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Alan was born June 6, 1948, in Liverpool England and moved with his parents to Victoria, BC at the age of six. As a young child, Alan’s deep love for and connection with nature found expression through exploring the tide pools and coastline of Beacon Hill Park and fishing with his father. Alan was a man of passion and creativity with many interests but four stood out as his main loves - Joanie, Cycling, Art and his Family.

At thirteen Alan began his life-long love of cycling and competitive bike racing. After graduating from Mt. Doug High, he studied Anthropology and Creative Writing at UVic and had multiple poems from that period published. In 1974 Alan began his studies at the Victoria College of Art, exploring drawing, painting, and sculpture, eventually earning the honour of becoming the first Associate of the College. He continued his passion for art throughout his life, he painted mainly with Acrylic but he also enjoyed sculpture and other mediums. Those lucky enough to have one of his pieces can attest to his skill and now have a piece of Alan's art legacy to live on with them.

In 1976, Alan married his beloved wife, Joanie, beginning a long, loving partnership and soon after starting a family with the arrival of Michael and David. While doing all this, Alan also worked as a bicycle mechanic, first at Gordon’s Sporting Goods and then at Russ Hays. In 1981 Alan went back to UVic to earn his professional teaching certificate, and upon completion was immediately hired by St. Michael's University School as Head of the Art department.

In the early nineties, Alan created a high school competitive cycling league, inspiring many local young riders many of whom continue riding to this day, and some of whom went on to become National and World competitors and champions. Alan also continued his own love of competitive cycling, both road and mountain. Alan, David, and Michael spent many happy, adventurous summers racing throughout the province and western states. He was his sons' steadfast mentor, coach, and mechanic as they went on to achieve success on their own paths in cycling and life. Alan was also a passionate trail builder and spent many hours in the woods with his faithful dog Sadie building and adding countless kilometers to the mountain bike trail network in Victoria.

Retiring from SMUS in 2008, Alan remained immersed in the world of cycling and later joined the team at Oak Bay Bikes as a part time bike mechanic. Throughout his life, Alan and Joanie manifested their committed partnership and love through their gardens, home and dedication to family.

In January 2019, Alan was diagnosed with stage four Ampullary cancer, a rare form of pancreatic cancer. For over two-and-a-half years, Alan faced this cancer the way he lived his life: with grace, great perseverance, grit, courage, spiritual practice, and an enduring ability to perceive beauty and experience joy. He passed away peacefully in Hospice, in the early morning of August 25, 2021, surrounded by Michael, David and Joanie: Team Jones.
Posted by Mike McArthur on September 16, 2021
Alan was my grade school teacher in the late 80’s / early 90’s in Victoria. His classes brought out some amazing artistic talent from many in their teenage years. He was patient and nurtured those finding their feet in many new mediums. The greatest gift he shared with me was his passion for cycling. Like so many in the early 90’s, we learned about trail riding from Alan after he generously gave his free time to support new cyclists. I was hooked from the start, riding trails in Goldstream, Highlands, Millstream and Bamberton areas with Alan and often his two sons. Some days we’d jump in the river afterwards or just tell stories about how we’d bonked on a long ride. I would keep riding the trails for the next 30 years, and Alan’s gift would be one of the most lasting things I would take from those days. He has helped so many find their passion over the years, and leaves a lasting legacy as his many students are now passing it on to today's youth.
Posted by Rennie and Ruth Warburton on September 9, 2021
Alan was a wonderful son to our dear friend Holly. When Holly wasn’t driving anymore, he would take his mother shopping, later did the shopping for her, and he drove her to the hairdresser’s every week. When he was unable to visit Holly anymore, he kept in close touch by daily phone calls. We know how much Holly appreciated Alan’s love, help and patience.
Posted by Karl Ullrich on September 8, 2021
Engaging with Alan was always a joy. Cycling was at the core of our relationship and having spent my life believing in bikes I have all the more respect for his contributions to our cycling community. From trail building to getting or keeping people on bikes his belief in the bicycle was totally genuine.
Such a blessing to have been part of his community.
Posted by Rolf Warburton on September 7, 2021
As a family friend of "Auntie Holly" and "Uncle Arthur", I mostly knew Alan by reputation alone. When I took up cycling in earnest about 12 years ago, I enjoyed learning about the Jones family legacy and your permanent impact on Victoria's cycling community. Over the past year (following a connection over his mother's 100th birthday!) Alan and I began following each other on Strava, a GPS app that let us view each other's ride maps and data. Knowing about his health problems, I very much enjoyed seeing Alan's determined forays along the Goose and into my beloved RRU trails, often with one or both of his sons. I see Alan's last ride was just over three weeks before he passed. May we all stay on the bike until our final days! For a man who embodied the sentiment, I'll repeat my comment on Alan's penultimate Strava ride: "Cycling is life!"
Posted by Peggy Salaberry on September 7, 2021
I would never have known Alan if my daughter, Carmen, and his son, Michael, had not met and married. All to my benefit, since I got to spend the best of times with Alan and Joanie - occasions to learn more about this remarkable man and this beautiful couple.
Over time, I came to see his singular ability to ride with events both tragic and joyful and turn them to their utmost good. Maybe it was the cycling and racing that gave him this ability; more likely, this is the gift he brought not only to cycling, but also to his art, family, marriage, and life as he lived it. In all of this, he was buoyed up in the best way by Joanie, who will never, ever fail to see where joy might abide, and remain upbeat and uplifting in the fracas.
Once a few months ago, I ventured to ask Carmen if she thought Alan could beat the cancer that seemed to be overtaking him. She cut me off saying, “Everyday he’s alive, he’s beating it. And he did, and he still is - by inspiring us, showing us delight in whatever has a glimmer of beauty, enduring what must be endured, all with the greatest truth – that life is not the reflection of what happens to you, but what you do to make the best of it.
Posted by Sheila Browne on September 4, 2021
You will be loved, celebrated, and cherished forever my beautiful brother in law. May you soar high and experience beauty forever. I will always love you ‍♀️✨✨

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Posted by Mike McArthur on September 16, 2021
Alan was my grade school teacher in the late 80’s / early 90’s in Victoria. His classes brought out some amazing artistic talent from many in their teenage years. He was patient and nurtured those finding their feet in many new mediums. The greatest gift he shared with me was his passion for cycling. Like so many in the early 90’s, we learned about trail riding from Alan after he generously gave his free time to support new cyclists. I was hooked from the start, riding trails in Goldstream, Highlands, Millstream and Bamberton areas with Alan and often his two sons. Some days we’d jump in the river afterwards or just tell stories about how we’d bonked on a long ride. I would keep riding the trails for the next 30 years, and Alan’s gift would be one of the most lasting things I would take from those days. He has helped so many find their passion over the years, and leaves a lasting legacy as his many students are now passing it on to today's youth.
Posted by Rennie and Ruth Warburton on September 9, 2021
Alan was a wonderful son to our dear friend Holly. When Holly wasn’t driving anymore, he would take his mother shopping, later did the shopping for her, and he drove her to the hairdresser’s every week. When he was unable to visit Holly anymore, he kept in close touch by daily phone calls. We know how much Holly appreciated Alan’s love, help and patience.
Posted by Karl Ullrich on September 8, 2021
Engaging with Alan was always a joy. Cycling was at the core of our relationship and having spent my life believing in bikes I have all the more respect for his contributions to our cycling community. From trail building to getting or keeping people on bikes his belief in the bicycle was totally genuine.
Such a blessing to have been part of his community.
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