Like Millions of people, the death of teen idol, Davy Jones, affected me greatly. He was one of the best parts of my childhood, in many ways, he saved my childhood. I had to attend his memorial in Beavertown, Pa where he had lived for over two decades, only recently spending winters in Florida. The mayor was gracious, the townspeople were friendly. It is a small town of about 900 people and Jones moved there after visiting a friend and it reminded him of the English countryside. He was often seen riding his horse to the post office and to the market to buy bread, he even shopped in the local Dollar General. He donated to the local library to keep it open and helped his neighbors. I went to his home to get pictures and it was no mansion as one may expect from a celebrity, the paint was peeling and Christmas lights were still up on the porch and trees and the fence and gate was in need of painting, he was a humble man, a good and kind man. If a fan showed up at the door they would be invited in for a visit. I was even more impressed with the man after my visit. We walked over to a church which he bought and was renovating to turn into a Monkees museum, it sounds as though plans are still going forward for the museum and the Mayor declared March 10th as Davy Jones memorial day in Beavertown, Pa and they are hoping to unveil a life sized statue of Davy at the museum on March 10th of next year and I plan on being there. What a kind, generous man and what a life.
Davy Jones Remembered in Beavertown, Pa
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