Cumberland—Paul D. Long, 95, of Cumberland, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at his home.
Born in South Cumberland on July 26, 1923, he was the son of the late Walter P. and Thelma M. (Ryan) Long. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Helen S. Long; and his brother, Robert W. Long.
Paul was a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church. He graduated from Fort Hill High School in the class of 1941. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army, serving his country during World War II. He was a member of the 26th Infantry Division, 101st Infantry Regiment of General George Patton’s 3rd Army in the European Theater of Operations.
He received four battle stars during the Rhineland Campaign in Europe and France, and the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against the enemy during the Rhineland Campaign in Europe. Paul was also the recipient of the Jubilee of Liberty Medal, given to him to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. Paul was discharged from the Army in 1946 with the rank of Staff Sargent.
Following his Army service, Paul was employed at Potomac Edison for 38 years, and retired as Supervisor of Credit for the company. Paul served his community as a member of the Cumberland City Planning and Zoning Commission for 20 years; Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital for 20 years; County United Way and Community Chess Team Captain and Business Division for 40 years; Chief Auditor of the County United Way for 10 years; Member, Board Member and Vice President of the South Cumberland Business and Civic Association; Vice President of the Allegany College Athletic Foundation; President of the Trustees and Chairman of the Administrative Board, Christ United Methodist Church; Division Captain and Grand Marshall of the Marsha Thomas South Cumberland Halloween Parade; Coach, YMCA Youth Basket Ball League for 10 years; member of the Potomac Edison Quarter Century Club; member of Henry Hart Post 1411, and the Cumberland American Legion. Paul was the recipient of the YMCA “Down Through the Years” Award for service to the YMCA Basketball League for 10 years, Dapper Dan Henrietta Schwarzenbach Memorial Civic Service Award.
Paul was an ever faithful member of the Fort Hill High School Community. He has watched and supported Fort Hill Football since 1936, during the tenures of every Fort Hill Football Coach, including John J. Cavanaugh, John J. Long, Mell Henry, William P. Hahn, Charles Lattimer, Jim Chaney, Richard F. Bittner, Mike Calhoun, Barry Lattimer, and Todd Appel. He has enjoyed more than 675 Fort Hill victories spanning 38 seasons of nine or more wins, twelve undefeated seasons, and seven Maryland State Football Championships. He was President of the Fort Hill Booster Club for 40 years; Co-Chairman of the Committee to select the All Time Sports Teams for the 50th Anniversary of Fort Hill High School; Press Box Manager for 50 years; and creator, along with Fort Hill graduate, Glen Burke, of the Old Iron Kettle Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Fort Hill /Allegany Football Game. Paul was the recipient of the “Deeds Not Words” Award in 2016. This award is given to those individuals who have given significant service to Fort Hill High School over an extended period of time.
Paul is survived by his son, Brian S. Long, a Fort Hill High School graduate, class of 1976. Paul is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Brian would also like to extend his gratitude to Paul’s closest friends that he regarded as family: John and Judy Appel, C. Eugene “Gene” Mason, Donnie Appold, Barry Lattimer, Gene Bender, and the Bill Brode family.
A very special thank you to Paul’s caregivers, who treated him with compassion, Bridgette Hausman, Paulette Lint, Rita Duckworth, Judy Growden, and Cristal Van Meter.
Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, from 4-9 P.M. Funeral services will be conducted at the Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Race Street, Cumberland, on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 11 A.M. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Davis Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Appel, Barry Lattimer, Greg Martin, Stan Nelson, Connor Brode, and Tanner Brode.
In lieu of sending flowers, those wishing to honor Paul’s memory may do so by making contributions to the Fort Hill High School Schlorship Fund, c/o Fort Hill High School, 500 Greenway Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com