Beverly Long

January 30, 2024

Beverly Long Obituary

Beverly Long was born on July 26,1945 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge MA. 

Her mother Sarah had a dual Canadian/American Citizenship and had lived in Canada for 38 years before moving to the USA and becoming an American Citizen. She kept the house in Canada because she had family there.

Beverly's Dad Thaddeus, nicknamed Ted, was from Maine and had been shot in WWII. Ted was working a small job in Boston recovering from the war and re-starting his life. After marrying Sarah, Ted later worked for Raytheon in Waltham MA. 

The family lived in Arlington MA for a while and settled in Belmont MA where Bev and her sister Lorraine went to the Belmont School System. Bev graduated from Belmont High School in 1963. Lorraine graduated in 1965.

Beverly, her mother and her sister spent many summers at the family's homestead on Highway11, in Clifton New Brunswick Canada. The drive from Belmont to the Canada house was 13 hours. Ted was not able to spend as much time at the Canadian house because he had to work.

Beverly and her sister enjoyed summers in Canada. They went to beach parties, hayrides, bonfires, strawberry festivals, church suppers, The girls had 5 uncles: Austin, Lawrence, Fred, Tom. and Jimmy. Her uncles were all interesting guy's e.g. Uncle Jimmy owned very large hauling horses, He was a teamster and took the horses to county fairs and other hauling horse competitions. He was officially a teamster and won many trophies.

Beverly's mother died in 1995 and her father died in 2000. Her parents are both buried in the New Bandon Cemetery which has a beautiful ocean view over the Bay Chaleur, Canada.

Beverly's first job was at Harvard Business School, where in 1964 became George Lodge's secretary (George's father was Henry Cabot Lodge). Bev worked at Harvard Business School for approximately 8 years. After Harvard she worked for the Ealing Corporation for approximately 30 years. She was a hard-working, fun loving, interesting, friendly, out-going, beautiful young woman.

She met her future husband David in 1969. David lived at a Lexington house which he was sharing with 3 other guys, they were an interesting bunch: 2 poor Vietnam Veterans going to college and 2 wealthy scientists. The scientists both owned XKE Jaguars and ate at fine restaurants. David and the other veteran had old broken-down cars and ate hot dogs and hamburgers. 

In 1970, David transferred from UMass Boston to UMass Amherst. Beverly drove out to Amherst on weekends. Sometimes she brought bags of groceries. Bev attended David's graduation from UMass Amherst in 1972.

Bev and David dated for 11 years. Bev worked for Ealing Electro-Optics for about 13 years

David ended up working at the Newton Planning Department for 12 years.  Beverly went on a week-long schooner cruise out of Newport RI on the Bill of Rights, with David. Bev had a wonderful time and even climbed up most of the way to the crow's nest.

Bev liked to go camping and fishing with David. They camped and fished from western Mass to the National Seashore and up to the Bay of Fundy in Canada. 

In 1978 Beverly and David were married at the Martha Mary Chapel in Sudbury next to the Wayside Inn. During the ceremony, fully outfitted British Army Redcoats and colonists in period costumes circled the Chapel and the Inn on horseback and on foot.  Each side was laying out tents, cooking, and shooting muskets and cannons at each other. Beverly and her father arrived at the chapel in a horse drawn carriage. This event is called Colonial Days.

. After the wedding ceremony Beverly and David went to Bermuda for a Honeymoon and came back to live in a condominium in Needham. Beverly continued to work for Ealing and David continued to work as a Newton City Planner. In the summer they liked going canoeing, fishing, camping, and road trips. In winter they mostly stayed indoors.

In Beverly's later years she enjoyed spending time outside in the warm weather. She smiled the most when the sun was on her face. From gardening, feeding the birds and squirrels, laying in a hammock, to spending time with her feet in the water at a pool or the beach, the warm outdoors always made her happy. She also incorporated nature into her paintings and drawings as art was one of her favorite past hobbies. 

Her smile, laugh and ability to make everyone happy around her will be truly missed by all. The love she shared for family and friends knew no bounds. 

Beverly Long is survived by her husband David Long, son Wesley Long and sister Lorraine Sullivan.

Visitation will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Wednesday, February 14th from 10:30-11:30am, followed by a funeral service at 11:30. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Beverly’s name may be made to the ASPCA (

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February 14, 2024

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Eaton Funeral Home
1351 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

Funeral Service
February 14, 2024

11:30 AM
Eaton Funeral Home
1351 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492

February 14, 2024

12:15 PM
St. Mary's Cemetery
1 Wellesley Ave
Needham, MA 02494


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