GULFPORT, Miss. - "The Man, the Myth, The Legend," otherwise known as Dean Allyn Long, passed away on Monday (April 25, 2016) in Gulfport, with his daughters by his side at the early age of 61.
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Dean, the son of Arthur and E. Lucy Long, was born on July 18, 1954 in Hornell, N.Y.
He graduated from Canaseraga (N.Y.) Central School with the class of '72 and went on to play basketball via scholarship at Olean (N.Y.) Business Institute while obtaining an associates degree in accounting. Dean went on to become an accomplished auditor for the Pennsylvania Department of Auditor General and audited several local school districts within surrounding areas. Even though accounting was his career field, he considered himself a master craftsman and took great pride in his creations. He had many hobbies but overall, athletics and mentoring children were his passion! Through countless years of coaching, umpiring, refereeing, and volunteering, he has left a legacy with many people that will last a lifetime!
Throughout his lifetime, every morning began with ESPN, peanut butter toast (a necessity with every meal), and at least two cups of coffee. Dean has always been known as the master of all sports as he played and enjoyed watching any of them from women's softball to college basketball and everything in between. His daughters literally refer to him as a walking Sports Almanac. Some of his favorites include his beloved New York Yankees and his Buffalo Bills. At the end of the day though above everything else, Dean's pride and joy has always been his girls!
He is survived by his two daughters, Danielle (Quentin) Bradt and Angela (Michael) Copponi and his four granddaughters, Dakoda Bradt, Madison Copponi, Makena Bradt, and Chelsea Copponi. Even though his family is small, he has touched the lives of so many!
It is not the end yet but a new beginning! To honor the man all held so dear, a memorial softball game and picnic is being planned for early June of 2016 and will be held in Allegany, N.Y., (more information to follow).
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the St Bonaventure Women's Softball Team.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is serving the family. An online guestbook and tributes offered at www.riemannfamily.com.
Riemann Family Funeral Home
11280 Three Rivers Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
Published in The Bradford Era from Apr. 28 to May 3, 2016