YORK Surrounded by his loving family, S. Clair Long, 83, died at 5:26 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2009, at his resi dence following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Jorene (Smith) Long of York. Jorene and Clair recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 26, 2009. Born November 6, 1925, in Blue Knob, Blair County, he was the son of the late Alva R. and Mary B. (Stombaugh) Long. Clair was a 1943 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School. He had a long and interesting work history. Most of Clair's life was centered around farming in both York and Blue Knob. He was the farm manager for his family's business, Avalong Farms in York, and Long's Dairy in Blue Knob. Clair, who was always busy working, owned Long's Barn Mall and was a mechanic and inspector at Long's Garage. But above all, Clair was a skilled craftsman and was blessed with the ability to make beautiful furniture. Self taught, he literally made hundreds of pieces and gave almost all of them away to his family, friends, and Christian organizations. He was a member of AARP and was associated with the Mt. Wolf Community Church. In addition to his wife, Jorene, he is survived by two daughters, Gail E. and her husband, David R. Goss of Elizabethtown, and Karen J. Long of York; granddaughter, Cara Emily Goss of Elizabethtown; grandson, Second Lieutenant David Benjamin Goss of Fort Benning, Ga.; and two sisters, Kathleen B. Wise of the Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown and M. Jean Snowberger of York. Clair was preceded in death by his son, Samuel "Sam" C. Long, III; and three brothers, D. Clyde, Kenneth P., and Richard R Long. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Fourth United Methodist Church, 1067 E. Market St., York, with Pastor Daniel W. Dellosso, retired pastor of the Mt. Wolf Community Church, officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Following the service, the family will receive friends in Geiman Hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the York Rescue Mission, 367 W. Market St., York, PA 17401; or the Christian School of York, 907 Greenbriar Road, York, PA 17404. www.etzweiler.com
Published in York Daily Record on Apr. 15, 2009.