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Frederick F. Long, Jr.  

Frederick F. Long, Jr.
“Fred”

June 29, 1941 – February 9, 2015

Frederick F. Long, Jr., age 73, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 9, 2015.

A native Delawarean, Fred was born in Wilmington on June 29, 1941, and was the son of the late Frederick F. Long Sr. and Alcinda Anderson Balfour. He proudly served his country as a member of the Delaware Air Guard’s Medical Evacuation Unit from 1962 until 1968, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Fred made his career as a laboratory technologist with Hercules and worked at the company’s research center site in Wilmington, retiring in 2001 after 41 years of dedicated service.

An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he was a member of the Brandywine Muzzleloading Long Rifles, the Southern Lancaster County Farmer-Sportsmen’s Association and the Southern Chester County Sportsmen’s and Farmers Association. Additionally, Fred was a member of the Delaware Radio Control Club. He adored animals of all kinds, but especially loved dogs and cats. Fred will be remembered for his kind and generous personality and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step father, F. Albert Balfour. Fred is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Kathleen O’Brien Long; sons, Christopher Hewlett, Sr. (Barbara) of Hockessin, DE and Carl Hewlett of Wilmington, DE; cousins, Donna Frentzel (Ted), Bruce Lacey, Gail Toppin, Milton Keene, Jr. (Suzanne), Lynn Keene (Peggy), Amy Wethem (Tom), Rich Anderson (Sandy) and Georgia Ritter (Dan); 3 grandchildren, Christopher, Jr., Cameron and Charlie Hewlett; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, February 21, 2015, at the Grace Lutheran Church, 2033 Graves Road, Hockessin, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Fred’s name may be made to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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  1. Rob Russo, February 11, 2015

    Our hearts are with Kathy, Carl, and the entire family. Such losses are so, so difficult to understand.

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    • Kathy Long, February 17, 2015

      Thank you, Rob, for being with us in spirit. It is truly difficult to lose someone within a year to such a disease, cancer. Praying for a miracle cure for everyone else!

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  2. Jerry and Pat Westfall, February 11, 2015

    Fred was my brother-in-law, and I regret that California was so far from Fred & Kathy’s home. However, Pat & I were fortunate to tough out 9/11 together with Fred & Kathy in Delaware during that historic and terrible tragedy, Fred was a rock for us at that time. He gave us a tour of his favorite black powder rifles and even gave us a look at his many first-place awards for sharp-shooting. I shall never forget Fred, though I wish I had been able to be with him more often. I shall see him in heaven, however. (Jerry)

    Fred was a true old-fashioned “gentleman” and a true New Englander. He loved the water and the woods of his home state and found deep satisfaction in all it had to offer. He had an innate humility, and practical wisdom. I always thought it fortunate that his job matched his skills.
    Thank you Fred,for loving my sister and her boys. Thank you for the tender heart that rescued many a stray kitty or dog. You restored life to them and cared for each for as long as they needed.
    We rest in peace because you do now also. Until we meet again…. Pat

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  3. rex and edena rash, February 12, 2015

    we are so very sorry for your loss.
    we will miss him.
    may god be with you at this time in your life,
    and forever.
    love you edna and rex

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  4. rex and edena rash, February 12, 2015

    we are so very adout loss.
    may god be with you at this time,
    and always. love you rex and edna.

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    • Kathy Long, February 17, 2015

      My dear Friends, thank you for your lovely note and for your dear friendship.

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  5. Amy whetham, February 14, 2015

    This was a favorite cousin who was one of the nicest people anyone would ever meet! A very kind and gentle man who always had a smile!!!

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    • Kathy Long, February 17, 2015

      Thanks, dear Amy, dear Cousin.

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  6. Patrick & Anne Marie Matic, Jam'n & Java, February 15, 2015

    Dear Kathy, We were so, so sorry to read about Fred’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. We’ll always remember Fred’s kindness. We miss seeing you, Kathy, and hope we can keep in touch via our email address. You are and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. (amatic@comcast.net)

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    • Kathy Long, February 17, 2015

      Oh, dear Anne Marie and Patrick, your note is so very much appreciated. I have missed you both, too, and hope in the Spring to see you once again.

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  7. Gary Kimball, February 16, 2015

    I’m going to miss you buddy. Even though when we competed on the range sometimes you beat me.
    But besides all that it was fun. I’ve told a couple stories about you to some of the folks that knew us both.
    My thought go out to Cathy and the boys, and to all the family.
    Love to you all.

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    • Kathy Long, February 19, 2015

      It’s so good to hear from you, Gary, and read your kind words. Fred thought so much of you, and we did have fun together on those rare occasions at the shows. Love to Jacquie

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  8. Charles and Ann Darling, February 18, 2015

    Dear Kathy,
    Charley and I were shocked and saddened to see Fred’s obit in the paper! Where did the years go? I remember the good times we had at the Sudlersville Muzzle Loading Shoots – you and I in the kitchen while the boys were on the range. Your devotion to Fred was very touching. I know you will miss him – a fine and caring man. With affection and sympathy, Ann

    My best recollections of Fred are mostly at our club meetings and shoots, many years ago. Fred was a good shooter and he and I would pass the State Championship back and forth for a number of years. He was always a good natured and true gentleman, under all circumstances, and treasured you and Carl. I consider him one of the finest persons I have known. We shall miss his quiet ways. With my deepest sympathy, Charley
    P.S. If you are ever down this way, we’d love to see you.

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  9. Jack & Elise Kuzepski, February 19, 2015

    Fred was a wonderful friend. You could always tell when he was in a room from his laugh. Sympathy to Kathy & your great sons.

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  10. Barbara Brockett (formerly Chapman), February 21, 2015

    Dear Kathy,

    We were so sorry to read about Fred’s passing. Ernie and I remember him well, and it’s so hard to think of Fred, as lively as he was, being ill. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Barbara Brockett and Ernie Laletas

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  11. John Hill, February 21, 2015

    Dear Carl, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. GOD BLESS YOU

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