James Henry Longmire

February 14, 1939June 3, 2020

LONGMIRE, James H. Passed away peacefully at University Hospital on June 3rd, 2020.

Predeceased by his dear wife Myrna (1994), brother William Lorne and sister Dorothy.

Survived by his brother John, sisters Patricia and Kathleen, son Shawn (Brenda) and many other family members.

James retired from the Navy in 1989 after nearly 30 years of service. After retirement, he was a very loved commissionaire at John Paul High School. Around town, he could not go anywhere without running into someone who knew him.

His loss will be deeply felt by all who loved him.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at a future date.

In care of Needham Funeral Service. Words of comfort may be left for the family at


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Tonya Renshaw

June 20, 2020

Mr. Longmire was an amazing man. I knew him when I was in school at JPII. He always had a smile and kind words to share, especially for those who didn't necessarily fit in. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.

Sharon Biskaborn

June 12, 2020

Our family was very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to Jim's family and friends. Jim was such a kind and caring gentleman. His involvement with JPII was so amazing, his guidance, smile and presence at so many school activities showed just how much he cared. Even in retirement he came back to play Santa for Christmas. The two young ladies pictured with him were student teachers at the time, previously they had spent their high school years at JPII. No wonder Jim was so special his birthday was on Valentine's day. May he rest in peace. The Biskaborn Family

Stacey Thibodeau

June 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Longmire family on their loss of Jim. It was my pleasure to work with such a hard-working, dedicated, loyal and true gentleman at JPII. He started all of our days with such a warm greeting and bright smile. His gift of remembering every student name (among many others) was incredible. After his retirement, he would often stop by to say hello or send a quick email letting us know who he ran into on his errands throughout the community.
The staff and students of JPII are privileged to have known him.
Rest in peace Jim.

Ashley King

June 9, 2020

My deepest condolences to Jim's family.

I will always remember his smile and kind energy. He was always ready to greet us in the morning. He also seemed to really enjoy being around us students and being a part of the JP II community. He was much loved at JP II and he will be greatly missed.

Lila Desjardine

June 9, 2020

Jim caught me skipping school many times. But boy am I ever grateful that he kept me accountable and kept my butt in school. He was a great man! He will definitely be missed.

Chad Townson-Hitchen

June 9, 2020

Mr. Longmire helped me through a very difficult time for me and my family when I was a student at JP2. He was also very patient with the crazy hyper kid that I was. I will always be thankful for our talks and for his heartfelt concern. His loss is felt deeply by all who had the benefit of knowing him and my condolences go out to his family and loved ones.

Deanna Collrin

June 9, 2020

To the Family of Jim Longmire - my deepest condolences.
The passing of Jim Longmire will leave a lasting void in the hearts of all those who loved him. Jim lived his life simply and meaningful with integrity, honour and loyalty. His friends included a far-reaching network from his Navy years to his John Paul II years to his generous volunteer work at the Food Bank. His love of family was unsurpassed ; he often spoke of them with such love and with gratitude. Jim so appreciated the devotion of his son, Shawn, and his daughter-in-law, Brenda.
Jim possessed an uncanny ability to recall faces, names, license plate and telephone numbers. The solid bond he created with the students of John Paul II as a friend, mentor, and disciplinarian was a strong and lasting memory for that generation.

Jim’s talent for leatherwork and the beautiful handmade gifts he bestowed upon many of us , are most treasured. Whether it be
planting a tree or baking a homemade apple pie, Jim did it with dedication.
Jim celebrated his birthday on Feb 14...a fitting day for Jim to be born...for his life was that of love and caring for his fellowman.
Jim Longmire was an every day hero....he walked the walk. He was most humble and never asked for praise or accolades. He left this earth leaving behind a beautiful legacy.....a friendship that I , as well as many, will forever cherish as a true gift. I am honoured to call him ‘friend.’
Jim Longmire was the ‘keeper of the gate’ at John Paul II. He gave us all a sense of comfort and safety each and every morning as we walked through those doors. We were greeted with a friendly ‘Good Morning’, as he went about his busy day, ensuring that all was in its place.
And now, I believe that Jim has been greeted at another gate by a friendly and reassuring presence, joyfully welcoming him home...saying, “Well done, Jim, well done.”
I will miss you, my friend.
With love and respect, Deanna

Randy Warden

June 9, 2020

It was my good fortune to know Jim through his service with the Commissionaires. I knew he kept a keen eye out for my kids when they went to JPII - as he did for all the kids there. I knew Jim to be honest, caring and I will miss him greatly.

Samantha Campbell

June 9, 2020

He was always so nice to me, we had a special kind of relationship. I Was not always in class but he would never get me into trouble, would just politely ask me to go back to class, sometimes a few times in one day lol. He always treated me with kindness and respect. My family knew him as well and would always say hello and chat to whoever would pick me up. You will certainly be deeply missed.

Juan Romero

June 8, 2020

I spent many a lunch hour in that cafetorium or whatever it was called.

Thank you for keeping a watchful eye over us.