William James “Jamie” Long, 28, of Wilmington, Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 5th, 2023, at the Cleveland Clinic.
Born in Wilmington, Ohio, he was the beloved son of Robyn Long Esmail and David Esmail. In addition to his parents, Jamie is survived by grandmothers R. Kay Long and Janet Esmail, aunts and uncles Cyndia L. Inlow, Dr. Jim (Lynn) Esmail, Matt (Kim) Esmail, and Jennifer (Bill) Morrison, as well as cousins Caleb Inlow, Christine (Robert) Wilson, River Inlow, Noah and Nate Esmail, Nick (Lise-Anne Combs) Robinson, Michelle (Tyler) Cory, and Seth and Megan Morrison. Jamie is also survived by his daughter Penelope Kay Long and her older brother Milo Skaggs, both of whom he was extremely proud to raise. He also leaves behind the children’s mother Alyssa Hidy, as well as Micah, a dog he adopted in Baltic, Ohio, and gifted his parents prior to his return to Wilmington, Ohio. Jamie was preceded in death by his grandfathers Robert L. Long and Jalal “Jack” Esmail.
A 2012 graduate of Clinton-Massie HS, Jamie worked in the trades including construction and sand core casting. He was incredibly smart, funny, and insightful. He loved music, sports, and history, and enjoyed long conversations with friends. As a Christian, Jamie believed in befriending the underdog and standing up for those who needed defending. His friendships crossed boundaries that would normally divide people. He could instantly make friends into family, fiercely loving and loyally protecting his community while holding a hand out to bring others in. His most recent community included Casey Shinkle and her extended family, who were all instrumental in providing assistance during his sudden illness.
Jamie’s infectious laugh, quick wit, and loving presence will be sorely missed. He was greatly loved.
Visitation is Sunday, March 12th, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Brown Funeral Home in Wilmington, Ohio. An informal remembrance service will immediately follow at 3:00 PM, started by life-long friend Curtis Canby, with all in attendance invited to participate with a story, scripture, or music if they so choose. Following the service if anyone wants to continue conversations, covered dishes may be brought to Ole Town Tavern on North South Street in Wilmington. Private interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the immediate family. Condolences may be left on-line at www.arehart-brown.com, or our Facebook page, Brown Funeral Home
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