RIP Jimmy Jones; The Best ‘First Boss’ Ever
According to their official Facebook page, the founder, CEO and namesake of the 'Jimmy Jones Locker' seafood restaurants in Somersworth and Rochester, passed away yesterday. He was the first boss I ever had and so much fun to work for.
It was the winter of 1990 and a classmate of mine asked me if I'd be interested in washing dishes at Jimmy Jones Locker. One of the kids on staff had temporarily quit to play hockey and I jumped at the chance. In a few days, I'd be getting my driver's license and badly needed a source of income.
For the next few months I'd not only wash and dry, but also make my foray into the 'custodial arts' as the two man night crew would mop the floors and clean the restrooms.
A former Marine, Jimmy looked like he could bench press a truck. I had heard a few legendary stories of him losing his temper so I was a bit fearful of him initially, but it didn't take long to realize that he was always kind and friendly to his crew.
He was hilarious too, I still say a couple of phrases that were uniquely his and his alone. For instance, if someone was miserable and complaining about everything? They,'Had their head hanging out of a horse's rear end when they walked in here'. I still use that phrase! It's perfect.
It's been over a decade since I've seen him and THIRTY years since I worked for him, but every day when I drive by that restaurant (and every time I get an amazing combo there) I'll always remember him as the best first boss anyone could have.
My deepest condolences to his family and crew.