Walter R. Long
October 8, 1942 – August 1, 2019
Walter Richardson Long passed away Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the age of 76. Born October 8, 1942 in Charlotte, NC, he was the son of the late Harry Glenn and Catherine Liles Long. He was the youngest of four children and raised in Gastonia, NC, where he attended Ashley High School. Walter then attended the UNC Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1966. He enjoyed a fulfilling career as Senior Vice President of Purchasing for Wachovia’s First Computer Services. His life was forever made complete when he married his long-time friend Catherine “Cathie” Dutton Long in 1985, and became a loving stepfather. Walter’s life was spent cheering for the Tar Heels, and giving emotional support and financial guidance to his many friends and extended family. He was passionately involved in his church’s social justice program.
Walter is survived by his wife, Cathie Dutton Long; two step-children, Bart Yancey of Charleston, SC and Caroline Yancey of Ithaca, NY; many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews, all of whom he followed closely and adored; and his loving caregiver and close friend, Sharon Johnson.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church at 2 pm on Wednesday, August 7.
Memorials can be sent to the Equal Justice Initiative, https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/eji or the Sisters of Mercy NC, 101 Mercy Dr., Belmont, NC 28012.
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Walter R. Long
August 5, 2019
May the memories you have created continue to be shared.
Any way you look at it...(see photo)
Life is a treasure only if it can be shared.
"Amoureuse" performed by Adam Swanson
August 4, 2019
I grew up in Gastonia with Walter and his big brother
Stephen. They were my brother Michael’s and my best friends. Walter’s mom was like our second mother. After college Walter and I got back together when he lived at the Versailles apartments with a gang of friends who started what became the Cold Beer Open. Walter was one of the organizers and along with his best friend Sandy Sanders were the non-playing life of the party. Even though polio crippled him physically, it never affected his wit, his compassion, his zest for life. He was truly a gift to all who knew him. My deepest sympathies to Cathie and family.