Captain Richard R. Long, USNR, Ret. of Newport, RI, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 following a period of failing health. Richard grew up in Auburn, MA, the son of William and Dorothy (Rice) Long. He met his wife of 57 years, Virginia (Monigle) Long, while she was in high school and he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. They married in 1960, shortly after he received his architectural degree.
Richard and his wife settled in Portsmouth, RI, raising four children: Marcy, Sarah, Jeffrey and Joshua. Richard worked as principle architect for the Restoration Foundation of Newport before opening a private architectural practice.
Among the many structures that Richard designed or restored include the Travers Block building on Bellevue Avenue, the Three Sisters on Wellington Avenue, the Island Surf and Sport building on Aquidneck Avenue, and the renovation of the Chanler Hotel. For the last thirty six years, Richard and Virginia lived on Historic Hill in an 18th century house, the restoration of which was overseen by him.
Captain Long enjoyed a successful military career. After a brief stint in the Air Force Reserve, Richard joined the Navy Seabees, where he served in RMCB12. When his unit was activated during the Vietnam War, he served a tour of duty in DaNang. Upon his return to the states, he continued serving in the Reserves until his retirement in 1991. He achieved the rank of Captain, and he served at the Pentagon, with CINCUSNAVEUR, and as Commanding Officer of the Navy base in Davisville, RI, among other positions.
Richard was known for his collection of antique cars, many of which he restored himself. An active member of Trinity Church in Newport, the Newport Navy Choristers, and the Cadillac LaSalle Club, he also served on several boards of directors. Captain Long leaves his wife Virginia, four children and their spouses, ten grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, his brother, Kenneth Long, and countless friends and family members.
A funeral service for Captain Long is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th at 11AM at Trinity Church, 141 Spring Street, Newport, RI. Interment will follow immediately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Captain Long’s memory to the Trinity Church Endowment Fund, 141 Spring Street, Newport, or the Potter League for Animals, P.O. Box 412, Newport, RI 02840.