Canadian HOF'er Coe-Jones, 56, dies of cancer

Dawn Coe-Jones, one of the most successful Canadians to play the LPGA, died of cancer early Saturday morning. She was 56.

Coe-Jones died under hospice care with family at her side near her home in Tampa, Fla., according to the Legends Tour. She is survived by her husband, James Edward Jones; son, Jimmy Jones, 21; in-laws Sandy and James Jones; and brothers Mark and John Coe.

“The LPGA Legends are heartbroken about the loss of our great friend, Dawn, who fought a valiant fight over the past few months against a rare form of sarcoma,” Jane Blalock, CEO of the Legends Tour, said in a tour news release. “Dawn was truly a player and a person admired, respected and loved by all of us who had the fortune to know and play alongside her. This is indeed a very sad day.”

Coe-Jones was diagnosed in March with dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. She received the Legend Tour’s Colleen Walker Spirit Award last month. The award recognizes a Legends Tour Player who exemplifies Walker’s spirit, courage and love of the game. Walker died after a lengthy battle with cancer in December 2012.

“Dawn touched so many people,” Gail Graham, a fellow Canadian and two-time LPGA winner, said in the Legends Tour news release. “She was always the one who worried about others.”

In a 25-year career, Coe-Jones won three LPGA events and more than $3.3 million. She won the 1992 Women’s Kemper Open, the 1994 HealthSouth Palm Beach Classic and the 1995 Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions. A native of Campbell River, British Columbia, Coe-Jones was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. She won two British Columbia Junior titles, two British Columbia Women’s Amateurs and the 1983 Canadian Women’s Amateur. She was a first-team All-American at Lamar University and graduated from there with a degree in elementary education. She joined the Legends Tour in 2006.

Last month, LPGA players rallied to support a local charity golf tournament in Tampa named for Coe-Jones. It was a benefit to the Amandalee Fund at Moffitt Cancer Center. Twenty-six LPGA pros joined the field, according to the Legends Tour, and raised more than $51,000 for sarcoma research.

Memorial service and funeral arrangements are being planned. Donations to the Amandalee Fund for sarcoma research at the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation can be made by calling 813-745-1403 or 1-800-456-3434, extension 1403. Also, donations can be made by mail to: Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, Attention: Allison Fonner, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.