Southern Boone friends, Ashland Optimist Club members and city officials remembered Carl Long last week as a dedicated volunteer who gave much of his time to a number of efforts in the Ashland community.

Carl Long

Carl Long

Long, 82, died on Friday, Sept. 2 at Boone Hospital. Long had been diagnosed with cancer this past summer.

Long served as an Alderman for the City of Ashland for 28 years. He would often remember with a laugh that he and other aldermen would sometimes “scratch our heads and wonder how the city was going to pay its only police officer.”

Long was a U.S. Army veteran – he received a Purple Heart – and was a Factory Representative for Wolverine Boots.

But, seemingly, job one for Long was his time volunteering not only as an elected official, but as a lifetime member of the Ashland Optimist Club.

“I think he was one of those guys you would call ‘Mr. Optimist,'” said another city officials Price Nichols. “He put in a ton of time at the Optimist Club and working to raise money.”

Nichols said he and Long didn’t always agree on city issues when they served on the same Board of Aldermen, however, Long never personalized issues.

“It didn’t matter whether or not you agreed with Carl, once the meeting was over and you hit the door – we were friends,” Nichols said.

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