OBITUARY

James Julian Long

February 4, 1943November 28, 2018
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It is with great sadness that the family of James (Jim) Julian Long announces his passing on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the age of 75. Born February 4, 1943, in Hollywood, AL. Jim is lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Sadako Long; daughters, Julia (Robert) Painter and Jane Long; Grandsons, Brandon, Liam, and James Woolard; Granddaughters, Cordelia Painter and Sophia Woolard; Brother, Ted (Edith) Freeman; Nieces, Tracy Leon, Lyssa (Kevin) Borkenhagen, Kristen (Jeremy) Jackson; and his beloved dog, Daisy. He was predeceased by his father, James A.O. Long and his mother, F. Pauline Freeman. Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim graduated from Kirkman Technical High School and attended the University of Tennessee Chattanooga prior to joining the U.S. Navy. During his 22-year Naval career, he experienced history, serving 3 tours in Vietnam, during which he was part of the unit that set up the World’s First mobile frozen blood bank. While serving on the USS Iwo Jima, he was part of the medical team caring for the Apollo 13 astronauts on their return to Earth. He became a Physician’s Assistant, graduating from The University of Nebraska. The military took him and his family to California, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Japan. He was active in Scouting, achieving an Eagle Scout ranking and Order of the Arrow, and volunteering both as a Scoutmaster for The Boy Scouts of America and a Girl Scout Leader for his daughters. He enjoyed long distance running and completed a 62K coast-to-coast run across Japan. Following Jim’s retirement from the Navy, he continued his education and received his Medical Doctorate from the American University of the Caribbean. He continued to practice as a Physician’s Assistant, caring for patients at Cathedral Gerontology Center, Mental Health Resource Center, St. Vincent Primary Care Clinic on 103rd St Jacksonville, FL, Baptist Primary Care in Callahan, FL, Gateway Community Services, and River Region Human Services. Jim was a kind and caring man, a great son, brother, husband, father, uncle, “Papa”, and friend to all who knew him. He will truly be missed. A visitation will be held 6-8 PM Thursday December 6, 2018, funeral service will be at 11 AM Friday, December 7, 2018 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. A committal service will follow at 2 PM at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd Jacksonville, FL 32218. Arrangements are under the care of HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. We invite you to leave words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Boulevard, Orange Park, FL 32073, or online at www.Adventop.org.

  • FAMILY

  • Jim is lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Sadako Long; daughters, Julia (Robert) Painter and Jane Long; Grandsons, Brandon, Liam, and James Woolard; Granddaughters, Cordelia Painter and Sophia Woolard; Brother, Ted (Edith) Freeman; Nieces, Tracy Leon, Lyssa (Kevin) Borkenhagen, Kristen (Jeremy) Jackson; and his beloved dog, Daisy. He was predeceased by his father, James A.O. Long and his mother, F. Pauline Freeman.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, December 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

James Julian Long

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Liam Woolard

December 7, 2018

Dear Papa,
​Thank you for everything you have ever done for me. I know a lot of times I took it for granted and I am sorry I couldn’t appreciate you more. I want you to know that you were the best role model I ever had and the only man who taught me to be a man even if I am not all the way there. I am sorry I couldn’t do more with you like camping and fishing because I know you always wanted to. I wish you could be there to see me graduate and go off to a good college because you spent the last years of your life working to get me a good education. If anyone deserves to have seen me graduate, it is you.
I also want to thank you for spoiling me by taking me on trips, sending me to France, always getting me Starbucks, and getting me my dream car. I don’t know if I ever told you that, but the Camaro was my dream car. Thank you for taking me to Japan. I know you thought you were a hassle because of the wheelchair, but I don’t think so. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Hiroshima and the World War 2 Museum there with you. Thank you for taking me to Tennessee and New York when we were little and thank you for teaching me how to drive.
I wish you could see me grow a bit older and more mature. I know you were always proud of me when I told what grades I got on the way home from school. I am proud to be your grandson and I hope you know that.

Love You Always,
Your Favorite Grandson, Liam

Cordelia Painter

December 6, 2018

Dear Papa,
​As I remember you, I am feeling so many feelings. I remember the little things. I remember how whenever I would get you water, you would say you would do something for me sometime. Or how you would always give Daisy a handful of treats every time she came in from outside. You were such a kind and loving man. Though I will miss you, I am so happy that I had the blessing of being your granddaughter. I will never forget you and what an amazing Papa you were.

Love,
Cordelia.

Sophia Woolard

December 6, 2018

Dear Papa,
​You were the kindest and most gentle person I ever knew. You were always there to cheer me up and always had your ways of making me laugh. You would always say I made the best water and needed to teach Cordelia. You also would tell me “a shark bit your toe off” when I asked. I don’t think that I would ever be ready for you to go, but I know you will be a guardian over me in heaven. You will be very much missed and remembered. I just hope you understand how much we all loved you.

