Tributes to ‘caring’ Ipswich landlady June Jones who ran Lion’s Head pub

June Jones

June Jones - Credit: cont

The life of an Ipswich landlady who volunteered for charity until she was 80 was one of laughter, fundraising and helping others, her daughter has said.

June Jones, who worked at the Lion’s Head pub for two decades, passed away on June 27 aged 86 from vascular dementia, surrounded by family.

She was a great-grandmother of five, and wife to the late Joe Jones, who ran the pub with her.

Born in Norwich on May 30, 1930, June initially trained to be a hairdresser. Swept away by army man Joseph Jones, who was stationed at Colchester Garrison, she moved to Ipswich in 1963.

Under the couple’s leadership, the Lion’s Head went from strength to strength, becoming the Ipswich Star’s Pub of the Year in 1983.

June, who worked from when she was 14 until she was 80, was a “caring woman” who “always thought about other people”, her daughter Joanna Dyer, 54, said.

She completed the Relay for Life, Stride for Life and Run for Life, raising cash for cancer research after being diagnosed with the illness herself in her 40s.

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When she turned 80 in 2010, instead of presents, she asked friends and family to donate to the Have a Heart Appeal.

“Mum was always organising different activities at the pub, said Mrs Dyer. “At Christmas time, we would sometimes have up to 30 people for dinner. She didn’t want them to be lonely.”

Mrs Dyer, a Felixstowe Academy teacher who has two daughters, Kimberly, 30, and Louisa, 27, said her children and grandchildren, the youngest of which turns six this week, will miss June dearly.

June retired at 70 – after 20 years at the pub – but that didn’t stop her from volunteering as a hairdresser at Foxhall Day Care Centre, which she later won a long service award for.

Her funeral will take place on Friday.

June’s funeral will take place this Friday, July 15

The service will be held at St Augustine’s Church at 12pm.

She will be buried at Lawn Cemetery, next to her husband Joe, as she requested.

There will be a wake afterwards at the California Social Club, and everyone is welcome there.

Guests are asked to bring a single flower, as June said she did not want people wasting money on flowers. The family will be collecting donations for cancer research, and the new heart department at Ipswich Hospital.

Liverpool Football Club’s theme song, You’ll Never Walk Alone, will be playing at the funeral.

Joe, originally from Liverpool, loved the song, as did June.

It is traditionally sung at the end of every family party.