Denis J. Long, the eldest child of Edward and Ninfa (Loracinio) Long was born on November 3, 1925,was raised in Corona, NY. At the age of 17, he heard the call of duty and sort his mother's permission in order to follow his patriotic father and enlisted in the US Navy to fight in WWII. After returning home from active duty, Denis continue his quest to serve mankind by becoming a NYC Firefighter and remained so until his retirement some 37 years later. As a firefighter, he quickly moved through the ranks becoming a Battalion Chief at the 56th Battalion in the Bronx, NY for nearly 20 years. Denis retired in 1990 , but remained in contact with the FDNY by being a member of the Fire Chiefs Association and the Uniformed Fire Officers Association.
Denis met the love of his life Angela Lee Saccente and the two were married on June 7, 1953. Together they settled in College Point, NY where they raised a family and lived for some 40 years. Denis and Lee were together until her death in 2006, some 53 years later. They had two children, six grandchildren and recently Denis got the enjoyment and pleasure of having three great-granddaughters.
Denis led a good and healthy life always taking care of everyone and putting others' needs before his own. He loved his family which was evident by his constant devotion and generosity which went beyond anyone's expectations. Denis suffered from chronic and severe back pain that recently infringed his ability to walk. He elected to have surgery looking to obtain more comfort and in an attempt not to compromise quality of life for his remaining years, only to instead have it taken away from him. Denis J Long died on November 14, 2012 as a result of complications from his recent surgery.
Denis J. Long, widower of the late Angela Lee (Saccente) Long, devoted father to Theresa Long Kaczynski (Stephen) and Edward J. Long (Margherita). Loving Grandfather to Christine Kaczynski, Stephen Kaczynski (Dawn), Mary Long Wayock ( Matthew), Toni Long Nass (Michael), Denis E. Long (Sarah), Andrew Kaczynski. Great-Grandfather to Alexandria Kaczynski, Mackenzie Wayock and Madelyn Nass. Beloved brother to Gerald A. Long (Cathy Jockers) and the late Patricia Long Harris (Clarence).