May 14 2020

Obituary: Beloved Family Man and Long-Time Member of the Cambridge Police Department John J. Long, 78


A Burlington resident and long-time member of the Cambridge Police Department passed away last week.


John J. Long, a 30 year officer with the Cambridge Police Department, passed away on Thursday morning, May 7, 2020, his obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home says. He was 78 years old.  

John was born and raised in Cambridge. He was the son of John and Margaret Long. He grew up in North Cambridge and was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. After high school, he furthered his education by earning a Psychology Degree.

John was a proud member of the Cambridge Police Department for 30 years, his career spanning from his start in 1970 to his retirement in 2000. Over the years he was a patrolman and motorcycle officer and he worked in almost every part of Cambridge. He walked a beat, responded to emergencies and medical calls, and kept the residents safe.  

“He especially enjoyed being in the Motorcycle Division of the force,” his obituary says. “He could respond to calls quicker and provided escorts for resident’s funerals and dignitaries who visited the community. He participated in parades and ceremonies held in and around Cambridge as well. John enjoyed giving back to the community that he enjoyed growing up in.”

John moved to Burlington over 50 years ago and enjoyed his time off-duty with his family and his hobbies. 

“John was a man who simply enjoyed life and time spent with family and friends,” his obituary reads. “He was a motorcycle enthusiast. Over the years, he had Harley Davidsons, Hondas, and Kawasaki motorcycles that were all chromed up, polished, and were his pride and joy. His friends had an informal motorcycle club called ‘T.A.T.’  They took day trips, overnights, and extended motorcycle trips to as far as Canada.”

He enjoyed the many years he owned a vacation home on Ossipee Lake in Freedom, NH. He enjoyed boating, fishing, ice fishing, time spent with family and guests, and the peacefulness of sunsets and sunrises over the lake.  He enjoyed working in his garden and sharing his harvests with family and friends. He and his wife of almost 58 years loved to travel and look for antiques. 


“He was a wonderful father and mentor to his two sons,” his obituary says. “Once you got to know John, you couldn’t help but love him. He was truly a special man who will be greatly missed.”

Read his full obituary here.


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