Jones’ leadership skills were apparent
from an early age. “He was good to the
younger kids,” Coffey says, remembering
one afternoon, playing ball on a strip of
land called the Point. “A kid everyone was
afraid of came by looking to start a fight.
Stu stood up against this kid. He stood up
for all of us. That was the way he was, the
Jones’ father’s job was a mystery. “I knew
he was a lawyer,” Jones says, “but I had
no idea how prominent he was until one
morning my mother showed me a headline
in the newspaper.” It was about a notable
case with which his father was involved.
Jones Jr. was 10 or 11.
The idyllic childhood ended when, in
eighth grade, his parents announced they
were divorcing. “[My father] was incapable
of fidelity, which is true of many famous
and successful men—another hero of mine,
JFK, being an example,” Jones says. “My
mother never held it against my father.
She welcomed him to the house and never
showed any antagonism. He supported
us, and came to our athletic events and
Another blow came when, instead of
going to La Salle Institute with his friends,
his parents told him he was headed to