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Arthur Jay Langstaff


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Arthur Jay Langstaff Obituary
In the peacefulness of early morning sleep, Arthur Jay Langstaff passed away on March 26, 2011 due to a cardiac event at the young age of 43. "Jay" was born in Redondo Beach, CA on October 19, 1967 to Arthur and Charlotte Langstaff. His childhood was spent in Manhattan Beach. He attended Pacific Elementary, Center Jr. High and graduated from Mira Costa High School in 1985. The family attended St. Cross Episcopal Church in Hermosa Beach. He played soccer and basketball. It was in the tall, lanky growing years of high school that he received his first nickname, Baby Huey, the big hearted, compassionate, "do anything for you" kind of friend. His second was Jaybird, the gentle, happy soul who always wanted to lift your spirits. (His favorite song was Freebird). Jay lived his entire life in the South Bay Area and was known by many because of his zest for life. When you met Jay you learned how to laugh! You had a friend for life and you were going to meet people. He loved to help organize and promote large social gatherings- never forgetting the music or food. Jay especially enjoyed trips to the Colorado River with sister-in-law, Kim (then) Morrison and the clan of South Bay Friends. Jay often considered it his duty to make people laugh, either with his own personal antics or a good joke. He had an innate sense of people, understanding those in all walks of life. It is of no surprise the amount of friends he made. Though financial wealth was never to befall on Jay, it was okay, for his true riches were found in friendship. Jay was a member of the South Bay Alano Club and TLC. Some members have shared that his encouragement, support and relentless persuasion to enjoy life contributed to the success of their sobriety. Family was everything to Jay. He was ferociously proud of his nieces and nephews and took his bragging rights seriously when it came to their accomplishments. The loss of his father and mother were very difficult. He looked forward to his check-in texts with Sister Deb, phone calls to Uncle Ron Ausmus (Gerry) in San Diego and Uncle Dan (Kim) Ausmus in MA. Jay was predeceased by his father, Arthur Joseph Langstaff and his mother, Charlotte Louise Langstaff; godfather, Vernon Wages; close family friends William, Ruth and Bill Thomas. Jay is survived by sister, Debbie (Barry) Thomas; nephew, Alex (Christy) Justi of FL; nephew, Phillip Thomas of Las Vegas; sister, Christina (Craig) Morrison; nephew, Colby Morrison of Camarillo, CA; nephew, Corey Morrison of Charlotte, NC; sister, Sheila (Alan) Kawasaki; nieces, Ashley and Paulina Kawasaki of Torrance, CA; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; godmother, Lois Wages; close family friends, Jean, Beverly and Nicole Flemion of Thousand Oaks, CA; girlfriend, Gindee Radomski; dear friend, Michael Collins; and many friends, some of which have shared fun memories on Facebook, thank you David Abowitt. Jay had a childlike optimism, and even during the toughest times, things were going to get better. And they did, at the time of his passing; Jay was doing very well and was quite happy. The family would like to acknowledge the support staff at Choices of Long Beach. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. William Kim and his office staff for their compassion and care. Dr Kim, you were much more than his PMD, you were a confidant, and he thought of you 'as family'. A celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Delzano's in Redondo Beach. Memorial Service will be Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Redondo Beach, CA. Reception following. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
"If I leave here tomorrow ~ Would you still remember me?" 
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 6, 2011
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