Processional – “It Is Well With My Soul” (Recorded Music) – One of Dad’s favorite Hymns.
Opening, Welcome & Prayer
Congregational Hymn – “The Old Rugged Cross”
*Slide Show at conclusion of post
Special Music – – Luke and Dan Matsuda
Family Remembrances – Laura, Joanne, Harry & Victoria
Eulogy – Pete Fehr & Allan Hays
Congregational Hymn –“When We All Get To Heaven”
Message – John Martens
Lord’s Prayer – Recite together
Recessional Hymn – “In The Garden”
The immediate family will be going to the graveside directly after the service. Please make your way to the Warman Senior Drop In Center, Peter St., Waman (right behind Warman Gospel Church). We will meet you there.
Harry and Jean Langford’s Legacy
*Jim and Laura Matsuda
Luke & Clarissa Matsuda – Andrais, Mattias, Isaiah & Kazuo (V)
Dan & Heather Matsuda – Darian & Anni
Ian & Melissa Newbery – Jane, Katie, Lila & George
Dan and Rebecca Piper – Valerie, James & David
Brenda Matsuda & James Duncan – Aiden, Ethan, James, Noah, Presley, Ryder & Kingston
Guillermo & Ruth Sanabria de Cardona; Chichi & Vania;
Thiago, Fabiana, & Lulu
Karla & Sam; Sofia
Hugo Rojas (V) & Jimmy Rojas (V)
Mario & Noemí Durán de Fernandez – Andy, Esaid & Joanne Julia
Fernando & Martha Salazar de Solíz – Laura
Daniela Joanne Frith; Jenny Serrano & Saul Cabrero – Andres & Estevan
*Harry & Rosie Langford
Jason Langford – Madison, Ashley & Kyle White-McCully
Debbie Langford Real Beaudoin – Jerry, Robbie, Justin & Mercedes
Shawn & Jessica Langford – Kain & Stevie
Melanie Langford & Shane Diggins
*David (V) & Vickie Guenther
Sarah Guenther – Eden & Mya
Kim & Sandy Neufeld – Tyra, Alaria & Kaleb
Scott & Deanna Bertrand – Andrew, Nathanael & Rebecca
We would like to thank each one of you for coming today and supporting us during this time. Your presence and care have helped to lighten the load and to remind us that Dad was not only loved by us but by others also. You have added colour to our otherwise sad day. Thank you.
Vickie, Laura, Harry and Joanne
*As a family we wish to express our deep and heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Oliver Lodge. They cared for our father and treated him with such love and respect.
Words cannot express what that meant and means to us. You all made his last years good ones. With much love and appreciation, Vickie, Laura, Harry and Joanne
*We would also like to thank John Martens and his son Kevin for their friendship to my father and mother and for their care, concern and guidance during this very common but difficult time for us.
How does one say “thank you” adequately? We hope that you understand that this is a deeply felt and much appreciated “thank you”.
Vickie, Laura, Harry and Joanne …………………………………
BULLETIN INSERT — Life Summary
Harry Joseph Langford
March 25, 1925 – March 8, 2019
Harry was born in Malton, Ontario to George Ivo and Marjorie Irene Langford on March 25, 1925. He weighed in at 11.5 pounds and was delivered by his grandma on the kitchen table of the old farm house. He was the middle child with siblings Daisy Marjorie (Mij) Hooper and Ralph Langford.
He was a happy and easy going child who grew up and worked hard on the family farm, even milking a dozen cows before walking to school. At one point he managed 3 farms. He loved to farm, to feel the dirt and see the worms (his measure of good soil) plant, tend, and care for crops from start to finish, revelling in the pleasure of the crop readiness and the harvest. He created beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. He loved his animals too, cows, dogs, pigs. He was kind-hearted and treated them well.
Harry and Jean, married on Oct 12/46, chose to move to Vancouver, BC in 1956, then to the beautiful Cariboo ranching and lumbering area in the interior of BC. They homesteaded 840 acres and turned it from bush into a working ranch. Dad also worked for a lumber company driving logging truck, then trained for and worked as a lumber grader for several years before retirement.
Ranching was hard work, times of joy, and satisfaction and times of deep sorrow. Birth and life cycle lived out day by day, gains and losses.
Sometimes the Cariboo had seemed like a God-forsaken place, but in fact that is the very location where they found a personal relationship with God as did all of us children. They enjoyed being active members in the 100 Mile House Evangelical Free Church, serving the church folk and community at large.
Dad and Mom moved from the ranch in 1992 to a lake view home nearer to 100 Mile House and from there to Saskatchewan in 1996. Soon after moving to Osler, they joined the Osler Community Church and served the Lord there.
Life changed dramatically following our mother’s stroke in 1997. She entered the Sherbrook care facility and resided there for a number of years, departing to glory on Aug 16, 2008. During that time, our father’s commitment to and love for our mother remains a stellar tribute to his character.
Since that time he has resided with Vickie, at times traveling, taking two trips to Bolivia to get to know Joanne’s family, and going back and forth to Ontario to visit the eastern branch of the family tree, and made several trips to BC and Alberta to visit family and friends.
He had a small business which took him to Phoenix, AZ a couple of times. His last home on this planet was in Oliver Lodge. He loved the place and the staff there and was well loved in return. Many thanks to the Oliver lodge staff!
Harry is pre-deceased by his parents, siblings, his wife (Jean), son-in-law David Guenther, Grandsons Hugo and Jimmy Rojas, and Great Grandson Kazuo Matsuda.
He is survived by his children, Laura Matsuda (Jim), Joanne Langford, Harry Langford (Rosario) and Vickie Guenther (DavidV), 19 Grandchildren (VV), 43 Great Grandchildren (V) and 4 Great-great Grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews and their families.
We want to particularly acknowledge our sister Vickie for devoting considerable time over the last four years, attending to Dad’s different needs and visiting him regularly in Oliver Lodge.
Dad was always welcoming and truly glad to see everyone. He was a social guy, empathic with folks and their troubles, ready with a quick, natural humour. He was also a man of prayer. He loved Jesus and prayed fervently that his children, grandchildren and future descendants would serve God fully.
He was aware he was losing ground the last year or so, and accepted that soon he would be going home to Heaven. In the last few months that was his fervent wish, asking why he was left here. Then he would acknowledge that God has a reason, and knows the number of our days. Last week, it was his time to go and he was ready for departure.
If you asked how he was, dad would always say, “Pretty good for an old toot!”
Dad, you were a beautiful man, and now forever you will be young and restored.
We will miss our favourite “Old Toot!
Slide Presentation from Dad’s Service – by Joanne