Westmont, Illinois -- Date Issued: January 11, 2021
The Village of Westmont offers our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jim Long, who served as a Westmont Park District Commissioner for 39 years. Jim passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021.
The following text was issued by the Westmont Park District:
It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of James M. (Jim) Long, Park Board President. Jim served the District as a park commissioner for 39 years. Words cannot describe the impact he has had on our community and the Park District. His loss will be immeasurable. Having joined the Park Board in 1982 Jim has been at the head of the table for every discussion, negotiation, policy decision and visionary action that has shaped the District over his 39 years of service. Jim Long was one of those rare individuals who has been happy to remain in the background, letting others, both Board members and staff, receive the accolades even though he has been one of the greatest influences on the growth, direction and success of the Westmont Park District. In 2020 Jim was recognized as the Westmont Citizen of the Year and the Illinois Association of Park Districts Mike Cassidy Outstanding Board Member. As much as Jim loved the Westmont Park District it could not compare to the love and dedication he had for his family. Our hearts and prayers are with Jim and the entire Long family.