George Gatling Long

George Gatling Long, 62, of Rangeley, Maine, formerly of Greenport, Long Island, N.Y., sadly passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn, surrounded by his loving family and great friends.

He was born May 18, 1950, in Greenport, a son of Robert Jennings and Winifred (Gatling) Long.

George was a most unique and effective professional nurse and was director of the Farmington Memorial Hospital Emergency Department for nine years. Prior to that he was the OR, ED, and SDS manager with Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport for many years.

George enjoyed everything. His ability to be a true friend and mentor and his keen intuitiveness are what made him such a special man. He always had an open heart.

His positivity was like no other. George loved people and life.

Surviving are his wife and soulmate, Maryellen; his three sons, Mark, Michael and Brian, whom he loved dearly; grandchildren Kasey and Mark; as well as brothers Bill and Dave. Always at his side: Lady Sage of Sandy River, “Our little Girl.”

The void of this loss will impact so many. In the words of a dear friend, “George, P.S., You can’t take over Heaven but I know you’ll try.”

Rarer than rare, he was a one-in-a-million man.

Honoring George’s wishes a “celebration” of his life will be planned for a later date when we can raise a glass in true George style.

Contributions in George’s memory may be made to Androscoggin Hospice House: The Hospice House of Androscoggin, 236 Stetson Road. Auburn, ME 04210. Arrangements are in the care of Wiles Funeral Home, Cremation Service & Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington, Maine.

Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with George’s family and friends on his tribute wall at

This is a paid notice.