Nova Scotia

Halifax curling community mourns death of curler

Members of Halifax's curling community are mourning today after one of their own died while scuba diving in Blind Bay, N.S. on Sunday.

David Jones, 58, was pronounced dead after son pulled him from water while scuba diving in Blind Bay, N.S.

David Jones, general manager of the Mayflower Curling Club and a renowned ice maker, died Sunday while scuba diving in Blind Bay, N.S. (CBC)

Members of Halifax’s curling community are mourning today after one of their own died while scuba diving in Blind Bay, N.S. on Sunday.

David Jones, right, was the general manager of the Mayflower Curling Club and a renowned ice maker. (CBC)

David Jones, the general manager of the Mayflower Curling Club and a renowned ice maker, was pulled from the water by his son a few kilometres east of Peggys Cove where the pair were scuba diving.

Emergency crews were called to Blind Bay around 6:15 p.m. Sunday night.

Paramedics worked to resuscitate Jones after he was pulled from the water unconscious but those attempts failed.

Dale Hutchinson, Mayflower’s assistant ice maker worked side-by-side with Jones for almost 20 years.

"Not only was he a good manager and ice maker but he was a good person, and anybody associated with Mayflower will tell you that, I’m sure," said Hutchinson.

Jones and his son were scuba diving in this bay, not far from Peggys Cove. (Preston Mulligan/CBC)

Frankie Amos is one of Jones’ friends who gathered Monday at the Mayflower Curling Club to console each other and share their grief.

"He was not just an icon, he was a treasure and a friend, so it's tough," he said.

"He was an awesome curler. I mean he won the Nova Scotia tankard to go to the Brier and he won the Nova Scotia mixed. He was a great competitor and then he took that and became a great club manager," said CBC reporter and curler Colleen Jones.

He and his son had only taken up recreational scuba diving a little more than a year ago.

Jones is presumed to have drowned but an autopsy was scheduled for Monday to determine the exact cause of death.

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