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Dwight Jones Day a success


Published on August 11, 2017

Kelsey Jones (left) and her sister Jessica Sarson throw out the first pitch at the newly-minted Dwight Jones Field Wednesday night at Robb's Centennial Complex in Amherst. Jones and Sarson are the daughters of Dwight.

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AMHERST – Charlie Chambers speaks for many when he says Dwight Jones had a huge impact on his life.

“We aspire to be like him,” said Chambers before fireworks were set off in honour of Jones at the conclusion of the inaugural Dwight Jones Day Wednesday night. “Dwight’s the most important man in my life outside my family and my dad.”

Chambers is a teacher at Amherst Regional High School and coach’s both baseball and basketball.

Whether in the classroom, on the court, or on the ball field, Chambers often uses life lessons he learned from Jones to help him see his way through life.

“Dwight’s always been a mentor to me,” said Chambers. “I often ask myself, ‘what would Dwight say, or how would he approach this situation.’”

Jones passed away in May of 2016 following a battle with cancer. After his funeral, Chambers approached Corey Crocker, facilities co-ordinator with the Town of Amherst, about dedicating the ball field at Robb’s Centennial Complex in Jones’ name.

“Dwight’s impact on physical activity in this town is unbelievable,” said Chambers. “And this ball field will be a reminder of his impact upon the town.”

Dwight Jones Day featured physical activities throughout Amherst, including basketball and baseball at Robb’s.

“This was a great tribute to a great Amherstonian,” said Chambers. “It was a wonderful day and Dwight would have been humbled by it.”

Dwight’s daughter, Jessica Sarson, agrees with Chambers.

“It was touching to see all the support and the honouring of my father. He would be humbled,” said Sarson. “He didn’t even like to be in pictures, so this was a big stretch to have all this attention focused on him.”

Jones’ photo now looks upon the field dedicated to his name from the right field scoreboard.

“To see his photo in the field and have it named after him is surreal,” said Sarson. “I want to thank the town for today’s activities and for including my sister and I in the planning of the event.”

Her sister, Kelsey Jones, also thanked everybody for making it a special day.

“The best way the town could honour our father was to put on a display of sports the community could enjoy,” said Jones.

“It was a lovely dedication that honoured our father, and the turnout was wonderful. It was a great crowd,” she added. “Everyone was having a great time, and that was important to my father.”

Kelsey Jones opened the dedication ceremony by singing O Canada.

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The band, C-4, provided entertainment during the festivities at Robb's Centennial Complex. C-4 is: (from left) Ed Cooke on guitar, Dave Cameron on Drums, singer Julie Carde, and Troy MacEachern on bass.

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Sports were played throughout Amherst during Dwight Jones Day, including basketball at Roob's Centennial Complex. Patrick Liebmann (left) and Ryan MacInnis did battle on the basketball court. MacInnis won the game of one-on-one by a score of 7-3.

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Alaina Porter throws a pitch for the Springhill Fencebusters at Robb's Centennial Complex.

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Isaac VanSnick pitched for the Amherst Athletics on Wednesday.

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Flag-bearers were also part of the ceremony.

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A new sign was unveiled during the cermony.

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Julie Carde sings while Ed Cooke plays guitar.

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Dwight Jones' mom, 92-year-old Audrey Jones, walks to take a seat with her son, Raymond Jones, before the start of Wednesday's dedication ceremony. Raymond is Dwight's brother.

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James Dorrington takes a photo of the new sign in the outfield while workers depart.

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Basketball players continued to play basketball at the end of the evenings festivities.

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People gathered to watch the fireworks.

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Kelsey Jones, with support from her sister Jessica Sarson, talked about her father during the dedication ceremony.

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