John Longo, 63, died at his home in Hebron after a short illness on Sept. 29, 2009. John was a resident of Riverhead for more than 30 years, a professor at Suffolk County Community College and a member of the Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue before moving to Washington County.
John was born in Brooklyn, the son of John and Rosalie (Randazzo) Longo and lived in Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island, until attending SUNY Albany Graduate School of Library Science, where he met Carol Alric of Gloversville. John and Carol were married in 1971. John was an administrator in the library of Suffolk County Community College Selden Campus until his retirement in 1997. John and Carol’s son Michael is a teacher in the Corinth Middle School. Their daughter Anne lives and teaches in Middletown with her husband, David Henry.
John enjoyed vacationing and gardening at his camp on Route 30 in Hope for more than 15 years, before becoming “king of the mountain” in Hebron, where his daylily gardens became his passion.
John was a well-known member of all of his home communities. In Hebron his 4-mile morning walk often took an hour more than usual due to conversations with neighbors or a stop to help someone in need. A man of few words, John was able to lighten the room with his jovial antics and colorful pranks. There was always a twinkle in his eye and he was dearly loved by family and friends.
In addition to his wife and children, John is survived by his mother, Rosalie, of Lake Ronkonkoma, a brother, Thomas, and sister-in-law Patricia of Nesconnset. He is also survived by his extensive family of loving in-laws and “outlaws.”
A memorial service to celebrate John’s life was held at the West Hebron United Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Oct. 3.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Haynes House of Hope, P.O. Box 285, Granville, N.Y. 12832.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, N.Y. 12832.