John C. Long
John C. Long, 65, of Sharon, passed away peacefully with his wife and family by his side Wednesday evening, Jan. 29, 2019, in his residence, following a courageous battle with ALS.
Mr. Long was born Feb. 16, 1954, in Sharon, a son of the late George and Assunta (Cavicchia) Long. A lifelong area resident, he graduated from Sharpsville High School in 1972.
For 30 years, John was employed by Sharon Tube Co. and worked as a machine operator at both the Sharon and Wheatland locations until retiring in 2015. He previously worked for National Castings, also in Sharon.
John was a member of St. Joseph Church, Sharon, and also regularly attended St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville.
He volunteered for the St. Joseph Food Pantry, and following retirement, worked the election polls, both at St. Joseph Church, Sharon.
He enjoyed woodworking and always looked forward to planting a large vegetable garden every year.
A devoted husband and father, he especially loved being a grandfather and attending all of his grandchildren's sporting events.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Debra Jean Prample, whom he married Oct. 24, 1975; a daughter, Patty (Justin) Mendillo, Sharpsville; a son, John (Carey Bacon) Long, II; Sharon; a brother, George (Anita) Long, Cranberry Township; a brother-in-law, Dennis (Ana Rose) Prample, Hermitage; five grandchildren, Andrew, Dylan and Zachary Long, and Jackson and Julia Mendillo; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Budetich.
The family would like to thank the staff of Amedisys Hospice, Butler, for their exceptional care and kindness.

John C., 65, of Sharon.
Calling hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday (2-2-20) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Mass of Christian burial: 11 a.m. Monday (2-3-20) in St. Bartholomew Church, 311 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville, with Rev. Matthew Strickenberger, as celebrant.
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published on January 30, 2020


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Noel Beers
Feb 14, 2020
I'm sorry to hear of John's early departure from this world. He was a co-worker and friend. John was always friendly and cheerful, and I enjoyed working with him.
Joyce Ferguson
Feb 04, 2020
I met John for the first time when we would visit my cousin Larry Clark in Sharpsville back in the sixties, and he was always so nice, and always funny. He continued to be a friend all through junior and senior high. When I spoke to him last it was at a class reunion. He talked about his family, and seemed very happy and proud of them. I'm sorry for your loss.
Sherma Ferguson Kain
Feb 04, 2020
So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a huge part of my childhood and teen years. Whenever I ran in to him out and about, it was always a nice interaction. A sweet man.
Jackson Mendillo
Jan 31, 2020
I love you papa, and I miss you.
Amber Emery and Michele Macias
Jan 31, 2020
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