Tearful farewell to popular Sheffield animal lover

The funeral of Jackie Longley was held at Grenoside Crematorium on Friday
The funeral of Jackie Longley was held at Grenoside Crematorium on Friday

It was standing room only as hundreds of people packed out a small church to bid a tearful farewell to Sheffield’s popular ‘cat lady’.

Family and friends gathered at Grenoside Crematorium to pay their respects to Jackie Longley, the founder and patron of the Cat Abuse Treatment Society in Firth Park.

Jackie Longley and one of her cats

Jackie Longley and one of her cats

Jackie, who devoted her life to caring for abandoned cats, passed away suddenly aged 68.

There were tears and laughter as Jackie’s cousin shared stories from her life - including the tale of when she scooped the title of Miss Eastbourne while doing a summer job down south.

Pieter Wing, a CATS patron, said: “You don’t normally hear of funerals being beautiful, but this was.

“Jackie would have been so touched to see just how much she meant to other people.”