In loving memory of Clive Jones who sadly passed away on 30th October.
The funeral service was held on Thursday 10th December at St. Mary the Boltons Church. The committal took place the following day at Mortlake Crematorium.
A film of the service is shared below, along with personal tributes.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Clive over 20 years ago as an amateur enthusiast before getting seriously into dealing myself. First of all I remember him striking a hard bargain when buying from me as a newcomer to Spitalfields market. He had a keen eye and air of insistence which compelled me to strike a deal on a collection of Japanese prints I had just bought. Who was this man with this forensic knowledge and academic air I wondered. Over many years of visiting Clives all encompassing but highly ordered stalls at the book and emphera fairs I felt I got to know him and strike up something of a kinship through our mutual appreciation of all things visual. It is a testament to Clives professionalism and archival instinct that he always won my ‘Best in Show’ award! I always made a beeline for his stand when the fairs opened. He was reliably the order amongst the chaos, but he could also be relied upon for having new and interesting material for all tastes. Like me he had a voracious appetite for buying anything with visual appeal, and his frequent trips back to Belgium always yielded an exotic mix of photographs, magazines, art work, and emphera from all eras. I wish I had got to know more about Clives life and career in Brussels but it was a great honour to get to know him better in the final years of his life.
Personally and professionally, the period while Clive was in the Directorate-General for Energy was one of the most creative periods in my career in the Commission.
I worked with Clive at the Directorate-General for Energy when I had just arrived in Brussels from Canada. I always appreciated his intellect and his honesty. We also met 3-4 years ago and he talked to me about his passion as a collector of old books and newspaper clippings. He will be missed.
I appreciated enormously Clive’s integrity both when I was working at the Greek Permanent Representation, during the first Greek Presidency, and when I worked with him at the Directorate-General for Energy, travelling to China with him. And then both Clive and Sue were such support to me during some personal challenges.
Clive was a conscientious, hard working person. I have the highest respect for him. I have good memories of that time; it felt like a privilege. Those years were amongst the best of my career at the Commission.
Greta De Boeck
Clive was a good boss; tough but fair. He got things done because he gave the example by working hard himself while still being accessible. I remember that period in my career as a very good one.
Clive’s death somehow ends one stage of our Energy Charter life. It was a great time with pioneering ideas. Working with Clive was a pleasure. His behaviour resembled that of a noble man.
Happy memories of the Energy Charter negotiations and working with Clive, and his and Sue’s home with treasures he spotted in flea markets.
I met Clive a few years ago together with Leif Ervik. His name brings only good memories from the good old times when we were all working together. One of the best periods of my professional life.
The news of Clive’s passing hurts and it humbles. But it also evokes one of the best of times when we were much younger, aspiring, idealistic, with a pioneering feeling that the sky’s the limit. We were the first and different. Clive was one of the key founders of the Energy Charter (on top of many other things), he led the charge and will be forever associated with this endeavour. I was fortunate to work with Clive in those hectic times. And I am and always will be grateful to him for his advice and support. For me, he is the embodiment of all the best of the nation and the Commission he served so brilliantly. He made an impact on my after-Charter professional life too, especially in G8 and G20. “Clive’s school” helped me a lot in those incredibly challenging and intellectually rewarding years of multilateral activities. I am terribly glad that when we met briefly last time in Brussels I told Clive how much I valued him.
Dear Clive, we will always remind you with a lot of affection. Friendly, attentive and educated. The best grandfather. You left a beautiful family. Robin, Sophie, Jenny, Tracy and Ply, From Mexico we send you all a strong hug and our most sincere condolences.