Ian Jones died following a kayaking accident earlier this week
Details of a memorial service for Ian Jones, the boyfriend of Annie Lennox’s daughter Tali Lennox killed in a kayaking accident, have been confirmed.
Jones died after a kayaking he and Tali Lennox were using on the Hudson River in New York capsised. Lennox was rescued by a passing boat but Jones was found dead a day later. A man’s body was found in the water near to the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club on Monday (August 10), with an autopsy confirming the body to be Jones’ on Tuesday (August 11).
The service will be held on Saturday in Bensalem, Pennsylvania according to the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home. His family ask that donations in Jones’ name are made to Cast Your Cares or Rock Ministries of Philadelphia.
“On Saturday August 8, 2015, the world lost an amazing man,” reads the funeral home’s obituary for Jones. “His life was filled with creativity. Ian was a successful model with IMG in New York. Not only was he a beautiful model, but he was a beautiful soul. He was a kid at heart, funny, down to earth, caring man. He was a bright light to all who knew him.”
Jones’ mother told People her son’s remains were cremated following the autopsy. She plans to bring his ashes to the town of Yardley in Pennsylvania where they lived when he was a child.
A previous statement claimed that the couple “were able to stay together for about 15 or 20 minutes but then they got separated by the current.”
The search for Jones was said to be hampered by “difficult river conditions”.
Since his death, Tali Lennox has posted numerous images of herself and Jones to Instagram. In one she wrote: “My heart is shattered. My best friend, my soul mate, my partner in crime & creativity, the LOVE & LIGHT of my life is no longer with me. All the love that has been sent to me is giving me the strength to get through this. I know that he is so so happy that I was safely rescued. I have eternal gratitude for experiencing a love from Ian that was so unbelievably deep & true. We truly LIVED. Let us honor & celebrate this exceptionally beautiful soul & keep following the light.”