George "The Legend" Long was born February 11,
1941 at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. He passed away December 25,
2018. George graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1959. He
and Cathy Vitort were wed in 1967. George briefly attended UW-Madison but
ultimately graduated Magna Cum Laude in Business from Marquette U,
He served in the US Army Reserves from 1961 to 1967 when he received his
Honorable Discharge. He was admitted to the International Business Honor
Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, in 1972. While attending night school at
Marquette he worked days as a Special Agent for the IRS.
Following graduation he and Cathy moved to DeForest, WI. He worked and
lectured as a CPA for 35 years in Madison and Middleton while Cathy worked
for the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Among other endeavors George obtained a private pilot's license and flew
to many out-of-state locations in his Mooney. He loved golf, as did his
parents, and played on the Memorial HS State Championship golf squad in
1959. Years later he logged his 5th hole-in-one in Madison, the
re-creation of which aired on a local Madison TV station. That is when he
started referring to himself (to his friends and family anyway) as "The
George and Cathy had soft spots in their hearts for homeless cats and
adopted many. They were hugely loyal lifelong Badger and Marquette U fans
and generously donated to many charities and foundations. They happily
retired to Hilton Head Plantation, South Carolina in 2008.
George left behind his loving wife, Cathy Vitort Long, who now resides
near her family in her birthplace, Stanley, Wisconsin; sister Cindy Long
Kelly, Ormond Beach, FL; and brother Jim Long, Portland, OR. They had no
He was preceded in death by father Norman G. Long, mother Kathrine
Overgard Long and sister Kristine Long Schwartz.
He was a loving, caring husband, brother, son, and friend and will be
missed by many.