Bud Jones, industry veteran, dies
Jan. 17, 2014, Alberta – Bud Jones, the founder of Jasper Vending in Jasper, Alta., passed away on Dec. 21, 2013. He was 79 years old.
Before he entered the vending industry, Jones worked for the RCMP for 25 years, which ended with a two-year stint in Jasper as a staff sergeant.
Jones was the first vending operator in the Jasper area when he and his wife Jenny opened Jasper Vending in 1979. The couple also started a company called Jasper Jelly Beans, which was a bulk vending company that donated all of their proceeds to the Yellowhead Emergency Shelter for Women Society in Hinton, Alta. Over the years, Jasper Jelly Beans donated more than $60,000 to the shelter.
“He was an honest and hard-working kind of guy. He was very involved in the community,” Darren Nickle, previous owner of Can-West Distributors, told Canadian Vending and Office Coffee Service magazine.
In 1994, he sold the business to Richard Mosser of Mosser Agencies prior to relocating to Hinton, and retiring from the vending business.