Arthur C. (Charlie Boom) Long, Jr., 63, of Jefferson Hills, was born June 3, 1958, in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. He was the beloved son of Arthur and Willie Mae (Jones) Long. He was called home to be with The Lord on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
Boom grew up in Clairton where he attended school at Clairton City Schools from Kindergarten through Graduation in 1976. While in High School Boom played football for the Clairton Bears and was a member of the track team. After graduation Boom worked summers at US Steel Clairton Coke Works while also working as a Security Guard at the Newly Opened Century Three Mall in West Mifflin, PA. Boom attended The University of Pittsburgh from August of 1976 through the end of 1979 with the intention of becoming a Dentist when the realities of life took a hold and he had to leave school and enter the workforce full time. Arthur worked as an Office Worker and worked his way up to Manager at Bell of Pennsylvania (Verizon).
Arthur was an avid sports enthusiast especially following his Beloved Clairton Bears, The Pittsburgh Panthers and the 6 Time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a regular fixture at Bear football games sitting in the Luxury Boxes at Clairton Stadium throughout the years. He was always at Bear practices and games with his grandson Elliot teaching him the game he loved. He vigorously followed the Pitt Panthers both on the gridiron and the hardcourt. He was a Huge Pittsburgh Steeler fan attending training camp several summers. Boom regularly took his younger brothers to Pitt games, training camp and other sporting events around the Tri-State Area. He enjoyed being a Big Brother thoroughly, while working at Clairton Coke Works he used to give his younger siblings a weekly allowance. He was also famous for taking his younger nephews, cousins and neighborhood kids to different sporting events around the Tri-State area to help foster a love of sports as they grew up. Prior to becoming ill Boom would regularly travel with family and friends to Jazz festivals and other musical events.
Arthur took great pride in his children, daughters Virginia, Tianna, his son Arthur III and grandson Elliot. He had Elliot involved in youth football at an early age down at the Clairton ballfield teaching him the game he loved, football.
Arthur is survived by his daughters, Virginia Wright of South Park; Tianna Jamison of Clairton and Arthur C. Long III of McKeesport, Grandson Elliot Wright, his parents; four brothers, Kelvin Long of Cleveland, OH, Thomas Long of Jefferson Hills, George (Carmella) Long of Houston, TX, Armand Long of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Theresa Long of Jefferson Hills, Mary Lee Long-Bowman of Cincinnati, OH; Special Brother Gregory Kelly and Cousin Cynthia D. (TT) Long; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his Grandparents George Long and Annie Mae Casby, and Alex and Virginia Jones and brother Allison Walker.