Michael Hall-Jones

Michael John Hall-Jones

Sunday, March 11th, 1962 - Sunday, August 23rd, 2020
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Hall-Jones, Michael John
March 11, 1962 - August 23 2020

Peacefully at Ruddy Shenkman Hospice on Sunday August 23, 2020. Michael is predeceased by his father Tom and two sets of grandparents. Left to mourn are his mother Jean, his brother Richard of Alberta, sister Lindsay (Rod) Patriquin of Nova Scotia, nieces Laura Patriquin of Nova Scotia and Heather Patriquin of Bogota, Columbia, nephews Thomas and Geoffrey Hall-Jones both of Alberta, and special friends Sheri Walker and Ken Lange. Michael had a lifelong love of the outdoors and was a valued member of the Water Polo and Ultimate communities in Ottawa. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his many friends. Due to COVID19 restrictions funeral services will be private. The service will be livestreamed using zoom and information can be obtained from the funeral home or from Sheri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care Ottawa – Ruddy Shenkman or the Canadian Cancer Society in Michael's memory.

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Chris Hill

Posted at 04:07pm
I was saddened to learn of Mike's passing, it had me reflecting on what a great guy he was. I first met Bones in the fall of 1985 as a fresh faced rookie on the Carleton Ravens men's waterpolo team. He was an experienced and skilled player, it was a new sport for me. He would routinely take the time to help me, elevating my game. He would school me during a scrimmage, then provide tips on how to improve. One thing in particular which made a huge difference, he encouraged me to adjust my long stroke (honed from years on the swim team) to a shorter, choppier stroke that was faster over short distances, in order to drive to the net or steal a ball. In '89 & '90 I supported Bones and Steve in their coaching roles with the Ravens women's team. I always appreciated how skilled and encouraging they were as coaches, bringing out the best in each player, win or lose.. and we won a lot! The cameraderie and fun we shared during those waterpolo years was something that I will always treasure, Bones was a big part of it. After graduating and living abroad, I returned to Ottawa in '91 to find myself in transition - unemployed and figuring out next steps. Bones invited me to join his ultimate team for the summer, which picked up my spirits tremendously. It was an opportunity to meet people, try a new sport and avoid pudgy. These are the enduring memories that I have of Bones - his athleticism, his encouragement, being there for a friend.. and of course that great laugh! Thanks Bones.

Chris Hill

Dan Hutter

Posted at 01:06pm
I had the privilege of working with Mike for about 2 years at Statistics Canada, with one as my supervisor.
I got to listen to many of the stories (water polo, ultimate, snowboarding…as well as the infamous zip line) and learn from him (whether at work, or as the amateur attempting to play on the Agency team in the inter-departmental ultimate tournament). He was always available to lend an ear, provide some words of wisdom, and would fight tooth-and-nail to take care of those around him. I will even go so far as to say that he was one of the largest positive influences on my career in the government.

I didn’t manage to stay as close, but that didn’t stop Mike from always taking the time to see how things were every time that we ran into each other over the years that followed. It was far too short of a time, but I am still grateful for the time that I had to get to know Mike. He was larger than life and his departure leaves an equally-large empty space. I will continue to look fondly on the lessons that he taught me, and smile as I see the fruits of his labours in the people and places that he touched.

Goodbye my friend. May the powder be deep, the winds favourable and the ref looking in the wrong direction.

Michele McMahon

Posted at 11:54am
Mike Hall Jones “Bones” and I were friends in the intense way you are in your university and shortly thereafter 1983-1993. During that time we shared our hopes & dreams, triumphs & heartbreaks of 20somethings. And then I moved away, across the country, to Vancouver and we sadly became Facebook friends. But I never forgot about Mike and I was happy to see that he had built a strong community and friendships like when we were close.

Mike was a team player and not just in the waterpolo but in life. Mike was generous in spirit!

During a fun pick-up game he’d always pass the ball to us girls (when other dudes would not) even to someone who could barely keep their head above water, when I lobbied to get a women’s water polo team at Carleton he was by my side and when I left to go backpacking in Europe he took over (with Steve Baird) and not only ran the first women’s team but was instrumental in getting women’s university water polo running in Ontario. When we were all at a pub and the we were short cash for the bill he’d always toss in extra money even though we knew who hadn’t paid their fair share. On lazy Sunday afternoons when we were broke and bored and maybe a little blue...he’d turn up with beers and we’d listen to awesome rock & blues, swap stories and laugh until we cried about stupid stuff like doing impressions of 1987 SNL’s Hans & Frans “We Pump You up” (photos)

Mike showed up for me and all his friends. And that’s all there really is. He loved us and we loved him. Thank you Mike. Love you. Miss You. My heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family. - Michele McMahon

Tara Dentry

Posted at 06:51pm
I had the pleasure of playing ultimate with Mike for many years, and even more of being coached by him in competitive women’s ultimate. Loved his wit, his stories and his outlook on life. He was a wonderful man and it is such a shame he has gone from the world so young. My deepest condolences to his family and those who loved him the most.

Tim Dowell

Posted at 01:16pm
Bones was a memorable human being, glad I was usually on his team when it came to breaking down a call on the field. RIP 411

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