Essendon legend Jack Jones sadly passed away at the age of 95 on Tuesday.
He played 175 games for the Bombers and was a key member of the club’s 1946, 1949 and 1950 premiership sides.
He also served the military in the 24th Infantry Battalion in New Guinea and Bougainville. He wore the number 24 in honour of his time served as a teenager.
Fox Footy’s Sarah Jones is the granddaughter of Jack and today spoke to Dwayne Russell about her Pop.
“He was a very special grandfather, father and great grandfather, to my daughters and my sister and brother,” she said on SEN’s Dwayne’s World.
“We were all so happy that he was able to play an important role in our kids’ lives. They called him Old Poppy, because he was so old. 95 is a magnificent innings.
“He was a great story-teller. We loved hearing his stories about the glory days at the Bombers. Dick Reynolds, Bill Hutchison, John Coleman, superstars that he played alongside.
“He was lucky enough to play in seven Grand Finals in six years, he played in a drawn Grand Final. He must just have had an amazing time playing in such a brilliant era for the red and black.
“He loved the footy industry, he loved the community and the Bombers.
“He adored everyone out there and he loved going to functions and talking to people of all ages.”
ANZAC Day was a special day for Jack due to the connection of football and those who served in World War II.
SEN will tonight pay tribute to Jack Jones from 10pm AEDT on This Is Your Sporting Life which can be heard on 1116 SEN, SEN.com.au and the SEN app.
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