My Dad. Harry Langford, Sr.

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ORDER OF SERVICE

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

Video Tribute
Special Music – –  Luke and Dan Matsuda

Family Remembrances  –  Laura, Joanne, Harry & Victoria

EulogyPete Fehr & Allan Hays

Congregational Hymn“When We All Get To Heaven”
MessageJohn Martens

Lord’s Prayer – Recite together

Recessional Hymn“In The Garden”

Pallbearers

Melissa Newbery

Sarah Guenther

Debbie Langford

Sandra Neufeld

Deanna Bertrand

Rebecca Piper

Brenda Matsuda

Melanie Langford

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

*Joanne Langford

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

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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

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*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!

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Slide Presentation from Dad’s Service – by Joanne

 

 

 

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Being Happy Requires Some Clear Decisions.

Happiness is a choice.  Being pleasant is a choice.

     How I feel inside, is mine to deal with.  How I project to

others is my choice.  I have days and times when I do

not feel just tickety-boo.  But, I do not choose to dump

my feelings and situation on everyone’s plate.

     I do find appropriate ways to share and process those things,

and thereby grow in my maturity through these events.

Life brings all kinds of opportunity to learn and grow and it is

not always in fun stuff.

Still, choose to be a student and ask ~  What CAN I learn?

What HAVE I learned?  What will I do differently?

     I ask God frequently when things are tough, “Please don’t waste

any of this suffering.”  There is a cost to developing capable-ness and

cope-ability.   Be willing to pay the price.  It is so worth it. Go the

journey, and never give up knowing that you are ‘IN PROCESS’  that

there is a positive outcome for you ~ as life is worked through with God,

knowing that all things will turn out for good.  It is our FAITH that puts

it in action.

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mkmma – wk 23 – On the road again!

     Such a joy to be with my brother and his wife.   We have nearly lost this dear man a couple of times.   

     He has no functioning kidney and is totally dependent on a dialysis machine.  Thank God for it.   It and its’ components take up half a bedroom, a storage closet, shelves, drawers, water piped into and drained out of the bedroom via the machine’s systems.   It takes an hour to set up at night and an hour to clean up in the morning.   He explained how it works (which is amazing). It cleans his blood while he sleeps.  It is equipped with at least 30 monitoring and signaling for its’ systems, and should the power go off, there is a hand crank that can be used to complete the process to that point, with everything  to and from his body in the exact way before allowing it to shut down.

     My sister-in-law has been through the knothole backwards with these health issues of my brothers.  I appreciate both of them more than I can say.  No flowery beds of ease for them.  BUT a wonderful acceptance of what is and a teamwork spirit of  doing whatever it takes.  I am blessed to see this in action.  

     These things are the real stuff of life.   Life and death.  In spite of that there is a way in which you would not know this was all going on.  A warm welcome to folks who drop in, plans and already planting seedlings for the garden,  the joy of the ‘kids coming home’ and a turkey dinner to visit me and celebrate a son’s birthday.

     LIFE IS ALWAYS PRECIOUS.  LIVING LIFE WELL, NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON.  SO ENCOURAGING TO SEE.  MAKES ME WANT TO LIVE WITH MORE SERVICE TO OTHERS, LOVE WITHOUT MEASURE, THE TIME IS SHORT,  SPEAK WHEN IT WOULD BE WISE, HELPFUL OR CREATE SAFETY TO DO SO.   I want to have a tender heart for those hurting, and reach out without thought of myself.   LIVE A DAZZLING LIFE!!

     Always remembering I/We have this gift of life for a time.  It does have an expiration date.  Look up.  Seek God and His purpose for you.  Find your gift and then give it away someone said.

     We are a kidney, or a heart, or liver, or pain or disease away from our world being turned upsidedown.  WE are Fearfully and Wonderfully made according to the Great Architect.  So Enjoy the Wonder of You and those you come into contact with, NO MATTER YOUR SITUATION.  

HOW CAN YOU LIVE EXPONENTIALLY??

Hen and Little Furry ones!

MKMMA – Wk. 22? Joy comes in the Morning.

Psalm 30 ~ Verse 5.  

“Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy comes in the morning.”

     So to be frank, it’s been a tough couple of  months.  A great deal of loss and tears.  And I’m a person of faith.  This journey here is not the end.  We have eternity ahead.  Thank God because the suffering ends at the departure from this planet!  Real everlasting life starts then.  This is a truth that cannot be disputed no matter what ‘persuasion’ you ascribe to.  And even so, it is very hard to say goodbye.  My three persons whom I cared very much for, had an END to their suffering in this old world.  My Pet Piggie’s pain ended as she left us.  Again I say, thank goodness.  To live forever in agony could not be borne.  Nor to watch it.

     This week, is a new page turned.  I must be about my life.  One lovely thing that is happening, and part of my DMP, is that my book, “This Little Piggie Came Home!” is almost ready to publish.  It is exciting to me.  My first DMP Draft did NOT have a book in it.  Thanks to the MKMMA course and the ‘frustrating’ persistence of my Coach, who kept ‘motivating’ me until I burst through into my real Definite Major Purpose, and THERE WAS WRITING standing there waving its’ hand!

     So here is the cycle of life, the positive continuation of my life and its’ process and purpose.  Living and dying is all part of the picture.  It was my privilege to be with my friends in their home stretch.  It is my privilege and pleasure to pursue my purpose and path as my life cycles on.  For now.  What a happy thing!   May I bless, help and encourage others as I go and when I’m in the Home stretch and can see my Crown down ahead, I will rejoice.

     In the meantime,  may my pen carry my love and Joy of Life to people and make a difference in this world!   You too, were created with tremendous potential, wrapped  up in unique gifting.  Go for it!!  Seek it,  acknowledge it.  Own it.  Go For It!   12729396_984319724981305_3142010173832935252_n

Concrete road

Concrete road in a green spring field

 

 

New Success Highway!

All quotes from Og Mandino’s book, “The Greatest Salesman in the World”,

“Failure, like pain, is alien to my life. Not enjoyed! ~ (my addition)  In the past I accepted it as I accepted pain.  Now I reject it and I am prepared for wisdom and principles which will guide me out of the shadows into the sunlight…”

Accepted Failure.  We must accept that which has happened, where we intended something else and it didn’t work so well.  But if I slide into accepting less than I am capable of, or resist pushing through to a successful completion, that keeps me in a rut.  I want to do whatever is necessary to success.

Now I am learning I must push myself to find out what is my purpose in life.  What am I here for? Who am I meant to be?  What am I to do in this later leg of my life?  “Time teaches all things to him who lives forever but I have not the luxury of eternity…I must practice the art of patience…Failure is man’s inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be.”

And that has been my frustration.  I have not been clear on what my goals for life are.  Therefore my life has been a collection of ‘stabbing in the dark’ experiences which have brought periods of satisfaction, but have not expressed what my core, gut, soul purpose is.  Make no mistake, I have enjoyed many successes and happy events in life and do to this day,

But, seasons move on and vistas change, and it’s time.  There are now words to express my core needs.  One is to leave a Legacy.  The other is for Recognition for Creative Expression.  I have known this about myself.  My journey now, is the HOW of it.  I am trusting that will unfold as I pursue the course of discipline and learning I am on.   Bring it on, Baby!!

ATTITUDE not APTITUDE!

ATTITUDE not APTITUDE!”