“Kindness and good nature unite men more effectually and with greater strength than any agreements whatsoever...”
- Sir Thomas More
Joseph “Joe” Felix Longo, 80, son of the late Lawrence and Jennie (nee Vernacchio) Longo, passed on to the Lord on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA following a lengthy illness.
Joe leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Catherine “Cass” (née Hoyles) Longo; his son Joseph (Mary Pat) Findlay, OH; son Michael (Michelle) Media, PA; and daughter Susan (Mark) Foltz Thornton, PA. He was also blessed to have eleven loving grandchildren brighten his life, including Catherine Anne (Mike), Joseph, Erin, Jennie, Zoe, Kaden, Owen, Gwen, Markus, Thomas, and Alexis. Additionally he is survived by his sister Geraldine Hadley; brother Lawrence (Sandy) Longo; sister-in-law Marianne (Ralph) Nocito; godchild Buddy Hoyles, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Joe graduated from Saint Thomas More High School in 1958 and then from Villanova University in 1962, earning a B.S. in Accounting. Recruited from Villanova, Joe worked as a C.P.A at the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse in both New York City and Philadelphia before moving onto becoming treasurer and Director/CFO of Brandywine Sports Inc. in Wilmington, DE for 16 years, from 1972 to 1988. He was also the CEO/owner of Yellow Cab and Airport Shuttle in Wilmington DE from 1988 to 2009, as well as a consultant for Six Plus Management, Inc.
Most important to Joe was family. He was devoted to his “high school sweetheart”, Cass, as well as his children, grandchildren, and extended family. He was a loving husband, father, and “Pop Pop” who adored- and was adored by- his wife, children, grandchildren, family, and friends. Throughout his life, Joe loved family gatherings, home-cooked meals (especially Italian food), watching his kids play sports (and other activities), watching his beloved Philly sports teams (Villanova basketball included), “hitting the links”, traveling, wine tastings, and walking his dog, Holly. More than anything however, he simply loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Whether it was a sporting event, a theater play, a figure skating event, a day out at the park, or a weekend sleepover, nothing made Pop Pop happier. His grandchildren were his life and legacy; his patience, kindness, and compassion have left lasting impressions on the individuals they are today.
Joe will be remembered for his devotion to his faith, family, and community, as well as for his kindness, character, outgoing nature, strength, optimism, wit, and laughter. Though Joe will be dearly missed every day here on earth, we are eternally thankful for the beautiful memories and lessons he selflessly imparted to us. We take comfort in the fact that our patriarch, Joseph Longo, like the guardian he was on earth, is now our guardian angel - watching, guiding, and smiling over us.
Services are private. Family and friends are invited to visit the Logan Funeral Homes, Inc. Facebook page on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. to access the livestream of the funeral mass. Please use the following link to view the funeral mass https://www.facebook.com/Loganfuneralhomes/
In lieu of flowers, donations to Penn Memory Center at https://pennmemorycenter.org/and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research would be greatly appreciated.