Joseph Edmond Long, 92, passed away peacefully in Venice, Fla. Jan. 21, 2014.

He was born Dec. 23, 1921 in Arlington, Va. to Levi S. Long and Margaret Flaherty.

Joe married his beautiful wife Shirley Aug. 20, 1942. He always said that is was the best thing that ever happened to him. He joined the United States Navy and was active duty from March 13, 1940 until March 17, 1946. Afterward, he continued his career in the Naval Reserve, where he retired after an additional 20 years of service. He retired as an aviation mechanic with a final rank of chief.

Joe enjoyed many hobbies in his spare time, including boating, gardening and baseball. After retirement he spent his winters in Florida, until he moved there permanently three years ago.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Harriett Shirley Long in 2011.

He is survived by two sons: Joseph Michael Long and his wife Olga of North Port, Fla. and David Leon Long and his wife Nancy of Killingworth, Conn.; five grandchildren Elisa, Judy, J. Eric, Kevin and Erin; nine great-grandchildren Brittney, Samantha, Rebeka, Leah, Alex, Katelyn, Kaiden, Allison and Sarina.

A graveside service will be held in the spring. Date to be announced.

You are invited to share your condolences with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at Hall Funeral Home, 78 Main St., Thomaston is caring for the family.