Bob Jones, founder of Robert R. Jones Homes, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2018 at the age of 82, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Bob specialized in land development and the design and construction of single-family luxury homes throughout southeastern Michigan. He earned a reputation for excellence -combined with a continuing commitment to the home building industry at the local, state and national levels
“Bob was a successful and influential builder and much more than that. He was a tireless advocate for professionalism in the home building industry and was looked up to as a mentor by an entire generation of builders,” said Michael Stoskopf, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA). “The key to his success in business, and throughout his life, was his dedication, hard work and unwavering faith that each of us could make a difference.”
He was an exceptional role model and an inspiration to many. Bob was generous with his time, his energy and with the expertise he had acquired during his decades in the home building business. When he felt he could make a difference, Bob hated to say no. Then, when he told a friend or colleague that he would get a job done . . . it got done. He was highly regarded in all that he accomplished and considered a friend by all who had the privilege of working with him.
As an industry spokesman, educator and advisor, he wrote op-ed columns, advised major newspaper editorial boards, appeared as a guest speaker at various universities and testified before numerous legislative committees. He was appointed by Gov. Engler to serve on the Michigan Residential Builders & Maintenance and Alteration Contractors Licensing Board and was appointed by Gov. Granholm to the State’s Land Use Leadership Council. He played a key role in establishing U. S. legal precedent in 1988 for damage awards to home builders in copyright infringement litigation.
He served as HBA’s President in 1994, HBA of Michigan’s President in 1999 and as Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in 2010.
His list of awards is equally impressive. Builder Magazine named him “The Best Small Volume Builder” in the United States, Custom Home Magazine inducted him as one of the original magazine Hall of Fame recipients, and HBA honored him with numerous awards including induction into its Hall of Fame. In 2017, Bob was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame, the highest honor that NAHB can bestow.
Bob also received frequent recognition for his community achievements. He served on the Board of Trustees for St. Bonaventure University (SBU) in New York and led SBU as Chairman of its successful and critical $25 million capital campaign. He played a similarly important role for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital—Oakland (SJMO). He was asked to become Chairman of the Hospital Board shortly after becoming a member. He immediately enlisted the assistance of the physicians and administrators in a concentrated effort to help resolve some financial and personnel directions. In May, 2004, his and Carole’s commitment to the hospital was recognized with the dedication of the Robert and Carole Jones Patient Floor.
For those who wish to honor Bob’s memory, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Robert R. and Carole Lynn Jones scholarship fund at Saint Bonaventure University, P. O. Box 2519, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778 or online at: www.sbu.edu/donate.Select Single Purpose tab and from the designation list, select Robert R. and Carole Lynn Scholarship Fund.
Bob is survived by Carole, his wife of 55 years, their children, Bobby (Linda) Jones, Michelle (Ron) Greenleaf, Julie Francis, Steven (Carrie) Jones and eight grandchildren as well as a multitude of friends and associates.