LITTLE, Jack D.
After a courageous battle on Sunday March 12, 2017 at University Hospital, London. John (Jack) Duncan Little of London in his 82nd year. Beloved husband of Phyllis for over 55 years. Devoted father of John (Jane Baird), David and Bill (Susie Bailey). Very proud grandfather of Jared, Jacob and Mason. Dear brother of Joan Whitlock and her husband Bev of Glencoe. Brother-in-law of Margaret Herrington and her partner the late Barry Fry of London and Richard Mahoney and his wife Wendy of Katrine formerly of London. Jack will also be missed sadly by many nieces and nephews and their families.
Jack was born on the family farm in Ekfrid Township on February 7, 1936. He graduated from Western University and began a distinguished career in education, beginning as a teacher and culminating as Director of Education for what is now the Thames Valley District School Board. Jack spent countless hours volunteering his time on numerous Boards of Directors, was very active in Rotary International where he was a past District Governor and has been an active leader at his church, Siloam United. Summers and retirement years have been enjoyed by Jack and Phyllis at their beloved cottage that Jack built on Little Doe Lake.
Visitation on Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Road East, London on Friday March 17 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Oakland Cemetery, Glencoe. Memorial contributions to the Siloam United Church Memorial Fund or The Rotary Club of London would be appreciated.
March 13, 2017, 11:37 am
John and family,
Thinking of you during this difficult time on the loss of your father.
March 13, 2017, 12:33 pm
Phyllis, John, Marg and Family
I was saddened to hear of Jack's passing. I always got a friendly hello, when we would see each other on Sundays, Jack was a wonderful man, and will be missed.
Louis & Marlene Lacoursiere
March 13, 2017, 1:55 pm
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you, Dave, and your entire family.
March 13, 2017, 5:17 pm
Phyl, John David and Bill
Jack was an amazing caring man who will be remembered by so many people in many walks of life. My thoughts are with each of you and your families at this sad time. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have.
Georgia and Dave Taylor
March 13, 2017, 8:09 pm
John and Jane,
We're very saddened to know of your loss. Our thoughts are with you all.
Rob and Joanne McTaggart
March 14, 2017, 8:55 am
John, Jane and family,
We are so sorry to hear the sad news that Jack has passed away. You are in our prayers and our sincere sympathies to you and your family during this very difficult time of loss.
Rob and Joanne McTaggart
HAROLD LYNNDA LEE CARRUTHERS
March 14, 2017, 9:40 am
PHYLLIS AND FAMILY, SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. JACK WAS ALWAYS A GREAT MAN, AND WE HAD GOOD VISITS .
March 14, 2017, 10:33 am
As a kid beginning a secondary school teaching career, I have always considered myself fortunate to have been assigned in the early 1960s to the History department at Wheable in which Jack was a member; or during those innovative and creative 1980s, when Jack was Laurier’s principal; or as Director, during those occasional noon-hour mini gab-fests while I was at Beck. Nor will I forget his caring at the time of personal family tragedy, nor his genuine good wishes shared at Beal upon my retirement. Jack was an educator extra ordinaire, and in retrospect, I could not want for a better colleague !
Bob and Joan Cummings
March 14, 2017, 10:46 am
We were very sorry to hear of Jack's death while reading The Globe and Mail here in Halifax this morning.
I first met Jack as a beginning teacher and was privileged to work with him at the Superintendent level. I always had the highest respect for Jack's high personal principles and concern for students and teachers. He will always be held in the highest regard in my memory.
Doug and Doreen Gress
March 14, 2017, 1:59 pm
Phyllis and Family.Just wanted to send you a message saying you and your family are in our thoughts an prayers at this time with your loss.Jack will be missed by all who knew him.Iam unable to be at the funeral as I have a cold. Doreen Doug
March 14, 2017, 9:00 pm
John and Family,
Sorry to hear of the death of your Father. Please accept our condolences.
Tom & Catherine Ross
March 15, 2017, 7:12 am
Joanna and I are thinking of y'all in your time of loss. Jack was my boss for most of my teaching career in various roles. He was a great leader...a REAL educator and a good friend. I always called him''EL SUPREMO''. HE loved it.
Chuck & LInda (Schultz) Carne
March 15, 2017, 9:40 am
Phyllis and family,
We send our condolences on the passing of Jack. I will always remember his smile and joking with all of us at the family reunions. May God comfort all of you during this time.
Linda & Chuck and family
March 15, 2017, 10:47 am
John, Jane, Jared and Jacob,
So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a impressive man and I know you will all miss him. Take care of your selves and Phyllis. We are thinking of you all.
Julie, Bill, Justin and Ryan Smith
March 15, 2017, 7:35 pm
John and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May you find comfort in the memories you have of times spent with your Dad.
John and Leigh
March 16, 2017, 1:43 pm
Bill, Susie and family. We are saddened by your loss and hope for all your family for peace as you say farewell to your beloved father Jack.
We love you
John, Leigh and Willow
March 16, 2017, 2:50 pm
Phyllis and family , I am so sorry to hear of your loss,Jack will be deeply missed by all of us that he touched, I will always remember his sage advice and thoughtfulness in our Rotary years together
March 18, 2017, 11:53 am
Sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead through your memories, family, friends and faith.
Jim & Joan Stewart
March 18, 2017, 2:53 pm
We both had the privilege of working with Jack throughout our careers in education, and were proud to call him a friend and neighbour.
He was a man of integrity who will be dearly missed by so many. Our prayers are with Phyllis and the family during this difficult time.
March 19, 2017, 9:25 am
Dear Phyllis, John, David and Bill.
We just heard the sad news. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences. You are in out thoughts and prayers.
Scott and Julie Marshall
Ruth Rachar Leonard
March 20, 2017, 9:36 am
Very sorry for your loss. My father (Brock Rachar) knew Jack and spoke of him often and fondly, admiring his role in education. I met "Mr. Little" my first year of teaching... very friendly as he visited my first ever class in 1988. I remember it well; I asked him what advice he would give me, a starting teacher, and he said "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission. Go with your gut and just be a great teacher." I've always tried to do that. All the best to you and your family.
March 20, 2017, 2:32 pm
Dear Bill and family,
I was so very sorry to hear of the loss of you Dad, Jack. Jack was a remarkable man who did so much for TVDSB and for his church. I will miss seeing him at church.
I will be thinking of the entire Little family as you go through this difficult time.
Keith and Margaret Jennings (Wingham, Kent, England,)
March 21, 2017, 1:04 pm
We were so upset to receive the news about our dear friend Jack. Our thoughts are very much with Phyllis and all the family at this very sad time. We send our condolences and remember all the very happy times we shared both in Canada and the UK during the educational exchange programmes we planned and enjoyed together.
Margaret, Keith, Claire and Stephen
Bob & Carole Campbell
March 21, 2017, 10:15 pm
Phyllis and family,
we extend to you our sympathies at this most difficult time. We enjoyed your friendship over the years, initially as neighbours. I had the privilege of working with Jack as fellow Vice-Principals and Principals, and for a number of years as colleagues on the school board administrative team. Jack's personal and leadership qualities were always an inspiration. He is a friend who will truly be missed, but will always be remembered.
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