|Blair C. DeLong|
|July 19, 1967 - September 14, 2010|
|Coral Springs, Florida|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 Tuesday September 21, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday September 22, 2010 at Trinity Anglican Church, 1818 6th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Wednesday September 22, 2010 at Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Blair C. DeLong, 43, formerly of Rock Island, died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in Coral Springs, Fl.|
Services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept 22, at Trinity Anglican Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be Tuesday, Sept 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial will be at Chippiannock Cemetery. Rock Island. Memorials may be made to The Margaret White Potter scholarship fund, Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, the American Heart Association, or to the Humane Society of Rock Island County.
Blair C. DeLong was born July 19, 1967, in Rock Island, the son of Anne Potter DeLong and Edward E. DeLong III.
A graduate of Rock Island High School in 1985, he earned two letters on its basketball team. He attended and played at Monmouth College for two years. Transferring to the University of South Dakota, he again played for two years and graduated with a degree in Political Science.
Upon returning to Rock Island, he served in many capacities with the Quad City Thunder Professional Basketball team and participated in its 1993-94 championship season.
He loved the game of chess and played often with friends. A devotee of warm climates, he soon found a love in salt water wade fishing in the Houston, TX, area and southern Florida where he resided in recent years and managed his affairs. A golfing trip to Scotland with friends kindled a strong interest in that game. He was a great competitor and enjoyed club rugby and snow and water skiing. His love of animals began with his treasured Labrador retriever, Astro.
Survivors include his father, Edward, his brother David and cherished sister Elizabeth, brother in law, Victor, his nieces Ryan and Olivia, all of Rock Island. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Potter DeLong.
My prayers of sympathy and strength through faith, to the family. My sister, Marybeth(Udy)Myers went to school with Blair. I remember him as the tall handsome basketball player in the 1980's, Our entire family followed Duncan Reid and the team to Champaign year after year! May he forever rest in heavenly peace.
-- Kim Block
Will never forget the good times! Rest in peace.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Blair was a great guy. I remember the fun times we had in high school....
-- Shawn Hedrick
Liz, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I can't imagine how it must feel. Stay strong for he would want you to be. Love you
I am so sorry for your families loss! I have many fond memories of blair. We went to school together pretty much from kindergarden. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. The angels are watching over him now! God bless and I will keep all of you in my prayers.
-- lori mcmillan (woeste)
Dear Ed, David, Elizabeth and family I was shocked and so incredibly sorry when I read the news about Blairs passing. I know I speak for my sisters when conveying my deepest sympathy. He was such a fun adventurous little guy when I babysat for you kids. Mom always loved you kids as if you were her own grandkids. Elizabeth, it still touches us so much that you came to our mom's visitation. It was so wonderful to see how beautiful and grown up you are. Please accept our thoughts and prayers and may God bring you peace and comfort now and always.
Ruth Parkers daughters Jane, Carol, and Kathy
-- jane (parker) wibert
My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of such a wonderful, charming and loving brother/son and friend too so many. I am Praying for strength and healing at this time. Your love will never fade and his memory will live on with you and those who knew him. Peace to you and your family
-- Deborah Jones
My thoughts and prayers are with Blair's family in this trying time. He was a great friend to me and I miss him so much.
Godspeed Blair, Rest in Peace my friend.
-- Paul Hester
My thoughts and prayers are with the DeLong family. Blair made an impact on everyone's life that he touched. May he rest in peace.
MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE DELONG FAMILY. BLAIR WAS ONE IN A MILLION. A VERY WISE AND KIND PERSON. HE WILL BE MISSED.
-- Marty Byrne
Please know that you are all in my prayers.
-- Mary Beth Thoms Tennant
Gonna miss you dogg. My prayers go out to the Delong family.
-- B Nunn
Thoughts and prayers go out to your family from ours. I remember Blair and I having to carry each other on our backs and running the length of Rocky's gym during Coach Reid's "horse races" after the basketball season was over. I'm sure it was quite humorous watching the fat freshman (me) running down the floor with this big, gangly Blair riding and whipping me like a jockey. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace, Blair.
-- Kevin Fink
A great guy has left this world to early. A great friend to many. May his soul rest in peace and to his family, you are in my prayers.
-- Doug Studer
I am sorry to hear of the death of Blair. You have my deepest sympathy.
-- Al Uzzell
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. No words can express my deepest sympathy to you my FRIEND, although the tears may flow uncontrollably now have relief in knowing that this too shall pass. Keep your head up, I am praying for you. Please dont hesitate to ask if you need anything!
-- Tonya Davis
Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Our daughter Karen was in school with Blair and he was in our home many times. We remember his curly blond hair, blue eyes and mischievious smile. Bob & Cheryl Castellanos
-- Cheryl Castellanos
Delong Family, Jeff's brother and met/ hung-out w/ Blair on more than one occasion. i can still see them together in that house they rented in rock island seemingly not that long ago. we are very saddened to hear of blair's passing and may god bless him. A small donaton made to RICHS in his name.
-- dr. stephen murphy and family
To Blairís family: I know there are no words that can ease your pain. I ask God to provide you comfort and respite during this very difficult time, now and in the months and years ahead. Blair was a big guy with an imposing presence, but once you got to know him, you realized he was a gentle giant whose eyes revealed a good soul. He had a lot of friends and I hope that brings a smile to your face knowing he was a part of many peopleís lives.
To Blair: So many of us that knew you loved you and cared for you and wished nothing but the best for you. If you didnít know that before, you know it now looking down on all the people celebrating your life. Youíre a good guy in a better place who left great memories; and Iíll always wish you couldíve had just a little more time here on earth.
-- Stacey Johnson
My heart and prayers goes out to the Delong family, as difficult as this tragedy is we can always hold onto the great memories of this wonderful man. I will miss him dearly, he was a sweet, kind, and funny guy with a HUGE heart. May God continue to bless you all. RIP Blair. Kimmie
-- Kim (Robinson) Williams
Blair and I started Monmouth College together as freshmen. He was always a good guy! Even though I wasn't on the basketball team, he always made me feel like I was part of the group. He loved rap music, so we had that in common. We lost contact after 1986 (the year I left Monmouth), but when I think of my time there at Monmouth, Blair was definitely a big part of that. I'm so sorry to hear that he's no longer with us. My condolences go out to the DeLong family and friends.
-- Derrick A. Johnson