Dec. 31 2019 12:28 AM

22 December 2019

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Born to John and Josephine Patrucco Longo, Lou lived his whole life in Glastonbury, Conn. and what a life it was! Distinguished dairy farmer, milk marketing leader, he was also an author, inventor and entrepreneur. A man of many parts, Lou was first and foremost a visionary businessman who for 35 years organized and led to the eventual consolidation of 10 cooperatives of dairy farmers in New England into one of the largest milk marketing cooperatives in New England. Lou owned and operated a milk hauling business for 42 years without missing a day of pickup. He previously owned Minnechaug farms, a 300 cow dairy, which he passed down to his sons, and now has been preserved as open land. He authored a regular column for 12 years in Hoard’s Dairyman, “The Business Side of Dairying” and wrote “The Pursuit of Profit”, a book still used as a reference by farmers today. Lou held a patent for a cattle magnet used for the prevention of hardware disease in dairy cattle. Lou was proud to be called a dairy farmer! His industry leadership was recognized by many associations and boards that he served on: Executive Committee of the National Milk Producers Federation, National Dairy Council, Board of Directors at Glastonbury Bank and Trust, Glastonbury Town Planning and Zoning; and the numerous awards he received. On the national level, he served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on foreign trade under Ronald Regan’s administration and was inducted in 2005 into the dairy industries ‘hall of fame’, known as the “National Dairy Shrine”. Lou got a laugh, as a farmer, at being named in the Hartford Courant’s 1986 Celebrity Register of 350 Connecticut celebrities. Locally Lou was known for his great vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and giant tomatoes. Lou leaves his loving wife of 21 years, Kathleen Longo; his sons, Louis Jr. (predeceased), Michael, and Paul; his daughters, Beatrice, Margaret, and Joan. He also leaves nine loving and caring stepchildren, 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. Lou lived a full life doing for others. In lieu of flowers, he would want you to spend time doing for others as well.