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James P. "Karlin" Longo Jr.


1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
James P. "Karlin" Longo Jr. Obituary
James P. "Karlin" Longo, Jr. 1929 - 2018
UTICA - Mr. James P. "Karlin" Longo, Jr., age 88, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Heritage Health Care Center.
Born in Utica on August 29, 1929, James was the son of the late James F. and Sarah (Peters) Longo. He was a graduate of T.R. Proctor High School/Class of 1948. At one time, he was married to the former Joan E. Smith who passed away on July 26, 1988.
Karlin relocated with his family to Plainfield, New Jersey where he worked with K & J Builders in the construction of many homes. He returned to Utica in 1961 and began a new career as a Sales Representative for the John Hancock Insurance Company, retiring in 1977. Karlin was a man of many interests and natural abilities. He was a professional singer under contract to the Sun Label when he recorded the 45 rpm vinyl version of "Please Don't Walk on My Heart", and in 1959 he was the opening act for Johnny Cash when he appeared in Utica. He also had a fancy for racing pigeons which he bred, showed, and raced. He was affiliated with the Professional Pigeon Club acting as judge throughout Central New York.
James is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and James DiSpirito, and Rosalie and Anthony Taylor; his grandchildren, Joseph Bilodeau and fiancée Vanessa Naso, Amanda and Chase Patrick, and JoAnna DiSpirito; and several great grandchildren, including Dante Bilodeau. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and in-laws. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Leo Longo who was serving in the United States Navy when he was killed in action on February 27, 1942 during World War II; and his sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and Carl "Moochie" Grande, and Rosemary and Carmen "Sam" Chambrone.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Heritage Health Care Center, especially those of the third floor who made his time with them most meaningful and comfortable. Special acknowledgement is offered to Pam, Susan K., Susan J., Michael, Shary, Jason, Brandy, and Blondie.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2-4 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend James' funeral service and Celebration of Life which will take place on Monday morning at 11:00 at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Anthony P. LaFache. By family request, please omit floral offerings. Interment will take place in St. Agnes Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Online tributes at www.EannaceFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2018
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