Russell Edward Long
March 9, 1918 - June 16, 2013
Russ Long died peacefully on June 16, 2013 after an eventful life of 95 years. Russell Edward Long was born in Potsdam, NY, graduated from Potsdam High School and matriculated at Clarkson College where he played football and basketball. He was working for Niagara Mohawk Power Company in Potsdam when WWII began and Russ then enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941. Russ participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division and came back to the US to serve out his military obligation. Russ met and married Dorothy Thomas in 1945 and they were married more than 60 years. After the war, Russ lived in Potsdam and eventually retired from Niagara Mohawk after more than 30 years of service as a right of way agent. He then lived his summers in Potsdam and winters in Florida, with golf being played almost daily with his wife, Dot, and their many friends from Potsdam and Florida. They were members of the Potsdam Town and Country Club for over 40 years. Russ and Dot moved to Cary, North Carolina to live out their retirement in the year 2000.
Russ was a gifted athlete who competed at the college level in both football and basketball. He also won many awards as a bowler and he played golf into his late 80's. Russ was an avid hunter and fisherman and there was nothing he enjoyed more than taking a boat to the upper Raqquette River. He loved hockey and gave many of his free hours to teaching youngsters in the Potsdam Junior Hockey Association. He followed the Carolina Hurricanes NHL Hockey Team with avid interest and never missed watching a game.
Russ was predeceased by his wife, Dot and his parents, Ned and Blanche Long. Surviving Russ is his son,Thomas E. Long (Shawn Regan Long) of Cary, NC and daughter, Janet Long Peterson(Eric) of Issaquah, Washington. Grandchildren include Whitney Regan Long(Cary, NC), Brendan Regan Long (Cary, NC), Morgan Regan Long (Cary, NC) Shane Regan Long(Cary, NC), McKenzie Peterson Tewel (Scott) of Seattle, Washington and Jordan Peterson(Randi Louise) of Seattle, Washington.
A funeral mass and internment will be held at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Colton, NY on August 23, 2013 at 11:00 am.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org and the Kids N Community Foundation , Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club, 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
Condolences may be sent to www.BrownWynneCary.com
Published in The News & Observer on July 21, 2013