Anthony "Tony" "Poppie" Salvador Longo, 91, of Wethersfield, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, October 16, 2016 at his home. He was predeceased by Lucy, his loving wife of 63 years on June 1, 2016. Tony was born on December 21, 1924 in Hartford and was the son of the late Louis and Rocchina (Rondinone) Longo. He grew up in East Hartford and went to East Hartford High School, where he lettered in track and field and after graduating early at the age of 16, he attended Trinity College for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served during WWII from 1943-1946, attaining the rank of Electronic Tech. After the war, he returned to Trinity College and graduated in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. Tony worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford from 1949-1983 as a quality control engineer and then worked from 1983-1994 for Caval Tool in Newington in the X-ray department. Tony was a member of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Club, the Hartford Engineering Club, the American Legion and the Hartford Bridge Club, where he was a Life Silver Master. He was also a member of the NRA, earning the title of Pro Marksman. Tony met his beloved Lucy in 1951 and they married on Valentine's Day, 1953 and spent 63 wonderful years together. They built a summer home in Old Lyme in 1961 and also enjoyed winters in New Port Richey, FL. A loving father and grandfather, Tony will be dearly missed by his three children, Richard A. Longo and wife Kim, Donald Longo and Diana L. DeLorenzo and husband Michael and four adored grandchildren, Rich who cared for him, Chelsea, Haley and Thomas. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, as well as Susie who lovingly cared for him. In addition to his wife and parents, Tony was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Joe Magnano; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gaetano and Pasquala Albani; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Anna, Anthony and Lena, Attilio and Barbara, Tina Albani, Santo and Carmen LaRosa and Joe and Marie Rafaniello and his beloved grandson, Justin Longo. We would like to thank Hartford Healthcare Hospice, Nurse Brenna, Nurse Joyce, aides Lennox and Donna and all the staff who were involved in our father's care. Our father loved life and lived it to the fullest; he was always supportive, caring and patient. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday (October 21) at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 601 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield. Everyone is asked to please go directly to the church. Burial with military honors at Rose Hill Memorial Park will be private. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. Cancer is a horrible disease and it robs a person of their dignity, their spirit and their life-we need to find a cure. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tony's memory to the Cancer charity of your choice. To share a memory of Tony with his family, please visit www.desopo.com .
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