John C. Long
(International Web Master)
Transferred to Heaven I from International
John C. Long (Jr.)
It is with great sorrow we share the news that John Long, our International Webmaster, has passed away. According to his wife Heather, John passed away in the early morning hours on 21 March 2012.
For those of you lucky enough to know John, you know that he was the source of technical knowledge and inspiration that took our organization into the 21st century. This web site is his legacy and he was very proud of his accomplishments. He was a friend and brother to many, formerly of IL 1 Chapter and transferred to the International Honorary membership when he moved to Texas. This is the same disease that took his father in 2007, our then sitting GLRC Secretary John E. (Salty) Long from us several years ago.
As John's health deteriorated, he called upon his friend whom he had worked closely with in the past, to begin to familiarize himself with this web site overall. He ensured the future webmaster had the necessary training and skills to continue with his legacy. John (Jr.) was an individual who paid meticulous attention to details. He was not satisfied to only do half the job, it had to be done correctly always.
He is recognized for his unquestionable loyalty and contributions to the Blue Knights. Everyone knows John as the Webmaster who always had a broad smile. We are all going to miss you sir, you are now with your father in Heaven I...
Ride with Pride!
John Christopher Long, 39, of Plano, TX passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2012 at Vitas Hospice after a bravely fought battle with melanoma. Born in Pekin, IL, July 27, 1972 to John E. Long and Patricia M. Long, John was employed at Flex Link in Richardson, TX. He spent 8 years in the United States Navy, and proudly served as International Webmaster for the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.
John is survived by his wife, Heather (Lingo), his beloved son and daughter, Tanner and Alexis; his mother Patricia of 29 Palms, CA; brother Anthony and nephew Eathan of Hammond, LA; sister Cassandra, niece Carissa and nephew Ryan, of Yucca Valley, CA; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Denny and Debby Vitt of New Philadelphia, OH as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. John was preceded in death by his father, John E. Long.
A memorial service celebrating John's life will be held Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 1:00pm at the Plano Convention Center in Plano, TX. A memorial fund has been set up in John's name by the Great Lakes Regional Conference of the Blue Knights; Donations may be sent to The John Long Memorial Fund c/o Joe Kubicek, 10939 West Bobolink Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53225-2415