John "Desi" Long

March 26th, 1954 - February 9th, 2018

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John “Desi” Long, age 63, of Erie, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018 at his residence.  He was born in Erie on March 26, 1954 a son of the late John D. and Grace (Moore) Long.


Desi was a graduate of Cathedral Prep attended Behrend College and then Paul Smith College where he earned a degree in Hotel Restaurant management.  He owned and operated restaurants in Lake Placid, New York before becoming the bar manager at the Kahkwa club.  Desi later was a salesman for Rick Weaver Buick before owning his own beer distributorship.


He is survived by his son Michael Long of Erie; his grandchildren, Tyler, Travis, Michael and Thomas Long; and his sisters, Patricia Long, Rita Rosenquest and Maura Harris, husband James all of Erie; nieces and nephews, Amy Hancock, husband Jason, Patrick McAfee, Douglas Rosenquest, Trisha Harris and Scott Harris. He is also survived by life long friends Dr. Timothy Barron, Judge Thomas Carney and David Lombardozzi.


Friends are invited to a funeral mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 2801 West 6th Street, on Thursday at 11am.  Burial will be private in Calvary Cemetery.  Arrangements are being handled by the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street.