Paul Francis Long
Paul Francis Long
  • November 14, 1959 - October 25, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Sergeant Paul Francis Long passed away on October 25, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by loved ones. He was born in New Orleans on November 14, 1959.

Paul graduated from East Jefferson High School in 1978 and started his law enforcement career with the Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office. Upon leaving the JPSO, he began his 24 year line of duty with the New Orleans Police Department from March 1991 and retired in June 2015. He worked in many Districts, Homicide and Traffic Divisions; and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Paul was raised to the degree of Master Masonry on October 25, 2004 of Perseverance Lodge #4. For the year 2017, Paul was elected to Worshipful Master.

Paul was an avid hunter and fisherman who supported numerous environmental organizations. He was also a Bow Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor for the LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, District 8. Paul was also extremely passionate about cooking for family and friends and was always there to lend a helping hand.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Jerome J. Long Sr. and Shirley Mae Gerlinger, his brothers, Albert Long and Jerome Long Jr. and sister, Adele Morvant.

Paul is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie Coleman-Long and niece who he considered his daughter, Paige Coleman. He is also survived by his brother, Brian Long (Janet), and sisters, Nancy Lestelle (Frank), Eileen Grass (Johnny) and Susan Long along with many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Paul began to write this shortly before his passing but never finished:

“For those of you I have worked with, and the LA Army National Guard, I would like to take this time to say it has been a pleasure. I would like to take this time to thank you for all the kindness and appreciation…”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service in the chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 3 pm. Visitation will be from 12:30 pm until service time. Immediately following the service will be a Celebration of Life at The Homedale Inn Bar, 618 Homedale Street, New Orleans.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul Long’s name are requested to be made to the American Cancer Society.