The department announces with great sadness the passing of Jamie Long in September after a long illness. Jamie ran the department workshop facilities with huge energy and enthusiasm and he will be greatly missed by all in the department.
Jamie’s love of engineering began in secondary school where he had a natural talent and interest in metal work and excelled at mechanical engineering. His meticulous attention to detail and desire to do things properly and to the best of his ability served him well in his future career. His working life started as an apprentice engineer at JD Krouse, but later he joined the University of Oxford as the workshop manager. As an outstanding engineer and machinist, Jamie would always find a solution to solving a technical problem or an improvement on designs brought to him. Seeing a project through from design to completion and working collaboratively with faculty gave Jamie much satisfaction and Instrumentation that he has made over many years is used both here and by leading laboratories around the world. Jamie always provided great support to his colleagues both as an engineer and as a friend.
Jamie also had interests in cycling, using his skills in engineering to improve a range of vehicles and also playing bass with his band – Dead Section. He enjoyed playing a range of instruments at all of the local festivals and music venues and his band will be sorely missed at our Christmas parties. His charity fundraising gave him the opportunity to pursue his great joys such as cycling whilst giving back to the community.
Jamie is husband to Su and step father to Tia and Zac and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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