ALAMO - Robert Bryant Long passed away peacefully March 16, 2009, at the Bruns House Hospice, in Alamo, attended by his family. Bob and his wife, Chris were celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.
Bob is survived by his wife, Chris; daughter Linda and husband Todd; and son Bob Jr. and wife Pat. Additional family members who were very close to Bob are grandson Bret; granddaughter Elizabeth; nephew Dick Long and wife Luanne; niece Betsy Figueroa and husband Jay; and cousin Bob Campbell and wife Jane. In addition, Bob is remembered by Henrietta Bugaj of St. Helena, his secretary at SFHA and later enterprises. And also, Zelma Long, his former daughter-in-law.
Bob was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Daisy and Robert Long Sr., both from Kentucky. After attending high school in Indianapolis, where he was known as a star halfback in football and 100-yard dash track champion, he moved west to San Francisco in the late 1930s. He enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley, where he met and married Edith Christine Martino. They started their family in 1939. During the War, Bob was employed by the San Francisco Housing Authority, where he was responsible for constructing and managing the creation of homes for shipyard workers at Hunters Point.
After rising to the position of chief of the management division of SFHA, Bob started his own company which engaged primarily in setting up and managing housing for military personnel at Strategic Air Command bases in California and the west.
Bob continued his property management business until his retirement in 1975. During these years Bob and Chris renewed their love for the Napa Valley by purchasing land for vineyards. They were introduced to the wine country by Chris’ father, Martin Martino, who as a lawyer and Italian immigrant over a 40-year period frequently visited clients there. In 1954 they purchased a weekend property on Cold Springs Road, in Angwin. Then in 1965 they purchased property on Pritchard Hill, southeast of St. Helena. The Pritchard Hill property was planted with chardonnay, cabernet and riesling. Those grapes ultimately were used to produce wine on site as Long Vineyards wines. For 40 years Chris and Bob enjoyed living and entertaining both in the Napa Valley and at their home in Berkeley. They later moved to Rossmoor.
Bob’s devoted wife, Chris, will be living with their daughter in Carmel.
A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends later this spring.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory can be made to the Bruns House Hospice, c/o Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, http://www.hospiceeastbay.org">www.hospiceeastbay.org.