Sonny Long Remembered as Ambitious Entrepreneur & Father
After a valiant battle against cancer, Clyde “Sonny” Long, son of Long Fence's original founder Tots Long and brother of Bob Long, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Sonny was an ambitious entrepreneur who, with the help of his sons Bobby and Tim Long and a loyal, dedicated team, built a $60 million+ enterprise, positively impacted the fence industry and touched countless lives.
In 1976, Sonny founded SONCO Fence in Bladensburg, Maryland, as a wholesale distributor of fence products in the Mid-Atlantic. Over time, he expanded into chain link production, vinyl production, tube distribution, and rental fence. Sonny accomplished all this while maintaining his “good old boy” smile and sense of humor and actively serving the fence industry and his community.
Sonny lived a long, full and meaningful life. He served as a Chain Link Fence Manufacturers Institute (CLFMI) Past President, Chairman of the CLFMI Government Relations Committee, and contributor to the “Between Fences” exhibit at the National Building Museum. Sonny brought much of the current industry into PG County during his tenure as First Chairman of the Prince George’s County Economic Development Committee, and he served his community with distinction through active associations with the Kiwanis Club, the March of Dimes and the Salvation Army.
Today, Sonny's legacy carries on through his family and the SONCO (Sonny's Company) family of companies—SONCO Event & Construction Rentals, SONCO Crowd Control Store, SONCO Tube, and SONCO Worldwide, Inc. Our rental offices in Maryland, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and North Carolina serve most of the eastern US, and we have sales offices in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, and California.
SONCO Worldwide mourns the passing of our founder, fence industry veteran Clyde “Sonny” Long. Sonny will be deeply missed by his family, friends and colleagues. We are grateful to have been a part of his exceptional life.
In remembrance of Sonny, the family suggests making a gift to Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in lieu of flowers. All donations will benefit the AAMC DeCesaris Cancer Institute. You can make donations online at www.give.aahs.org/sonny or send gifts to:
2001 Medical Parkway, Belcher Suite 604
Annapolis, Maryland 21401