Ralph M. Longley

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BERKSHIRE — Ralph M. Longley, age 88, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with his loving family at his side.

He was born Dec. 24, 1925 in Montgomery the son of the late Raymond and Mary (Mayhew) Longley.

Ralph had lived in Connecticut as a young man and worked at International Silver in Meriden, Conn., and a granite quarry in New London, Conn. Ralph has been a resident of Berkshire since 1963. Upon moving back to Vermont, Ralph was a self-employed truck driver and had also worked at Franklin County Cheese retiring in 1990.

Ralph enjoyed doing mechanic work and tinkering in his shop as well as working in the woods. He also enjoyed traveling, listening to music, especially Country and Blue Grass. In his earlier years he played guitar in several area bands.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Olive White of Berkshire; his son, Larry Longley and his wife, Janet, of Berkshire; his daughter-in-law, Debra Austin of West Berkshire; five grandchildren, Stacie Manchester, James Longley, Derek Austin, Angela and Joanne Longley; his great grandchildren; Emilie, Kailie, Taylor, Aliyah, Madison, Alexis, Jonathan and Carter; Olive’s children, Kevin White of Lowell; and Heidi Mayo her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Emily of Newport; his brothers, Richard Longley of Richford, Roger Longley and his wife, Shirley, of Swanton, and Robert Longley and his wife, Anita, of Vernon; his sisters, Theresa Ladue and her husband, Norman, of Florida and Phyllis Rivers of St. Albans; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Ralph was predeceased by his son, Maurice Longley; a brother, Leo Longley; and a sister, Cecile Sweetser.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Roger Charbonneau officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls.

Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.

For those who wish, contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to Enosburg Nutrition Program, C/O Dairy Center, 2445 Samsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

Private messages of condolence may be sent to Ralph’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.