jeff and Kathy David says:

    Dottie, Kim, Michelle, Jeff and families,

    We are so sorry to hear of Steves passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all.

    Jeff, Kathy and Katelyn David

  20. MaryAnn Coravos says:

    Steve will be truly missed. He was a true gentleman who always had a smile on his face and a hand out to help others. May he rest in peace. Prayers to his family.

  21. Alison Wright says:

    We are so sad. Mr. Jones was always smiling and a fantastic neighbor. He will truly be missed.

  22. Jennifer Ward says:

    Steve was such an amazing person. I will always treasure my time working with him at JDCU as well as seeing him at community events doing what he loved. He always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. My deepest condolences to the Jones family.

  23. Patty Wainer Matthews says:

    To the family – I am truly deeply sorry for your loss. Steve was truly a light in everyone’s life – always a sunny disposition and a willing spirit to lend a hand and be a friend. I went to H.S. with Steve and served on the reunion committee with him which led a friendship in the past 10 years. I will miss hearing him call me Peppermint Patti and I will miss joking with him about his love for Stoneham & nickname Spartan Steve! He was a genuine person who loved his family.
    I will miss him dearly.

  24. Marco Mastromattei says:

    Our deepest condolences, and prayers, go out to Steve’s family

  25. Jennifer Rivera-Cintron says:

    Steve, I will miss you dearly! Always a bright smile and a big hug! You have made an impact in so many people’s lives and it will never be forgotten! Rest easy my dear friend!

    My deepest condolences to the Jones family and friends!

  26. Colleen Armstrong says:

    My deepest sympathy to Steve’s family. A wonderful person taken from us too soon. Always a smile on his face and respected by everyone. Happy to have known this gentleman. Rest in Peace Steve.

  27. Donna Wood (GFCU) says:

    So saddened by the news today of Steve’s passing on to his eternal home. Steve was a kind and gentle man (and fantastic boss of mine) words cannot express how he touched some many lives throughout his career. He always spoke proudly & passionately about his wife, family, children and grandchildren ~ they always put a smile on his face!!! I know he will be your angel guiding from above ~ til we meet again

  28. Bobby Boyle SHS Class of 67' says:

    So sorry for your loss. Great guy. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  29. Michele Annino says:

    My deepest sympathies to Steve’s family. Steve was one of the best, most genuine men I’ve met in my entire life. I am a better person for having known Steve. He will be dearly missed by all.

  30. Michelle Martin says:

    Steve was truly a genuine gentleman. So kind, thoughtful and caring. You knew how to make everyone smile. I’m glad I had the chance to know and work with you. You have left us all with wonderful memories and heavy hearts.
    My deepest sympathy to your family!

  31. Ted Priestly says:

    What a wonderful person Steve was- such a positive and sincere reflection of the community, and an absolute gentleman. It was a pleasure to have known Steve, and our community was a better place because of his warmth, kindness and example.

  32. Kathy Regan says:

    Steve (4706) you gave so much in life and you are still giving. It is so kind of you to donate your organs, once again to help someone else in need. You are so well respected and admired by so many we are truly going to miss your smiling face. The folk festival will never be the same without you.
    I will always remember you in my prayers, and until we meet again ole pal rest in peace
    Kathy (2020)

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family

  33. Maureen Couture says:

    I have treasured Steve’s friendship and he was loved, respected and admired by so many!! His caring, understanding and positive outlook brightened all of our lives. I will miss my “how are you buddy”, his laughter and presence. My sincere condolences to his family!

    Rest easy Steve, your hard work is done and we are all better for having known you and you will be forever in our hearts!

  34. Cheryl Dukeshire Harrison says:

    My condolences to Stephen’s family….way too young..I attended Stoneham high with Stephen, class of 67. God bless his family and nay he rest in peace.

  35. Steven Patno says:

    Shocked and saddened to hear the news of Steve’s passing. My deepest condolences to his family. I will always remember our long talks, his great personality and smile over the many years he and I stood at numerous baseball games watching Jeff (scoop) and Sean growing up and playing baseball together. Unfortunately, I will be out of town on Friday and can’t attend the wake. Please give Jeff a big hug for me.

    With warmest regards,

    Steve Patno

  36. Jonathan Tymula says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to your entire family. We are deeply saddened and shocked by the news; we lost a great man too soon.

  37. James Christie says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Dorothy, his family and friends during this difficult time. I was lucky to have attended high school with Steve in Stoneham. It is confusing when someone is taken from this life, so suddenly, so unexpectedly, too soon. I was sad to learn the news.My message to Steve… It is apparent that you left behind a lifetime of amazing accomplishments and contributions to others along with so, so many friends and loving family. You are loved and will never be forgotten.

  38. susan sanborn says:

    Too soon Steve. You were a great person. Lots of good memories from High School.
    So glad you were an organ donor. I told you at the last reunion about my gift of life.
    Sorry for your families loss.
    Susan McKnight Sanborn

  39. Dick McKinnon says:

    Deepest condolences to Steve’s family. So many fond memories of the good times I had with Steve in our Stoneham days.
    Will never forget Steve.

  40. Judy Houghton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. He will always be remembered by his classmates from Stoneham High as a genuinely nice guy. My heart is heavy & please know of my prayers.

  41. Therese M Leone says:

    So sorry to hear about Steve, my condolences to the family he was a true gentleman.

  42. Amy Furnari says:

    My deepest heart felt sympathy goes out to Steve’s entire family.
    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    Amy Furnari

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