It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Long announces his passing, with his family at his side, at St. Joseph’s Hospital on May 14, 2023. Dearly loved husband of the late Bernice Long and remembered with abiding love by children Janice and Jamie.
Born in Dunnville, to the late John Pratten Long and Alberta Regina (Nie) Long, Jack enjoyed the love of five older brothers: Bill, Fred, Chuck, Tom, and Don, all of whom predeceased him. Jack will be fondly remembered by his sister-in-law Mary, nieces, nephews and their families, as well as dear friends. Jack also leaves behind his adored cat, Victoria.
Jack began his career as a classroom teacher at the age of 19 and remained a dedicated educator for 36 years, teaching and supporting students as well as those who taught them. Jack’s generosity and kindness will be warmly remembered by many. Thank you to the teams at Amica Dundas and St. Joseph’s Hospital for your kind care and support.
I have never known a kinder more caring man than John Long. We shared time as Blue Jays spectators, colleagues and friends. I shall miss our recent phone conversations I shall always value our years together.
John was a rare, special gentleman. He went to bat for both my parents, and supported their careers as teachers and principal with a constant attitude of what was best for the kids, and to care for the staff a great deal more than others.
My brother and I grew up knowing that John was always there for Dad, and it really helped. All of us educated in his years with old Wentworth County owe him a huge vote of sincere thanks.
No doubt all of John’s family is terribly proud of him, and proud to have shared him with us all.
If only the world had more John Longs it would be a much better place, and our lives are enriched for having known and admired him.
Janice and Jamie, I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man. A man of such character. Which I see reflected in the two of you. Thinking of you both.
Dear Janice and Jamie we are so sorry about the passing of your father. He was a wonderful man and it was such a pleasure to have known him for many years. You both had such a special and loving bond with your father. That is something to be proud of. Even at 90 years of age John had an incredibly youthful spirit and passion for life. His inquisitive mind was well suited in the teaching realm because he loved being with people and he was passionate to learn. Just a few months ago he sent us details about your family tree dating back to the 1700’s. It was so fascinating to learn a little bit about your heritage. We always looked forward to hearing his stories, poetic talents and learning more anecdotes about his precious “spoiled” kitty Miss Vicky. John truly lived life to the fullest. He was a caring, gracious and loving man. Although there will be a noticeable void in your hearts with this loss we hope that the many sweet memories that you’ve shared over a lifetime will provide some comfort to you. He has instilled many beautiful gifts that are now a part of you both. We wish you our deepest condolences. All the best.
Fondly Susan, Hub, Derek and Geoff Kennedy