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Mitchell “Phillip” Longley

March 13, 1928 – June 4, 2010

Hampton Union, Friday, June 11, 2010

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

DERRY — Mitchell “Philip” Longley, 82, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare Center, Nashua.

He was born March 13, 1928, in Caribou, Maine, the son of the late Mitchell P. and Alberta (Corey) Longley.

Mr. Longley was a rigger at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, working on submarines until his retirement in 1993. He had previously worked for Ralston Tree Service in Portsmouth and Exeter for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Freedith A. (Smith) Longley of Derry; three daughters, Juanita Rives of Derry, Gloria McPherson and her husband John of Yuma, Ariz., and Susan Chamberlain of Nevada; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, William Longley of Connecticut; three sisters, Helen Woznikaitis and Mae Ricci, both of Connecticut and Shirley Howlett of Maine; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by one grandson, Shawn Chamberlain, two sisters, Irene Kleckner and Maxine Dilger; and two brothers, Fred and Kenneth Longley.

WE REMEMBER: He was raised in northern Maine and had been a resident of Derry for one year, formerly living in Exeter and Hampton.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #35 in Hampton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Exeter.

Mr. Longley was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Hampton, where he was a deacon as well as doing the janitorial work at the church.

He was a “jack of all trades” who enjoyed being busy all the time. He enjoyed snowmobiling, volunteering his time and services assisting the elderly and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry. Visiting will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

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