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William Longlade

William Longlade

Friday, July 29th, 1932 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Longlade, William “Bill” (1932–2020)

It is with great sadness that the family of William (Bill) Manley Longlade share the news of his passing on Saturday March 21, 2020. Bill was the patriarch of the family. A loving husband, a proud father and grandfather, Bill passed away peacefully at the age of 87.

Son of the late William Longlade Sr and the late Anne Longlade (née Prisque). Devoted Husband of the late Lorenza “Lori” Longlade (née Blondin). He will be deeply missed by his children Michelle (Pierre), Daniel (Andrea), and Charles (Sandra). He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his grandchildren, Jesse (Heather), Danielle-Anne Kastelein (Zakarie), Marcelle-Andrée, Alexandre Kastelein (Megan), and Lauren. In addition, he would have been a first-time great grandfather this year to two grandchildren.

Raised in Penetanguishene on the shores of Georgian Bay, Bill was a gifted student from a young age. He graduated top of his class and went on to complete his education at the University of Toronto, something that was quite rare for a young Métis from “across the bay”. In 1959, he married the love of his life, Lori. He always said it was ‘love at first sight’. Even after she passed, he was faithful to her memory. He bought flowers on special occasions and organized a yearly family tribute for her at the family cottage on Tiny township.

Bill became a well-respected secondary school teacher and taught for most of his career in Sturgeon Falls. Bill was fittingly recognized in 1987 when he became the recipient of Canadore College’s Excellent Teacher Recognition award for his many contributions. As was the case with his children and grandchildren, he was a mentor and a guide to his students. Even well after his retirement, many continued to keep in touch over email and even visited him on occasion. “A Teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops” (Henry Adams).

Bill read every day and continued his interest in his disciplines of history and geography, including material related to medieval history and ethnogeography. His knowledge of the world was encyclopedic. He will be remembered for his great wisdom and caring. He was a strong, proud, and ethical man who leaves a legacy of love and respect for all who had the privilege of knowing him. Bill was our beacon, and he will be profoundly missed though never forgotten.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks o the staff at the Empire retirement home. A special thank you goes to Dr. Graham, Dr. McKenna, Dr. O’Grady, and the caring nurses at the North Bay Regional Health Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

“Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.”

- Flavia Weedn


C'est avec une grande tristesse que la famille de William (Bill) Manley Longlade partage la nouvelle de son décès le samedi 21 mars 2020. Bill était le patriarche de la famille. Époux aimant, père et grand-père fier, Bill est décédé paisiblement à l'âge de 87 ans.

Bill était fils de William Longlad Sr et de Anne (née Prisque), précédemment décédés, et époux dévoué de Lorenza (Lori) Longlade (née Blondin) précédemment décédée. Il manquera beaucoup à ses enfants Michelle (Pierre), Daniel (Andrea) et Charles (Sandra). Il restera dans les mémoires de ses petits-enfants, Jesse (Heather), Danielle-Anne Kastelein (Zakarie), Marcelle-Andrée, Alexandre Kastelein (Megan) et Lauren. De plus, il aurait été pour la première fois arrière-grand-père pour deux petits-enfants.

Élevé à Penetanguishene sur les rives de la baie Georgienne, Bill était un étudiant doué dès son jeune âge. Il a obtenu son diplôme en tête de sa classe et a poursuivi ses études à l'Université de Toronto, ce qui était assez rare pour un jeune Métis de « l’autre bord de la baie ». En 1959, il a épousé l'amour de sa vie, Lori. Il a toujours dit que c’était « le coup de foudre ». Même après son décès, il était fidèle à sa mémoire. Il a acheté des fleurs lors d'occasions spéciales et a organisé un hommage familial annuel pour elle au chalet familial dans le canton de Tiny.

Bill est devenu un enseignant du secondaire très respecté et a enseigné pendant la majeure partie de sa carrière réussie à Sturgeon Falls. Bill a été reconnu à juste titre en 1987 lorsqu'il est devenu le récipiendaire du prix d'excellence en reconnaissance des enseignants du Collège Canadore pour ses nombreuses contributions. Comme c'était le cas pour ses enfants et petits-enfants, il était un mentor et un guide pour ses élèves. Même bien après sa retraite, beaucoup sont restés en contact par courriel et lui ont même rendu visite à l'occasion. « Un enseignant affecte l’éternité ; personne ne peut dire où s'arrête son influence » (Henry Adams).

Bill lisait tous les jours et continuait de s'intéresser à ses disciplines de l'histoire et de la géographie, y compris le matériel lié à l'histoire et à la géographie médiévales. Sa connaissance du monde était encyclopédique. On se souviendra de lui pour sa grande sagesse et son attention. C'était un homme fort, fier et éthique qui laisse un héritage d'amour et de respect pour tous ceux qui ont eu le privilège de le connaître. Bill était notre phare, et il nous manquera profondément et ne sera jamais oublié.

La famille tient à exprimer ses sincères remerciements au personnel de la maison de retraite Empire. Un merci spécial au Dr Graham, au Dr McKenna, au Dr O ’Grady et aux infirmières attentionnées de l’Hôpital régional de North Bay.

Au lieu de fleurs, des dons peuvent être faits à la Société canadienne du cancer ou à la Fondation des maladies du cœur.

Une célébration de sa vie sera annoncée à une date ultérieure.

« Certaines personnes entrent dans nos vies et laissent des empreintes de pas dans nos cœurs et nous ne sommes plus jamais les mêmes. »

- Flavia Weedn
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Marie-Paule Roberge

Posted at 09:15am
Bill and Lori were such a big part of my life; they taught me lessons on love, on sharing, on giving, on travelling around the world, on continuous education, on trusting others and especially on how important family relationships are in our lives. I first met Lori and Bill as a teenager when I worked during the summer in physiotherapy; both encouraged me to continue my education. They were very inspiring! Michelle, Dan, Charles : your mom would share the challenges of raising a family with me. Both Bill and Lori were so, so proud of all three of you. They left you a lasting legacy. Continue the good work with the strong ethical values they instilled in you. Sincere condolences.
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Paula Mayer

Posted at 05:09pm
My sincere sympathy,
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Jennifer Keen-Lepre

Posted at 12:17pm
I am so sorry for your loss Mitch. May you and your family take comfort in knowing that your father is with angels!

Carrie Cole

Posted at 07:55pm
My deepest condolences to the Longlade family. Mr. Longlade was a stellar educator and consummate gentleman.
His passion for teaching and caring for his students inspires me, thirty years after leaving his classroom.
I will always treasure his insight and genuine interest in his students educational and life journey.
Rest In Peace Mr. Longlade, you will be dearly missed.
CP

Cecile Perron

Posted at 09:03pm
So sorry for your loss. Your father was a kind gentle soul. Always considerate of others and always with a story of the past to make you 😊 smile. Keeping you our thoughts and prayers
Cecile Perron and family 💐💐💙
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