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Alicia Kline

Dear Jane, How blessed was I to know Sam. He always had time for me. Whether it was current events or just speaking about everyday living. I will miss our talks. GOD bless you for being his wonderful companion. He loved you so much.

Suzanne Spengler

Leni and George Harriott

Dear Jane, We are so sad to hear of Sam's illness and passing. We remember Sam being so full of life, friendliness and giving. He touched many lives with his computer ministry, allowing refugee children an oportununity to learn English and do well in school. Our hearts ache for you Jane. No doubt the last few months have been extremely difficult for you and we only hope that in your new home in Florida you are surrounded by loving, caring friends to sustain you in the months ahead.

Jo and MarionPeavey

Dearest Jane, our thoughts and prayers are with you . So many wonderful memories of younger days together at Duke and UVA Hoping your times shared with Sam .can bring you comfort.Love, Jo

Dave and Beth Moore

Jane, we are deeply saddened to learn of Sam’s passing. I’ll always remember him happily greeting us whether it was at church or at your house before Small Group. What a kind, gracious and happy person he was. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Love and prayers, Dave and Beth

Al & Martha Maffeo

We both remember how friendly Sam always was to us at church. Our sincere condolences to you Jane and your family..

Kimberly Ceccatti

Dear Jane, My heart was so saddened to hear about the loss of Sam! You and Sam were always so kind and generous to our church family and to me personally….I recall lovely memories of small group studies up at your lovely home in PA. Wrapping you in hugs and love! Love, Kim

Stacie Heinen

Jane, my heart breaks for you. I'm continuing to keep you in my prayers. No matter how much time we have with someone, it is never enough. Remember, it's not goodbye. It's see you again. His memory lives on in you. Sending you hugs always!

Jody King and Jim Vozar

Sending lots of love to Jane and all of Sam’s fans and there are many. We will miss you Sam and the wonderful conversations. Rest in Peace gentle soul.

Michele N.

Wishing you courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your heart forever.

Steven Boell

Our hearts break for Jane and all of Sam's family and friends. Sam was a kind and genuine soul who always took an interest in others. Whenever I saw Sam (and especially when he and Jane welcomed us into their beutiful home) Sam was always so easy to talk to both because of his absolute brillenace but also because he took a genuinely interest in the lives of me and my family. We are all better having known Sam and I hope I can follow in his example in the way he approached the world and others.

Fred Phillips

Samuel B. Long, III


Samuel B. Long III (“Sam”), 69, of Fernandina Beach, Florida and South Bristol, Maine, beloved husband of Jane P. Long, was received into the arms of his Lord on April 2, 2024.

A son of Samuel B. Long, Jr. and Dorothy Shell Long, Sam was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and graduated from Marple Newtown High School and Duke University. He began his career at the financial brokerage firm of Smith Barney and maintained a keen interest in the financial markets for the rest of his life. He went on to an almost 40-year career as a university administrator in development, major gifts and planned giving at Duke University, University of Virginia, University of Memphis and Moravian College. Prior to retiring, Sam and his wife lived for 21 years in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, where they were long-time members of First Presbyterian Church of Allentown. Since moving to Fernandina Beach, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach.

Sam’s passion, unbeknownst to most, was his computer ministry. For over a decade, he purchased, loaded and gave away untold numbers of computers to immigrant and refugee students and families, to deaf students and to non-profit and religious organizations both in Pennsylvania and in Florida. Sam had the gift of gab and never met a stranger. He loved walking down to the marina and meeting folks on their boats from all over the world. He and Jane travelled to many parts of the world but Sam also treasured his time with their horses and on their farms, first in Virginia and later in Pennsylvania. He was an avid college basketball fan and without a doubt his #1 team was the Duke Blue Devils. Sam’s special place was Maine where he and Jane went every summer for 19 years.

Sam is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jane; his brother Ken Long (Beth) of Bradenton, FL; brother-in-law, Randy Pickelmann (Cindy) of St. George, Maine; nephews Mark Long (Rachel) of Radolfzell, Germany, and Chip Pickelmann (Heather) of Dunedin, FL, and a great-niece, Aria Long.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach, 9 N. 6th Street; committal at St. Peter’s Cemetery will precede the service at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257 or to Barnabas Center, 1303 Jasmine St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.


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