Paul Jones, a Hamptonite of Many Pursuits, Dies at 40

Real estate agent, bouncer, furniture maker, coach and also a new father, he was known all over Long Island’s East End. Engaged to be married, he died of Covid-19.

By Katharine Q. Seelye

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.

Paul Jones and Alexandra Saland used to work together on Long Island’s East End — he was a real estate agent and she photographed his listings. In 2016, a few years after she had left that job, she came across him on an online dating site. “Hi,” she said. He asked her out.

Within a year, they were living together in the hamlet of Water Mill in Southampton. And by 2018 Mr. Jones was down on one knee, in front of family and friends, asking Ms. Saland to marry him. Soon they were having a baby, and they put off the wedding. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“We didn’t want to get married on iPads or Zoom, so we postponed the wedding indefinitely,” Ms. Saland said in a phone interview.

Mr. Jones came down with the novel coronavirus in the fall and was hospitalized in October. But like other “Covid long-haulers,” as they came to be known, he never fully recovered. He ended up in an emergency room on Feb. 8 with shortness of breath. Then he was transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital for a heart procedure; the virus had damaged his heart. Soon he went into cardiac arrest and was put on life support.

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