Michael Patrick Long died at home in West Roxbury, Massachusetts on November 1, 2017. He was 59 years old. Well known for deep pride in his Irish roots, Michael was the son of Patrick J. and Helen M. Long of Princeton, NJ. He was born and raised in Princeton, NJ with his sister Eileen and brother Brian. He moved to Boston. MA in the late 1970's where he worked, bought property and happily adopted the city as his home.
Michael was an avid sports-fan and joined the Red Sox for their winning World Series game in 2004. In his earlier years, living in New Jersey, he played football and studied martial arts. A music lover, he was quick to sing or whistle a tune for all occasions. He worked on life-long collections including an admirable list of classic motorcycles, old US coins and special photographs. He was a voracious reader with keen interest in Irish and Boston history. A naturally gifted wordsmith and story teller, Michael charmed everyone with his sense of humor, big heart and unique perspective on humanity. His love of travel and a long journey throughout Europe in 1989 was a favorite source of material.
Michael will be missed most for his kindness and generosity to both those he knew and strangers he saw in need. He always said, "I do that because I can!"
Predeceased by his father, Patrick, Michael is survived by his mother, Helen Long of Princeton, NJ, brother Brian J. Long of Princeton, NJ, sister M. Eileen Long and brother in-law, Tarik R. Shahbender, also both of Princeton, NJ and many cousins and friends in Boston, MA, across the USA and around the world.
Family and friends visitation will be held at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ on the evening of Nov 9, 2017 from 7-9 pm. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 10am. Nov 10, 2017 at St Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 214 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ
Donations in memory of Michael can be made to The Jimmy Fund in Brookline, MA c/o the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. jimmyfund.org
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