Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Robert Lee Long Jr.

July 18, 1927August 11, 2019

Robert Lee Long Jr. passed away on August 11, 2019. He is survived by his dear wife, Cynthia, his adoring son, Michael, his beloved son-in-law Jimmy Etchberger, two beloved daughters-in-law, Joan Etchberger and Denise Long, and four granddaughters: Maddie, Waverly, Chloe, and Julia. His daughter Melissa died in 1996. Robert, born in New London Connecticut on July 18, 1927, was the first of five children born to Robert and Bertha Long. He is fondly remembered for his quick wit. He could fix anything. He was a great husband, a great father, and a very fun grandfather. Throughout his long life Robert enjoyed snow skiing and tennis and many other sports. When he was too old for that he enjoyed reading, cycling, birding and gardening with Cynthia. He had a long career at NASA as a computer scientist and after retirement drove the Williamsburg Book Mobile. A memorial for Robert will occur at Williamsburg United Methodist Church at 3:00 PM on Saturday August, 17, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsburg Bird Club, P.O. Box 1085, Williamsburg, VA 23187.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


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Susan Voigt

August 16, 2019

As a former neighbor, we learned to love native plants from Cynthia and Bob. I also knew Bob as a colleague at NASA and later as a friend and bird lover. Bob was a devoted and thoughtful husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by both family and friends. His example will inspire us all.

My sincere condolences to Cynthia and his family.

Jamal Parham

August 13, 2019

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having God return your dear one to you.