ENOSBURGH / BERKSHIRE — William L. Longe, age 90, joined his beloved Beatrice on Monday morning, April 11, 2016 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with his loving family at his side. Beatrice passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at her home with her husband of 69 years and loving family at her side. Billy and Beatrice were married on July 1, 1947.
He was born in Fairfield on April 8, 1926, the son of the late Gordon and Myrtle (Bovat) Longe.
Billy loved to joke. He loved to kid the nurses, caring for him, right to the end. He joked with family, too. It’s how he showed he cared. He really loved his family but he lived for his wife. Parted for only five days, he went to be with her again. He has no more pain and suffering and can breathe freely once more. Billy had one of the biggest hearts and his face lit up when company entered the room. It especially lit up when the little ones came to visit. He was a gentle giant and the kids loved him just as much as he loved them. He was a very hard working man, working until he was 75, and he would have kept going if he could have.
Billy attended schools in East Fairfield, Enosburgh, Sheldon and Richford. He was a member of the Scottish Rite and the Masonic Lodge #78 FandAM of Enosburg Falls. He was a lifelong farmer, cattle dealer and enjoyed collecting guns and watches. He also loved to play cards.
He also had a special place in his heart for their dog, Missy. He treated her like his own child. She ate what he ate, went where he went, and when Billy or Bea had to be in the hospital for an overnight stay…she waited on the window seat watching for them to return.
Billy is survived by his children and their spouses, Ronald and Caroline Longe of Franklin, Patrick and Wilda Longe of West Berkshire, Steven and Janet Longe of West Berkshire, Timmy and Cindy Longe of Enosburgh, Linda and James Nelson of Gainesville, Fla., and Diane Chaffee of Franklin; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; his sister-in-law, Bernice Longley of Johnson; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, Billy was predeceased by his son-in-law, David Chaffee; his daughter-in-law, Marjolaine Longe; his brother, Gordon Longe Jr.; his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Doris and Floyd Rhodes and Gladys and Robert Dolan; his brothers-in-law and their spouses, Leonard Marcy and Ethan and Joyce Marcy, and Cedric Longley.
Memorial services for Beatrice and Billy will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 4 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will follow in the East Berkshire Congregational Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Saturday April 16 from 2 to 4 p.m..
It was Billy’s wishes to be an organ donor but due to varying circumstances that could not happen, so it is the families desire to use this opportunity to help someone else in need. For those who wish, contributions in Billy’s memory may be made to help John Hemond who is on the donor waiting list for a kidney transplant C/O Marlene Sanville 778 West Jay Road, Richford, VT 05476.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Beatrice’s family online through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.