With Much Love,
Sophia

James Woolard

December 6, 2018

Dear Papa,
​Thanks for being the greatest Grandpa anyone could ever ask for. Thank you for remembering my favorite Zaxby’s order and favorite burger and for always getting it for me whenever I asked. Thanks for teaching me to drive even after having to tell me “other left”. Thanks for getting me my car even though Nana disagreed with the lest practical aspects of getting a 16 year old an old sports car. Thank you for the trips to Dunkin Donuts, Famous Amos, and Kyodai (even though it has been years since we went to some of those places) and finally, thank you for the years of love, care and being an AMAZING Papa. I will always miss you.
Love,
James (The Favorite)

Lyssa Borkenhagen

December 6, 2018

Missing you Uncle Jim. Look in on us here on Earth. I will always remember my strong, tall Uncle. Love and light until I see you again 🙏🏼

Mitsuyo Tsuchikawa

December 6, 2018

Dear Sadako-san, Julia, Jane, and all of the family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I am honored and blessed to have known Oji-chan. He was a kind person with gentle eyes and loving smiles. I will never forget about him! May he rest in peace.

In deeprest sympathy.
Mitsuyo Tsuchikawa

Atsuko SATO

December 6, 2018

Dear Ojichan,

How can I thank you for being endlessly kind and patient to me and my family?

You taught me how to drive, gave me big hugs and showed sense of humour which helped me to move on when things were tough. "Everybody's fine, everybody'll survive," right?

May you rest in peace.
God bless the family.

Atsuko, Iwao and Keiichi SATO

Motoko Moffitt

December 5, 2018

Dear Sadako, Julia, Jane and family,

I am so sorry to hear about your husband and father's passing.
When I met Jim and Sadako-san in San Diego California it was 1970.
When the first time I saw Jim I thought he was very handsome like then popular a movie star Gregory Peck. But that was just an expression, actually Jim was more handsome than Gregory Peck.
Jim and Sadako-san. were a very happy couple. We were young, 20's then, and didn't have very much money but Jim had a very rich love toward to Sadako-san.
Jim's eyes were so tender when he smiles, Jim's voice was low and calm speaking.
Jim was a very thoughtful person, His smile tells everyone that everything is going to be a okay.
Now I am in my 70's and when I talked to Sadako-san on the phone, I could hear Jim's voice in back ground. His voice was just like I remembered in back of those years.
In closing, even though Sadako-san and I have been living a continent apart, my thoughts have always been with her and her family. I hope that I can always be a friend to her and provide her with all the support she needs.
God Bless the family,
Motoko and Tom Moffitt

Miyuki Matsunobu

December 5, 2018

To SADAKO-san, Jane, Julia and grandchildren
I would like to send my condolences to you on the loss of your husband, father and grand father.
I remembered that he used to tell my daughter "Oka〜eri= welcome home." and he smiled and hugs her everytime she goes to your house. he was such a kind man i have ever known. I still can not believe his passing.
You and your loved one will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mirella and Matthias Juch

December 5, 2018

Dear Sadako,

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Our sincere condolences.
Mirella and Matthias Juch from Germany

Biography

It is with great sadness that the family of James (Jim) Julian Long announces his passing on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the age of 75. Born February 4, 1943, in Hollywood, AL. Jim is lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Sadako Long; daughters, Julia (Robert) Painter and Jane Long; Grandsons, Brandon, Liam, and James Woolard; Granddaughters, Cordelia Painter and Sophia Woolard; Brother, Ted (Edith) Freeman; Nieces, Tracy Leon, Lyssa (Kevin) Borkenhagen, Kristen (Jeremy) Jackson; and his beloved dog, Daisy. He was predeceased by his father, James A.O. Long and his mother, F. Pauline Freeman.
Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim graduated from Kirkman Technical High School and attended the University of Tennessee Chattanooga prior to joining the U.S. Navy. During his 22-year Naval career, he experienced history, serving 3 tours in Vietnam, during which he was part of the unit that set up the World’s First mobile frozen blood bank. While serving on the USS Iwo Jima, he was part of the medical team caring for the Apollo 13 astronauts on their return to Earth. He became a Physician’s Assistant, graduating from The University of Nebraska. The military took him and his family to California, Florida, Virginia, Texas and Japan. He was active in Scouting, achieving an Eagle Scout ranking and Order of the Arrow, and volunteering both as a Scoutmaster for The Boy Scouts of America and a Girl Scout Leader for his daughters. He enjoyed long distance running and completed a 62K coast-to-coast run across Japan. Following Jim’s retirement from the Navy, he continued his education and received his Medical Doctorate from the American University of the Caribbean. He continued to practice as a Physician’s Assistant, caring for patients at Cathedral Gerontology Center, Mental Health Resource Center, St. Vincent Primary Care Clinic on 103rd St Jacksonville, FL, Baptist Primary Care in Callahan, FL, Gateway Community Services, and River Region Human Services.
Jim was a kind and caring man, a great son, brother, husband, father, uncle, “Papa”, and friend to all who knew him. He will truly be missed.
A visitation will be held 6-8 PM Thursday December 6, 2018, funeral service will be at 11 AM Friday, December 7, 2018 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. A committal service will follow at 2 PM at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Rd Jacksonville, FL 32218. Arrangements are under the care of HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd Orange Park, FL 32073. We invite you to leave words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Advent Lutheran Church, 2156 Loch Rane Boulevard, Orange Park, FL 32073, or online at www.Adventop.org.