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John Alvey Long Jr.

June 07, 2009

JAN. 22, 1932-MAY 29, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- John Alvey Long Jr. was born Jan. 22, 1932, in Hagerstown, Md. He was the only son of Lana Chaney Long and John Alvey Long Sr.

He was raised in Hagerstown, and rose through the Boy Scout ranks all the way to become an Eagle Scout.

Although he lived in the family residence at 1004 The Terrace, he spent a great deal of time at the family farm, Hagers-Long Hickory, in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and spent winters in Lakeland, Fla.

He went to Stony Brook Preparatory School in Stony Brook, Long Island, N.Y. He was the manager for the track team and friend to Dr. Frank Gabelein (headmaster). Later, he went on to become a trustee to the Stony Brook School.

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He went on to Juniata College in Pennsylvania before going off to serve in the Korean War, where he served from 1952 to 1954. Once he returned home to Hagerstown, he married his college sweetheart, Cynthia Marshall Daniels, on Aug. 28, 1954, in Syracuse, N.Y.

He was a loving husband for 54 years and an adoring father to their four children and five grandchildren.

He was a partner in the Bester & Long Equipment Co. in Hagerstown.

The family moved to Long Island, where he turned his childhood love of trains into becoming a successful railroad analyst for Moseley, Hallgarten, Estabrook & Co. He was the founder and managing director for Crescent Communications, a financial public relations and consulting firm. He retired in 1998 and resided in Fort Lauderdale.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, their four children, John Alvey Long III of Smithtown, N.Y., Barbara Breivik of Califon, N.J., David Long of Westport, Conn., and Elizabeth Pittenger of Orlando, Fla.; and five grandsons.

A memorial service will be arranged in Benevola, Md.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to Stony Brook School Music Department, One Chapman Parkway, Stony Brook, NY 11790.

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