Jane Longmate

Jane Helen Longmate (Dagg)

Saturday, September 2nd, 1950 - Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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LONGMATE, Jane Helen (nee Dagg)
Our hearts, though broken, are fuller because we loved her. Our beloved Jane passed peacefully on October 4, 2020 at Joseph Brant Hospital. Wife and best friend of David, sister of Phil (Brenda), Diana (Keith), Jesse (Sherry) and sister in law of Chuck (Hilda May), Betty and Sue. Adored Aunt and Great Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Whether as a partner, a sister, an aunt or a friend, she was a sensitive, loving, calm and accepting force in our lives which leaves us all feeling a little lost with her sudden departure. She approached every adventure with unbridled enthusiasm, a contagious sense of humour and her unwavering glass-half full view. She loved with her entire generous yet tender heart and made everyone who crossed her path feel valued. She was a passionate cheerleader and a proponent of kindness which she demonstrated regularly through her actions and words.

Seventy years does not feel like nearly long enough. During her time on earth she was the best wife and partner to David and together they had many adventures. Before retiring Jane was a teacher with HWDSB for over 32 years where she inspired and cared for her students and where many colleagues became lifelong friends. She canoed the lakes of Algonquin Park and she skied the hills of Mont Tremblant. She looked forward to golf season at Chippewa and treasured making and sharing music with her singing group, “Fourwarned”. She valued and loved her “gang” of friends and we know her presence will be terribly missed by many. We will remember her smiling eyes and her beautiful laugh but most of all we will all remember how she made each and every one of us feel.

In remembrance and as a tribute to our Jane, we would ask that you consider a kindness you experienced at her hand and pay it forward. If you are going to hug someone, do it from the heart and make them feel loved. Jane’s amazing hugs will be remembered forever.

A heartfelt thank you to Joseph Brant ICU doctors and nurses. You cared for her family as well as for her.

A private family celebration of Jane’s life will be held at White Chapel Memorial Gardens, at a later date.
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Ken and Loraine Gushie

Posted at 03:45pm
Remembering all the wonderful vacations at Tamwood Lodge..lots of laughs and great memories. Jane will always be with us in spirit .many New Years Eve parties to be remembered as well.. Always in our hearts.. Ken and Loraine Gushie.

Derek.Brenda. Palmer

Posted at 04:10pm
Having known Jane and David just a short time since, moving into the same building 3yrs ago , i always seemed to meet jane in the pool or on the golf coarse . that great smile and always laughing only a short time but a life time of memories . are thoughts and prayers to Dave and the rest of the family . Derek .Brenda Palmer

Linda Munroe

Posted at 12:02pm
I was so saddened to hear that Jane is no longer with us. We first met as teachers when Burkholder Middle School reopened. Jane's many attributes became obvious early as we began working closely as a staff to build a new school together. She had an amazing work ethic and wonderful sense of humour. She was always kind and encouraging as she helped the most challenging of students feel comfortable each day at school, but she was at her finest when on a school trip. She was a terrific roommate and always made me laugh as she rushed to unpack and settle in as soon as we arrived. She had boundless energy and enthusiasm and was always up for a challenge. I feel blessed to have known her. I send my deepest condolences to David and her family and friends. She will be missed by many and remembered fondly by all of us. Sincerely, Linda Munroe

Carol Kramer

Posted at 11:49pm
Jane and I met in kindergarten 65 years ago. She is my oldest, dearest and best friend. As kids, we played together and joined each other's family outings. We went through school and the teenage years together. When Jane met Dave and I met my husband, we were an inseparable group of four as well. We married in the same year, she being my maid of honour and I, hers. We enjoyed so many laughter-filled vacations together, especially at Tamwood Lodge. When my son was born, Jane and Dave were, of course, the godparents. During all those many years Jane was always there for me as a friend, mentor, someone to commiserate with and a shoulder to lean on. Even just before Covid happened, we were still having five hour lunches. The only "exemption" we made during pandemic restrictions was Jane's 70th birthday at LaSalle. Thankfully I was able to get one last "special hug" from my friend then - yes, we broke the rules! She has been such a big part of my life that I feel a huge empty void has opened with only memories, and there are so many, left to fill the hole. Over the many years we have laughed and cried together during all the ups and downs of life. Jane was there, always steadfast and loyal. Her "wicked" sense of humour was the icing on the cake. I can truly say that Jane was the kindest, most compassionate and intelligent person in my life and I will miss her greatly but realize how blessed I was to have had her as my friend - she was taken far too soon. Dave, know that I will be there for you during this difficult time of loss.

Janette Elizabeth Henderson

Posted at 09:15pm
I had the pleasure of meeting Jane at Jim and Lynn Marino 's yearly New Year's get together . I will always remember her contagious laugh , her beautiful smile and her wonderful sense of humour .
My thoughts , prayers and condolences go out to David , her husband and her whole family .

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