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AGE: 85 • Middletown
John Long, 85, of Middletown passed peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family and friends on April 4th, 2014. Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ., John, while still in High School enlisted to serve in World War II. He was a proud Army veteran and also served under Military Sea Transport, responsible for delivering troops and supplies during the Korean and Vietnam wars. At the time he earned his Masters License, he was the youngest candidate to do so. He attributed this great accomplishment to a strong work ethic and "burning the midnight oil." After 7 years as a Panama Canal Zone Pilot, he returned with his young family to settle in Middletown. A loyal member of the Master, Mates & Pilots Union, he joyfully sailed as Captain around the world until his retirement in 1995. His passions were cool cars, delicious foods, daily mass, reading and viewing anything related to history, and keeping current with his friends and colleagues through M,M&P Union functions.
John is predeceased by his brother the Reverend Jeremiah Long, sisters Eleanor Cosgrove, Elizabeth Schmidt, and Eileen O'Leary. Surviving are his devoted wife of 49 years Cecelia, sons and daughter in law Jeremiah and Carol Ann Long of Madison, Ct, Daniel Long of Middletown, NJ, brother Richard Long of North Arlington, NJ, and grandchildren Cassandra and Jeremy Long.
John was a communicant of St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church in Holmdel, NJ, a proud member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans Society, and a member of the Christian Brothers Academy Father's Club.
John will be reposing at the Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home 1735 Rt 35 Middletown, New Jersey 07748 on Tuesday April 8, 2014 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at St. Catharines R.C. Church in Holmdel at 9:15am. Entombment will follow at St. Gabriel Cemetery in Marlboro, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Catherine's Church Holmdel.
Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
1735 Rt 35
Middletown, NJ 07748
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 7, 2014