Thomas Joseph Long, (Husband, Dad, Papa, TL, Unc, Nuss, Shortfuse), passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 15, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.
Born on November 28, 1949, Tom grew up in Wheaton, MD where he attended St. Johns College High School. He graduated in 1968 and then went on to attend the University of Dayton where he graduated in 1972.
In July 1973, he was a groomsman in a friend’s wedding where he met a girl named Pat Hackett, who was a bridesmaid in the same wedding. They met, fell in love, and married in October 1974. They have four wonderful children, Carey, Trish, Katey, and Tommy. His family was his greatest love.
He started his professional real estate career in the mortgage business and then quickly transitioned into Commercial Real Estate 43 years ago. He joined the Donohoe Real Estate Services team 33 years ago where he earned his SIOR designation and was a member of NAIOP. He was the Vice President of Donohoe Real Estate Services Maryland office for 21 years specializing in the leasing and sales of office/industrial properties in the Washington/Baltimore region.
Tom had a love of many hobbies which included running/working out, carpentry, volunteering for the Maryland Special Olympics golf, and motorcycle adventures. His motorcycle passion began in 2002 when he won a Harley Davidson. He enrolled in the motorcycle training classes and right after became a member of the Cloverly Gang. Over the years, The Cloverly Gang took many amazing motorcycle trips together ranging from day trips to a two week long cross country journey.
His favorite hobby was golf! He was a member of Argyle Country Club and for the last 30 years he and his lifelong buddies would travel every August to Pinehurst, NC for their annual Tarhole Tournament. Each year the St. Johns class of 1968 would challenge the class of 1969 and amazingly the class of 1968 would win each year. In fact, according to their trophy, the class of 1968 has already won through 2023!!
His greatest love was his family! He looked forward to family traditions and family vacations which included annual ski trips, Chicago trips, and the Outer Banks vacation. He and his brother John started the Outer Banks family tradition back in the 80’s which still continues to this day. He also loved the holidays where the whole family would get together. He loved watching the backyard Easter egg hunts, 4th of July cookouts at Argyle, Thanksgiving dinners, and especially loved Christmas time. He enjoyed handing out all of the presents and was constantly getting in trouble for not listening to the directions of each years Christmas game. It was complete mayhem but he loved every minute of it and so did we!
He had a great love of sports. He loved to play them as well as watch. He was on the Argyle Country Club swim team, played cornerback for St. Johns football team, and was a great golfer. He also loved to watch all of his children’s various activities and sport events. There were a lot of them but he was at every single one and was their number one fan! When it came time for his grandchildren to participate in sports it was then their turn for Papa to be their number one fan. He loved watching John and Keegan on the soccer and lacrosse fields, cheer them on at their swim meets, and Ellie at her ballet recital.
Tom was a true gentleman, family man, and all around great guy. He is loved by MANY whose lives he touched throughout his 69 years.
To our Dad – We are glad you are resting peacefully and we thank you for everything. You were the backbone of our family and want you to know that your legacy lives on through us. It lives on through our love and remembrance of you. You were taken too early and we love and miss you so much.
Tom is survived by his wife, Patricia Long, his children, Carey Long, Trish Whitty, Katey Ramsburg, and Tommy Long. His son in law, David Ramsburg and his grandchildren, John Whitty, Keegan Whitty, Ellie Ramsburg, Brendan Whitty, Bridget Whitty, and Nora Ramsburg. His brother John Long and his sister Diane Long. Four sister in laws, three brother in laws, and 19 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by John Long (Father), Alice Long (Mother), Tom Hackett (Father in Law), Loretta Hackett (Mother in Law), Bob Hackett (Brother in Law), and Marty Long (Sister in Law).
Relatives and friends may visit Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 on Thursday, September 26 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. A Memorial Mass will be held at St Louis Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD on Friday September 27 at 11:00 AM. Interment private
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