She was born in Toronto, attended Havergal College and graduated from Victoria College at U of T.
A lifelong Torontonian, proud and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Jean was married for 58 years to Stephen Long, mother to Mary Eleanor, Stephanie (Greg) and Alex (Neel), grandmother to Hannah and Thomas.
Her sister Mary Thompson predeceased her.
Her strong Christian values and urge to help others led to a life of volunteerism – Brownies and Girl Guides, Delisle Youth Services, Churches-on-the-Hill food bank and especially with her church family, at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Later in life she enjoyed a second career teaching adult high school to new Canadians.
Her retirement party was a large gathering, attended by many students who had been touched by her passion, hard work and dedication. But Jean's family was always her biggest source of pride and joy.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home, 1403 Bayview Avenue, from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20th. A funeral service will be held in CALVIN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 26 Delisle Avenue on Saturday, April 21st, at 2 o'clock.
Contributions in Helen's memory may be made to the Churches-On-The-Hill Foodbank (www.cothfoodbank.ca).