Murray Allen Long Sr., 89, of New Ross, passed away on December 21, 2020 at the Valley Regional Hospital. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he was the son of the late Albert and Alma (Smith) Long.
Murray joined the Navy at age 18 and served in the Korean War from 1948 – 1953, and continued to serve his country for the next 25 years. During his first posting in Halifax, he married the love of his life, Betty - a marriage which would last for the next 69 years. Upon retirement, Murray worked at Wayne Millett’s Lumber Mill and then worked with Betty in the Christmas tree business.
Murray served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Korea Veterans Association, Kentville Branch; KVA member of Branch 45, Halifax; Everett Branch 88, Chester Basin; and Chief Petty Officers Organization.
In 2001, the Korean Veterans Association honored Canadian Veterans in Korea. Dad was presented with a medal by Prince Andrew which he requested be given to Mom as she was home during that time keeping the family safe, so he didn’t have to worry.
He is survived by his daughters Mary Ellen (Miles) Reeves; Angela Webber; son Danny (Sharon) Long; daughter-in-law Irene Rafuse; cherished-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Murray was predeceased by his wife Betty; daughters Joycelyn and Linda; son Murray Jr.; granddaughter Jennifer and her daughters.
“A very special thank you to Dad’s caregiver, Mary Ann Russell.”
A private family service will be held at a later date. As per Murray’s request, no memorial donations. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook, NS, B4P 1B9 (902-679-2822).