Former head of PSNH Gary Long mourned
As a tribute, a Public Service of New Hampshire line truck was parked outside of St. Pius X church in Manchester for the funeral of former PSNH President Gary Long. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The Rev. Thomas Rafferty of St. Paul Church in Wellesley, Mass., cousin of Long’s wife, Mary, officiated, telling the mourners that there would be no “what ifs” or “if onlys” when Long gave an accounting of his life before being admitted to Heaven. Long, he said, lived a life with no regrets.
“The rest is history,” he said.
In reflecting on Long’s life, Rafferty said that Long over the years hadn’t really changed from the man he met that day, although he had grown in wisdom.
Long is being remembered by community and state leaders for his generosity in serving on various nonprofit, community and economic development organizations, including chairing the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce board, Easter Seals of New Hampshire and judging the U.S. FIRST robotics competition.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.
Long was an active communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and, most recently, a member of Saint Pius X Church.
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