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William Long, Jr.
  • February 20, 1943
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  • September 06, 2021

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Obituary

William ”Bill” F. Long Jr., age 78, of New Smyrna Beach, FL, formerly of Naugatuck, CT, passed away after a brief illness on September 6, 2021, at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL, with his loving wife Susan and three children by his side.  Bill was born on February 20, 1943, in Waterbury, CT, to the late William F. Long Sr., and Antionette Nardello Long. He graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1961. On May 25,1963, he married his middle and high school sweetheart, Susan.  On November 18,1969, Bill became a supernumerary police officer with the Naugatuck Police Department. Bill became a full-time police officer in October of 1970. During his long successful career in law enforcement, he held every rank within the department, including being appointed to Chief of Police in 1989. Among his many proud accomplishments was being named the president of the Western Area Regional Chiefs of Police in 1990. He retired in 1996 after 27 years of service with the Naugatuck Police Department.

Bill was a consummate, loving and selfless family man who always put his family before himself and everything else. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. He cherished every moment they had together. He was unendingly proud of his children and grandchildren. He was affectionately referred to as “Papa” by his grandchildren.

Bill spent the past 17 years of his retirement living with his wife in New Smyrna Beach. He found great joy in going on Caribbean Cruises and spending time at the beach with his family and friends. He loved the outdoors and had a particular affinity for the New Smyrna Beach sunsets. Bill had a passion for old cars, attending car shows and driving his 1989 Ford Mustang GT along the Florida coastline. He was also an avid Clemson Tigers fan. Bill served as president of the Fairgreen Homeowners Association up until the time of his death.

Bill is survived by his wife and best friend Susan (Valois) Long of 58 years; his three children: Debra Ismail and her husband Thomas, William F Long III and his wife Mimi, Kristen Gallino and her husband Bryan. His six grandchildren: Ryan Geletka, Nicole Geletka and her fiance Justin, Joseph Pruchnicki, Samantha Ismail, Bryan Gallino Jr., and Brooke Long. His brother in laws; Edmond and Raymond Valois, sister-in-law Lynn Marti and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, his sisters Myrna Thurston and Joan Casey.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Bill on September 19, 2021, at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 620 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL, from 2-4 pm. A church service will be held in Bill’s hometown of Naugatuck, CT, at a later date and time to be announced.


Service

Location:
Baldwin Brothers - Port Orange

Date & Time:
September 19, 2021 at 3:00 PM


Cemetery:
Tri City Crematory



Visitation

Times:
September 19, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM



Location:
Baldwin Brothers - Port Orange


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  1. John Bremser lit a candle:
    16 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 16, 2021 at 9:09:09 AM

  2. Fran Berger says:
    14 Sep 2021
    I’m very sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. He was a beautiful soul. I remember Bill & Susan liking each other in Mrs. McCarthy’s sixth grade class! What a wonderful long life they had together! May God bless your family and may Bill Rest In Peace.

  3. Fran Berger says:
    14 Sep 2021
    So very sorry. Bill was always a beautiful soul. I remember how Bill & Susan liked each other in Mrs. McCarthy’s sixth grade class! What a wonderful long life they had together! God bless your family and May Bill rest in the peace of Christ.

  4. Steve, Tiffany, & Savanna lit a candle:
    14 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 14, 2021 at 9:03:12 PM

  5. Steve, Tiffany, & Savanna lit a candle:
    14 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 14, 2021 at 9:02:32 PM

  6. Noreo Gabriel says:
    14 Sep 2021
    Condolences on Bill’s passing he was a great guy to know and work with

  7. Tim Andrew says:
    14 Sep 2021
    Worked with Bill at the oil company for years. We had many laughs. He worked hard, held two jobs for years. In the office would be Howie Thurston, me, Bill, and Dan Renzoni. The jokes and discussions were out of control. Boy, did we have fun.
    R.I.P. Bill, you hard working incredible Family Man!
    Tim Andrew

  8. Ann Marie and Tom Carey says:
    13 Sep 2021
    Our condolences to the Long family. So sorry to have to receive the sad news of Bill's passing. Susan, you and Bill were a special couple to all who knew you.

  9. Lois Fortin says:
    13 Sep 2021
    I am so sorry, he was such a good guy. He enjoyed to bust my b*** in my younger years. I remember after my dad died and I was trying to figure out a way to get the leaves out of the yard he came over and he’s like you’re doing it wrong he just did it. I know he never would have wanted to leave his family. He was very family oriented. When my dad first got the scooter, Bill was one of the first people he went to visit. My condolences to all of you. Hugs-Lois

  10. Jerry Scully says:
    13 Sep 2021
    My condolences to the Long Family. Chief Long hired me in 1991. I remember him most for always looking sharp in uniform and for coming out of his office during roll calls to joke around with the guys and gals. He was approachable and personable.

  11. Dana Fox says:
    13 Sep 2021
    Bill was a good friend since our second year at Naugy High
    We had a group of friends who got together practically every Friday
    night usually starting at Harry’s on New Haven Rd at 7 pm or so and ending
    at the green at 12 pm or so with a lot of good clean fun and pretty regular
    trips to Brewster NY in between (Always Friday, Saturday was date night)
    The good old days of youth
    I will miss him!

  12. Al and Niki Maioriello lit a candle:
    13 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 13, 2021 at 9:15:37 PM

  13. Al and Niki Maioriello says:
    13 Sep 2021
    Please accept our condolences, just know that we are here for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out, especially during this difficult time.

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    13 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 13, 2021 at 9:17:19 PM

  15. Tracy and Ed Marti lit a candle:
    13 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 13, 2021 at 9:10:11 PM

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    13 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 13, 2021 at 9:16:00 PM

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