Halifax lawyer, activist Rocky Jones passes away

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HALIFAX - Well-known Nova Scotia lawyer and social activist Dr. Burnley Allan ‘Rocky’ Jones has passed away, just shy of his 71 birthday.

Burnley (Rocky) Allan Jones will recive the Order of Nova Scotia for his achievements in the province.

According to media reports, Jones died in hospital Monday after suffering several heart attacks.

The Truro native was devoted to issues of racial equality, poverty and human rights. His activities with Toronto’s Students Union for Peace Action in the 1960s earned him the nickname “Rocky the Revolutionary” and he was instrumental in founding programs for African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq students at Dalhousie University.

He worked for legal aid after receiving his law degree in 1992 until he founded his own law firm, focused on human and prisoner rights and labour law.

Jones received several awards for his work, including the Order of Nova Scotia in 2010.

Organizations: Students Union for Peace Action, African Nova Scotian, Dalhousie University Order of Nova Scotia

Geographic location: Truro, Toronto

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  • Dr. Carolyn G. Thomas
    July 31, 2013 - 12:40

    Deacon Matthew and I were so shocked and saddened to hear about Rocky's death. Our entire family is in prayer for the family. A mighty man with a mighty heart that now has taken him physically down BUT spiritually - upwards! Our loss is heaven's gain. May God continue to shine on his family, those blessed by Rocky and those who will be blessed even by knowing of him. One - Burnley "Rocky" Jones. May He now rest in peace. Matthew, Carolyn and Family.

  • Richard & Esther Provencher
    July 30, 2013 - 20:07

    Rocky Jones was an inspiration to so many people, regardless of race or background. He forged ahead with what he believed was fair and right. He will be missed. Condolences to his family, from friends.

  • veronica paris
    July 30, 2013 - 12:53

    You will be missed by many Rocky, and your Purpose on This Earth was fulfilled 110% ..PLUS... Your Name will Live On as well as all that you have Done for so many of us. . Your Blessing`s in Heaven WILL BE MANY I AM SURE. Rocky You are A great LOST ON THIS EARTH .......BUT A GIANT GAIN IN HEAVEN...... Many Blessing`s to the Jones Family.. From Veronica Paris

  • LeeAnne
    July 30, 2013 - 10:08

    Very sad to hear of Rocky's passing. He was an amazing man and will be missed.