AKWESASNE – Belson Foster Jones, 73, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2023 at Massena Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Belson was born on September 7, 1950 in Syracuse, the son of the late Foster and Pathenia (Gibson) Jones. He grew up in Onondaga where he graduated from Onondaga Central School. Following his graduation, he entered the United States Navy, serving his country as a corpsman until his honorable discharge. On April 8, 1988, he married Roxene Cook in Onondaga.

Belson was a self-employed roofer before starting employment with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, where he was a carpenter and maintenance technician. He had previously worked for the Mohawk Indian Housing Corporation. He was a member of the Akwesasne Death Benefits and enjoyed doing carpentry work, fixing things, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Belson is survived by his wife, Roxene; his chosen children, David R. Mitchell of Maniwaki , Quebec and Chance L. (Michelle) Tarbell of Brushton; his grandchildren, Cohen, G, Anna-Marie, and Sundance Mitchell and Chezlynn Tarbell; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Patricia George, Nelson Jones, Sr., Ronnie Jones, Sr., Jeffrey Jones, Bruce Jones, Myron Jones, Sr, Blanche Jones, Diane Jones, and Noel Jones.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Donaldson Funeral Home, 100 N. Main Street, Massena where friends may call Friday 3-6:00 PM, there will be no funeral services.

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