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ALAN FRANCIS LANGDALE (published on February 24, 2009)



ALAN FRANCIS LANGDALE October 11, 1937 - February 19, 2009 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father Alan Langdale, aged 71, on February 19, 2009. Al is predeceased by his parents Fred and Doris, brother Donnie, stepmother Doris, in-laws George and Ilya Barlow and brother-in-law Earle Barlow. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Gail of 47 years; daughter Nicole (grand-dog Kuma); son Shane; and sister-in-law Gwen (Ken) Knight and family. Al had the most amazing and unique sense of humour. His gift of storytelling was legendary and was enjoyed by all who met him. It was one of his most endearing qualities and will especially be missed. Al also had an incredible sense of adventure. This led him to join the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He was extremely proud of the three years he served, and in particular, his time as a paratrooper stationed in Germany. In 1961 Al married his longtime sweetheart and soul mate Gail Barlow. Shortly after, he started Al's Gunsmithing on Lorette Avenue and later on Academy Road. In 1975 Al together with Hans Thieme started Hydra-Bore Machine Ltd. Al had an amazing talent for visualizing how to build something from even the simplest of drawings. In his 30 years with Hydra Bore, Al's reputation as a skilled and creative machinist grew and he was much sought after in the city. In 2005 Al decided to become a retired gentleman . This lasted for only a year as he was headhunted at the young age of 68 and enticed back to work for Anything Custom. A special thank you to the Walkoski family and Anything Custom staff for their friendship of Al and for affording him the opportunity to do what he loved so much. Al was immensely proud of both of his children and their various accomplishments. He was a strong supporter of his son during his many years on the motocross circuit. Big Al could always be found in the pits, cheering from the sidelines or even on the finish line waving the checkered flag. The two shared a love of the sport and were able to spend many years changing tires together. His adventurous side inspired his daughter to travel internationally and eventually live overseas. Al was able to visit her in Japan and was so inspired by his trip that he designed a Japanese garden for his backyard to remind him of his time there. In recent years, they enjoyed building agility equipment together for Kuma. Al and his wife shared a love of gardening and every year looked forward to designing and enjoying their yard. It was a great sense of pride and joy for both of them and many hours were spent in their yard bird watching amongst the flowers. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Joel Gingerich and that special ray of sunshine, Cheryl Greaves. Your honesty and amazing support has been immensely appreciated. The family would also like to extend their thanks to Dr. Robin McClure, the staff at Riverview Health Centre and the Palliative Care staff for their kindness and support. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of their choice. Cremation has taken place and at Al's request, no service will be held. Goodbye Big Al - we love you


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