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In Memory: SEEN Advisory Board Member Tommy Longest

Published January 16, 2019 by

SEEN board of advisory member Tommy Longest volunteered with several organizations in the Metro Detroit community and was a ‘genuine, good man.’

By Mary Meldrum

SEEN lost one of its family members over the holiday season. SEEN board of advisory member Bernell Thomas “Tommy” Longest passed away Dec. 8, 2018. He was 54.

A sharp, vibrant member of our board, Longest attended Detroit Jesuit High School and Benedictine Catholic High School and was a longtime resident of Detroit.

In addition to owning and operating several companies, Longest volunteered on boards such as Detroit CATCH, Henry Ford Community College, Midnight Golf Program and SEEN Magazine. Longest also served as a Distinguished Clown in the annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

Longest made lasting impressions on those he met, and his energy and insight will be missed by the SEEN board and staff.

“When I think of Tommy, all I think of is a genuine, good man,” SEEN Publisher Kevin Browett says. “He was always willing to help, always had a smile for you and a big hug and handshake. He would always stop to say hi when we ran into him, and he was generous with his time and with his kindness. If everyone lived and cared like Tommy did, it would be a great world.”

Longest is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two children.

On behalf of Longest’s SEEN family who have grown to love and respect him during our time together, we send our condolences to his family and friends.

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