Jacqueline L. O'Rourke

Jacqueline L. O’Rourke 89, a resident of Cranston, Rhode Island for 65-years died Wednesday January 13, 2016 at home. She was born in Providence and was the daughter of the late Dorothy L. (Smith) Long and USMC Major John S. Long, Sr. She was the widow of the late John F. O’Rourke, Jr., her husband of 50 years. She is survived by her three children: Timothy J. O’Rourke of West Greenwich, RI; Terence C. O’Rourke of Hope, RI; and Jennifer L. O’Rourke of Marlborough, MA. She is also survived by a grandson, Ryan A. O’Rourke of Hope, RI. She leaves her brother John S. Long Jr. and his wife Linda L. Long of Warwick, RI and a nephew Thomas E. Long of Glenn Cove, NY. The daughter of a military officer, Jacqueline lived in various east coast states including New Jersey and Pennsylvania where she graduated from the prestigious Philadelphia School for Girls. In her early career, she was a currency courier in Manhattan. Later she worked as a senior bookkeeper for the investment firm of Brown, Lisle & Marshall in Providence. After marriage, Jacqueline managed two family businesses with her husband. Jacqueline loved spending time with her family, traveling the world, playing with her beloved pets, and swimming. She was the epitome of a true friend with her relationships spanning 60 or 70 years interrupted only by the passing of those dear to her. However, being a woman of deep abiding faith, she knew those separations were only temporary until she could join her loved ones again. A Celebration of Life will be held for Jacqueline in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston at 11:00am on Sunday January 17th. She will be buried with her husband in St. Ann’s Cemetery in Cranston at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jacqueline’s memory may be made to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108 or http://www.glaucoma.org.

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donald wolf - 01/16/2016

terry, to you, your family and all those who loved and cared dearly for your mom my deepest symphathies

Peter Konnecke and Olive Konnecke - 01/16/2016

Such fond memories of a beautiful lady who brought joy to many. (from Sydney Australia)

karen richardson - 01/17/2016

She was a lovely lady. I am happy that I had the chance to know her and enjoy her company

Gail Annunziata - 01/19/2016

Jennifer & Family,
I was so sorry to hear about the lost of your mom.
Your mom was a loving, caring and beautiful person to whom I had the pleasure of knowing.
May the memories held deep inside your heart help to comfort you.....
Your in my prayers.
With deepest sympathy,

Reba Holtzman - 01/22/2016

My heartfelt condolences to the O'Rourke Family...Just recently I cut Jacqueline's Hair and did her nails...She was a beautiful person...What a shock it was to hear of her passing ...May She Rest In Peace..

Andea Cambio - 01/23/2016

My Dear Auntie Jackie
You have a loving gentle soul. You presence exuded love and kindness. i always felt a tremendous sense of peace and comfort while in your presence. I regret I didnt make an effort to spend more time with you. Thoughts of you will forever evoke those feelings, so you will always be a part of me. Fly with the Angels!

John S. Long, Jr. - 01/23/2016

A short poem in honor and in memory of my "big sister." My sister found so much joy in Rhode Island's splendid seashore no matter the season no matter the view (Beaver Tail, Point Judith, Watch Hill). Here's a glimpse of one special place for my special sister:

Moonstone Beach

We are celebrating the circle,
cheering for the sphere,
a cosmic language,
more than we can grasp,
more than we can imagine--
a microcosm or a macrocosm--
moonstones in autumn,
Sirius in the East, light years removed.

Winter winds, primary dunes,
we trek upon a forgotten land,
if we are lucky,
finding snow capped stones--
imagery mushrooms--
from a December snowstorm.

In Spring,
waves retreating, sand and stone
glistening like jewels,
moonstones in June.
Morning dew appearing--
lucid, cohesive drops--
clinging to
Beach Grass on land's end--
celebrating the circle.

Alice Potter and Family - 01/23/2016

Jennifer and Family,
We were sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. She was such a sweet caring person. She will be missed.
The Potter Family

Diane Perrino - 01/26/2016

Jennifer and Family,

I am so sad to hear about the loss of your mother. Se is dancing in Heaven with her husband again.
Love, Diane

Michael O'Rourke - 01/30/2016

Thinking of Aunt Jackie brings back a flood a memories of her warmth, kindness, loving and nurturing nature. She truly lived the loving Christian virtue of placing others' needs above her own. We will all miss her very much. But, even in our grief, we can take comfort in knowing that she is truly home now, in God's loving embrace. May we all be reunited with her one day!

Michael, Barbara, Gregory, & Kathryn O'Rourke - 01/30/2016

We will always remember Aunt Jackie's loving kindness, and generous personality. May God Bless her forever!
With all our love, the O'Rourkes

Janice Katilius - 02/12/2016

Wanted to offer my condolence to Jennifer and her family. Many fond memories of my riding my bike to Jennifer's house to visit ( and have some cookies ).The wonderful pool parties that were had there will always be held in my mind.The delightful conversations w/ Mrs. O'Rourke. Rest in Peace, Janice

Tracie and Rick Wilson - 04/05/2016

I still cant believe you are not here...maybe thats because it had been years since we had seen you...although we would get to hear how you were through Jen, which made us feel close in heart although not in miles.
When we first came to the states you opened your home opened wide to us making us feel so very welcome...we could tell it was a home brimming with love.
Jen always made sure there was time to visit you whenever I visited, (I'd been more times than Rick to the States). She knew the visit would not be the same if I'd not said hi. I remember being quite envious as you proudly showed us around your new condo, this meant alot to me, as when I talked to Jen and she'd teĺl me what you'd been up to I was able to imagine you there - it seemed such a 'sunny' place.
That sunshine that I felt/imagined came from you I'm sure... radiated from your every pore. So I just want to leave you with my belated thoughts, thoughts of happiness and love is how we will remember you. Thank you for being you.
Will miss and love you for always...Tracie and Rick xxx

Louise Hasenfus - 04/22/2016

Thinking of you and remembering your wonderful mother on this very special day.
Love, Louise

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