OBITUARY

Edward J. Langlois

23 July, 193727 April, 2021

Remembered with Love

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. Ed passed away in his home, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021, at the age of 83.

He is survived by his wife Audrey, children Michelle and Sherry, grandchildren Sean and Genevieve, Brother Leo (Iris), sisters Rena (Bernie), Blanche, Lucille (Alan), and Irene (Michel), and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Marie-Louise and Leonard Langlois, and his sister Antoinette (Hector).

In his early years, in Saskatchewan, Ed foreshadowed his future skills – He went missing at the age of 5, and was found fast asleep under an old washing machine with two wrenches in his hands. In 1940, Leonard, Marie Louise, and family moved from Saskatchewan to Swan Valley. His mother was a school teacher, and Ed went to school in Novra, Mafeking, Bellesite, and Bowsman.

Ed was always industrious. As a young adult, he worked as a mechanic, on road construction in Northern Manitoba, and later underground in Thompson as a hard rock miner. Eventually, he moved to Winnipeg. One of the first places he worked was at Norm Mitchell’s Nairn Esso, which was when he met Audrey. They fell in love and got married in ’63, and later had two wonderful daughters. Norm sold his garage, and Ed changed jobs to Gateway Publishing. The family moved to Fort Richmond in ‘69, and remained in that area. After his time in the publishing business, he worked as an automotive technician for a number of Ford dealerships in Winnipeg, for over 35 years, making many friends along the way. He provided his daughters with a constant flow of cars, and was always there to help when they had mechanical failings of any sort. He made sure to remind them to buy Ford products only! He also stepped in occasionally with what he called his “bach cooking”. He didn’t have many specialties, but what he did make was always amazing! Perfect Denver sandwiches were a favourite meal.

In time, Ed joined Old Timer’s Hockey, and enjoyed the friendship of his teammates. Ed was a man of many talents and skills. Among his abilities: artist, carpenter, stellar automotive technician, hunter, fisher, and hockey player. He could fix almost anything! He also enjoyed nature and wildlife, and his season tickets to the WHA Jets and Bombers, which he had for many years. Another favourite activity was listening to fiddle music, and attending many of the Festival du Voyageur fiddle events.

Ed took his family on wonderful vacations, including going to the family cottage. He built a motorhome out of a Bluebird school bus, and travelled across Canada from one end to the other. He also went to Nashville and Memphis with Audrey. In his later years, he didn’t enjoy travelling as much, but still went to his beloved fall suppers in Bowsman, and coffee house jamborees in Bellesite, often with his brother Leo.

When his grandchildren came, they gave him much joy. When they were little, he loved nothing better than to teach them how to drive in the battery powered jeep that he refurbished for them.

Ed will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Livestreamed service will take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm, available on the Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home Facebook page. You may follow this link to view it: https://youtu.be/emswNR4NUIc

Donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.

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Pat Leung

5 May 2021

Audrey, I was happy to be able to view the service. So many memories from the early 1960,s until now came flooding back. Cherish all the wonderful memories you and the family have.

Irene Gagnon

3 May 2021

I'm Irene, Ed's younger sister. I would like to share a few of my fondest memories of my idol , my big brother.

At a young age on the farm, Ed would build me cars, which I got to test out going down the hill. He built tree houses where I was too scared to come down from, he carried me down on his back. When he babysat me and we would lie in bed at night listening to the coyotes.

In Bowsman, he would send me to the Rexall drug store to get him some Dippity Do hair gel for his ducktail hairstyle . I got to part his ducktail with the tail comb . My reward was ten cents worth of candy, ok ,maybe twenty-five cents worth.

I remember his cool cars, riding around with him. The times in our living room with him playing violin or guitar and a rigged apparatus to hold his mouth organ. He was a one man band. We would spend Sundays collecting bottles from around the grain elevators. Once he encourage me to jump off the grain elevators ramp. He said I'll catch you.... I went through his arms knocking myself out. He carried me home, sick with worry. I was told later he stayed awake, checking on me during the night.

Later in life he was always there for me , a place to stay if need be. He was always my big brother . He will be missed.

To Audrey, Michelle ,Sherry and grandchildren , Mike and I are so sorry for your loss. Our memory of him will always remain !

Karen Chopp

2 May 2021

Ed was a good friend of my father, Bob Chopp. I have many fond memories of Ed and my dad together packing or unpacking the camper to go hunting or fishing. Ed always seemed to be happy and so interested in how we all were. He was a good friend and my dad will miss him and their phone calls. Sorry for your loss. ~ Karen

Lynn Hall

1 May 2021

I’m Lynn Hall (nee Foster) growing up in Swan River now living in Winnipeg, Doug Foster’s youngest sister, it was so great to know Ed here and there, he would keep us in touch with the valley news at times, so friendly. My brother Doug will miss him dearly. RIP Ed.

Darlene Lambert

30 April 2021

Dear Audrey,

I am so sorry you have lost your beloved Ed. Mom has kept me informed of the progression of his illness and while it was expected, it was still a shock when she told me of his death. I hope you can take some comfort that Ed left this world on his terms, at home with you, and that he is no longer suffering. I extend to you my heart-felt condolences and sympathy.

I have many good memories of Ed when he was working at my dad’s garage and at Gateway Publishing so many years ago. He was always such a tall, calm presence, at times quite funny, and he was such a good friend to the Mitchell family. It was so lovely to meet up with the two of you at Matthew’s wedding a few years ago. You were still the lovely couple I remembered from my youth.

I know you will miss Ed terribly and I do hope all your good memories will ease your pain as you grieve. All the best to you and your ‘girls’ and the rest of the family.

With much love and hugs,
Darlene Mitchell Lambert
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