April 14, 1947 – August 16, 2019
It is with great sadness that Louise’s family announces her passing on August 16, 2019. Louise was born on April 14, 1947 in Victoria, B.C., the second daughter to Gilbert and Betty Kennedy. She is predeceased by her parents, her sister Patricia, her Aunts Beatrice Kennedy and Shelagh Lindsey, Uncle Frere Kennedy, and her in-laws David and Frances Longridge, and sister-in-law Linda Longridge. She is survived by her sister Gloria Dragomatz (husband Gary), her Uncle Cas Lindsey; her husband James, her son Michael, her daughter Sara Young (husband Rene); and her grandchildren Grayson and Emma Young, and Spencer, Alison, and Ella Longridge, and their mother Melanie.
Louise attended Oak Bay High School and the University of Victoria. She married James Longridge in May 1969, then after teaching training became a dedicated and much-loved teacher in Williams Lake, Nakusp, and finally Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows, retiring in 2007. Over the years she loved to travel, play golf and curl, and especially being a member of the Silverton Ladies Hiking Club. She was also an avid reader and belonged to a wonderful book club.
Throughout her life and wherever she lived, she was an outstanding friend and hostess, and related so well with everyone she met. Her warm-hearted personality and wonderful sense of fun put everyone at ease. This is evidenced by the enormous support she received from friends and family as she faced a variety of health challenges with dignity and grace. But her greatest joy was her family, starting with her devoted husband James, and her loving children and grandchildren. Until the end, she always put her family first, and herself a distant second. As a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, in-law, teacher, and friend, she was loving and greatly loved, and will never be forgotten.
A Ceremony of Life is scheduled for 1:30 pm Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at the Riverside Community Church – 2329 Fremont Connector, Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 0M3. Reception to follow. Flowers gratefully declined. If you wish, please donate in Louise’s memory to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, or the charity of your choice.
“To live in hearts of those you leave behind is not to die” ~ Thomas Campbell
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