Robert (Bob) Long, age 91, died peacefully at home in The Villages, Florida on November 01, 2018, surrounded by his family. Mr. Long had Alzheimer's and passed away from complications following a hip fracture.
Mr. Long was born at home in Philadelphia, PA. on October 17, 1927. He attended Jesuit elementary and high schools in Philadelphia, and in January 1946 he enlisted in the US Army Airforce. After an honorable discharge, he majored in physical education at Penn State University where he was a walk-on football player for the Nittany Lions, and also a varsity swimmer. After graduating in 1951, he taught science, math, and physical education at schools in Pennsylvania and Vermont. He also coached many undefeated football and basketball teams.
On August 20, 1957, he married Mary (Sue) Long, and they moved to Saudi Arabia, where he worked for ARAMCO, the Arabian American Oil Company for 30 years, and raised their four children.
He retired to Hancock, Vermont in 1986, where he was an active volunteer for Valley Rescue Squad, served as a town Select board member, and coached high school basketball. In 2007 he moved to The Villages.
He is survived by Wandy Lechler, his sister; Mary Sue Long, his wife of 61 years, their four children and spouses, eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Contributions honoring his life may be made to Alzheimer's Family Organization, Cornerstone Hospice, or a charity of your choice.