A FARMER and businessman best-known for his successes in the world of sheep dog trials has died at the age of 90.
Trevor Jones, from Kniveton, who died at St Mary’s Nursing Home on Friday, November 29, was a familiar face at Dovedale Sheepdog Trials for more than 50 years.
Born in St Asaph, North Wales he entered his first competition at the age of 16 and went on to win awards nationally, representing England at the International Sheepdog Trials in 1967 with his dog ‘Jim’.
Mr Jones graduated from St Asaph Grammar School and gained an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science from the University College of North Wales, Bangor.
During his time there he demonstrated his all-round sporting ability by being selected as goalkeeper for the Wales Universities Football Team.
He joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and a promotion brought him to Derbyshire in 1953 initially lodging with the Peach Family in Mapleton before moving to Alkmonton when he married Beryl Webster, the daughter of Waterhouses Corn Merchant Philip Webster, in 1954.
After starting a family they moved to Kniveton where Trevor expanded his beloved sheep farming enterprise.
He was an active member of the community, acting as chairman of the parish council, treasurer for the parish church and organise the junior football team. His son Mark said: “He was a proud father enjoying his familiy’s achievements and was always happy to offer support or advice to family or friends alike.
“His qualities of strong character and good humour made him a popular companion and valued friend.”
After retiring from his Ministry of Agriculture position in 1972, a series of unfortunate deaths saw Trevor take the role of chairman at John Mason and Son Ltd, the family textile business in Leek in 1978.
He then presided over the most successful period in the company’s long history, resulting in the business being bought by John Crowther PLC in 1986.
After his triumphant spell in business, he returned to his first love of farming and sheepdog trials, officiating as president in 1985 and finally competing at Dovedale Sheepdog Trials in 2004.
His funeral will be held at St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Church in Kniveton tomorrow at 11.30 am.