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Topside Chef Killed by Family Member in Colorado

John Jones, known as Okie to friends in Montauk, was allegedly thought to be an intruder, according to The Denver Post.

A man with long-standing ties to Montauk was killed in Colorodo in a case of alleged mistaken identity this weekend.

John Jones, known as "Okie" and who worked at the Gosman family restaurants for many years, was stabbed to death in Littleton after a family member mistook him for an intruder on Saturday night, according to The Denver Post.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's office said Jones, 48, died of multiple stab wounds and has ruled his death as a homicide, The Post reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, police were called to a mobile home park about an intruder who had been stabbed at around 11:45 p.m. Jones died at the hospital.

So far no charges have been filed against the family member.

Jones worked for the Gosman family for about 25 years, spending summers in Montauk, according to Robert Gosman, who called Jones one of his best friends. He started working at and then later at and , where he was an executive chef.

"We're still basically in a state of shock out here," Gosman said. A number of his family members who knew Jones well plan on flying out to Colorado for the services and hope to hold a memorial service for him in Montauk before the start of the summer season.

"His heart was as big as Montauk," Gosman said while remembering him as "a gentle giant" and a good natured man. "He was always smiling. You very rarely would ever see him get angry or mad and even if he did it was over in 10 seconds," Gosman said.

Jones, whose full name was John Thomas Jones, ended up with the nickname of "Okie" because he was originally from Oklahoma, Gosman said. The Gosman family was expecting him back in mid-April ahead of the summer season.

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kat January 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM
The food in montauk will never be the same. God Bless. R.I.P OKIE xo
Lynn Kaplan January 20, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Oh, NO! Such an unbelievable tragedy...RIP, Okie!
Howie East End Lines January 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
What a Happy Man!! You are right!! He will be missed. I can remember playing softball on Lyons Field back in the 80's. Gosman's vs Gurney's I can't beleive it !!! WOW!!!!
carmen sosa January 22, 2012 at 02:03 AM
My name is Carmen Sosa and I had the chance to meet Okie 2 years ago in Montauck. My son Emmanuel Moreno has been working with the Gosman Family for seven years at The Top Side...he's very saddened & shocked with his death. Okie will be deeply missed by his kitchen crew. God bless his family in this moment of sorrow...
Richie Jones June 20, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I will always love my little brother!
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Our condolences to you and your family. As you can see, your brother was very loved in Montauk!
Brian Woerlen June 23, 2012 at 05:36 AM
This makes me so sad. Okie was like a brother to me, can't beleave it. Something was pulling me to montauk, so sorry to find out. He was one of a kind. I will never forget you Oakie!!!! Love always.... Brian woerlen.
Richie Jones July 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Well brother Brian, I hope to meet you someday for a beer and some stories about an irreplaceable Man. Thanks!
dylan thomas jones January 01, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I love you uncle jt!

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