BRADENTON, FL. - Michael Crossley Long left this world on April 10, 2014 in Bradenton, FL, his home for the last several years. Born in Kenosha, WI on November 1,1943 to Frances (Pfeffer) and William C. Long, he was a generous and inspiring brother to his three siblings: Pamela (Zenner -Richards), Christopher (deceased) and Terry, Mokane, MO. He had two sons: Stephen and Scott, daughter -in-law Heather (Scott) and grandsons Hunter and Hudson, Tampa, FL. He was a proud father and grandfather. Mike was an accomplished and competitive golfer from childhood to adulthood, and he departed at the start of The Masters so he could get a greenside seat. With his brothers, he learned the game at Racine Country Club where they were called the Toad Brothers. In recent years, he spent many summers in Racine playing golf with a group of old guys who would challenge each other with, if not skill, then trash talk. A graduate of St. Catherines High School and the University of Notre Dame; he received his masters degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He was a successful businessman with a long career that included executive positions with K. W. Muth Company, Masland Industries and Lear Corporation. He also led the development of the Sheboygan harbor as a member of the Sheboygan Development Corporation. Not content to sit back, he continued to share his business expertise by serving on the board of directors for Waterlefe Golf & River Club, Bradenton, FL. He will be deeply missed by his sister Pamela and brother Terry Long, Mokane, MO and brother-in-law Jim Richards, Racine; nephew Jaime Davidson, Racine and grand nephews Zachary Davidson, Chicago and JC Davidson, Racine and many, loyal, caring friends. He was a complex, special guy who touched the lives of many. He has now hit his last shot and like everything in his life: he did it his way! A celebration of his life will take place this summer when his golf group reconvenes. Thanks for the memories Mike!
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Published in Racine Journal Times on Apr. 20, 2014