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LANGSTAFF, Edward Jack
Edward Jack Langstaff (Born: November 20,1940) of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada died on January 1, 2013 at the Heart Institute. Jack (as he was known all his life) was born in Rainy River, Ontario to Jack Langstaff Sr (April 14, 1901 to September 14, 1960) and Jack Sr's second wife Vivian Dorothea Langstaff (nee Krienke) (November 20, 1912 to September 23, 1962). He attended primary and secondary school in Rainy River, Ontario (1946-1958), and St. John's College in Winnipeg, Manitoba (1958-1959) before attending Queen's University from 1959-1968 where he achieved his B.Sc. (Engineering Chemistry with honours), M.Sc. and Ph.D. in synthetic and kinetic organic chemistry. He then received a post doctoral fellowship to study at the University of New South Wales (1967-1968). While studying at Queen's, Jack enjoyed his summer as a towerman in Fort Francis, Ontario (1960) and his time with Dupont, Imperial Oil and Esso Research. He then worked for many years as a senior grade chemistry and physics teacher at Almaguin Highlands, Fellowes and Champlain High Schools where he was affectionately known as "Doc Langstaff." He also took part in an exchange teacher program to Pinjara, Western Australia (1979). Jack was very proud of his achievement of Queen's Scout at age 14 which gave him the opportunity to travel to the Jamboree in Niagara Falls. This began a life-long love of travel and throughout his life he spent time in India, Australia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. He particularly enjoyed snorkelling and scuba diving. He renovated and restored a 19th century farmhouse and designed and built the family home in Cobden, Ontario. He was a fantastic gardener, photographer and videographer. In his later years, Jack became an expert in genealogy, researching the family roots of his grandchildren and contributing to the genealogical community through his website (langstaff.net) and through volunteering at the Ottawa Stake Family History Center. Jack is survived by his wife, Frances Annette Langstaff (nee Longhurst) (South River, September 21, 1943), two children, Sarah Dorthea Langstaff (Pembroke, June 12, 1973) and Rebecca Irene Langstaff (Pembroke, May 12, 1975) (husband: Kevin Paul McKague (Hamilton, February 27, 1968)). He is also survived by three grandchildren, Isaac Langstaff McKague (Toronto, February 4, 2006), Miriam Langstaff McKague (Toronto, May 22, 2008), and Bernadette Langstaff McKague (Toronto, December 21, 2010). He is also survived by his sisters Panetta Dorothea Ruth Jackson (June 25, 1945) and Colleen Lucille Eady (August 5, 1936). He is predeceased by his sister Mary Lorraine Dryden (September 14, 1923 to May 6, 2006) and his two brothers Kenneth James (July 17, 1926 to September 15, 2011) and Patrick Gerald (May 21, 1933 to February 26, 2003). All siblings were born in Rainy River, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (www.ottawaheart.ca). A celebration of Jack's life will take place at his residence (2060 Kingsgrove Crescent, Ottawa, ON) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 3, 2013
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