Born: May 30, 1956 (Edmonton)
Died: January 19, 2014 (North Vancouver, British Columbia)
The sudden death of Tim Jones, aged 57, while hiking led to an outpouring of grief and praise for the well-known volunteer team leader of the North Shore Rescue team in B.C.. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2011, by which time he had taken part in more than 1,400 search-and-rescue calls over 25 years.
Jones played football for Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver, earning an athletic scholarship to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. In 1974, he began the first of four seasons as a centre with the SFU Clan, a rare Canadian-based school to play American football against American competition.
In 1978, the Toronto Argonauts selected Jones in the fifth round (No. 41 overall) of the college player draft. He never played a regular-season game in the Canadian Football League.
Jones worked as a paramedic for 32 years. He died after collapsing while on a hike on Mount Seymour, where he had rescued many others in difficulty over the years.