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Hetherington & Deans Funeral Chapel

5176 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON

OBITUARY

Edward James Longhouse

October 15, 1935September 9, 2019
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Ed was born in a Red Cross Outpost in Loon Lake, Saskatchewan on October 15, 1935, weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces. His father was charged $25 for the delivery of which $15 was paid. Ed joined seven older siblings on a Makawa, Saskatchewan homestead and a younger sister would follow a few years later. He spent the first years of his life there before the family packed up their worldly belongings and headed east to his father’s boyhood home of Woodbridge, Ontario.

Ed passed away on September 9th in Niagara Falls, just one month shy of his 84th birthday. He is predeceased by his parents Julia and Gordon Longhouse and siblings: Zelma Stonehouse, Phyllis Coulton, Muriel Brownlee, Dan, Jack, Bill and Bob. He is survived by his sister, Doreen Bryson and his children: Gordon (Shireena) of Melbourne, Australia, Blair (Jenny) of Springford, Lisa De Angelis (William) of Burlington and David of Niagara Falls as well as his grandchildren: Joel, Alex, Claire, Ryan, Andrew, Lily, Elliot and Stephanie. He is loved by his extended family which included many life-long friends.

While his final years were spent in Niagara Region, a part of his soul will always remain in Red Lake. It was in that remote northern community that he would spend many hours ice fishing and moose hunting with his second father, ‘Uncle Mike’. Now they are together once again, likely making sausage.

Ed could never sit still, he was always working. Whether it was building a spit for one of his famous BBQs, planning a family reunion or building a community, Ed was happiest when he had a project. Some of his projects are unfinished but he rests in peace knowing that others will carry on his legacy. It was time to pass the torch and he left this world as he lived his life, on his own terms.

The family will receive visitors at HETHERINGTON AND DEANS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5176 Victoria Ave. Niagara Falls on Saturday, Sept 14 from 1-3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Salvation Army of Niagara Falls, Ontario

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Cremation

Memories

Edward James Longhouse

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Shireena Chung

September 17, 2019

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September 17, 2019

Shanelle McCarthy

September 15, 2019

Shanelle McCarthy

September 14, 2019

Bronwyn Longhouse

September 13, 2019

Bronwyn Longhouse

September 13, 2019

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Biography

Re-Incarnation of Sam McGee

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
by the men up in Red Lake
the old bush trails have their secret tales
that would set your blood to bake
the Northern Lights have seen queer sights
but the queerest they did see
was that night on the shore, I did explore
the return of Sam McGee.

Now on the shores of Old Red Lake
the story can finally be told,
how Sam McGee from Tennessee
returned to this God damned cold.

T’was on October day in 35
the 15th I was told
the screams and yells in Woodbridge Dell
did make your blood run cold.

Some say it was just a baby’s cry but old folks disagree
they say that the screaming had very deep meaning
T’was the return of Sam McGee.

RE-Incarnation is seldom talked about
it’s nothing to be scorn
but to come from a fiery bed back as our old friend Ed
is something for Sam to mourn.

Unlike McGee, Longhouse you see
stayed south where it’s nice and hot
built a huge plaza there for people everywhere
and the mayor thanks Ed quite a lot.

From there he went north to the Bala Bay Inn
too beautiful a place to behold
the renovations there caused Ed quite a scare
and his hair disappeared I was told.

So then he went north to Red Lake you see
and the rest of the story unfolds
the barbeque spit is just a cover up bit
that keeps Sam McGee from the cold.

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
by the mend up in Red Lake
the old bush trails have their secret tales that would set your blood to bake
T’was an October night, 49 short years later
the 15th again so I see
when friends get together regardless of weather
to roast Ed Longhouse McGee.