It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald Langtry (age 83) announces his passing on May 29, 2021 with his wife of 60 years by his side. Gerald was born to Ben and Minnie Langtry on May 8, 1938 and lived his entire life in Fort Frances.
Gerald married the love of his life Laurel Carmody on August 27, 1960. Gerald and Laurel had three children and were blessed that they all remained in Fort Frances as adults and raised their families in the same town. Gerald worked for Abitibi Consolidated prior to his retirement in the spring of 1996.
Gerald adored his family and they meant the world to him. He attended every birthday, special occasion, hockey/baseball/soccer game, dance recital, wedding and life event. When it came to his family, just the mention of them and their accomplishments would make him smile and you could see the pride in his eyes. Gerald had a witty sense of humour and his silly jokes brought so much laughter to the room, which made our family gatherings a lot of fun. Gerald was an amazing husband, father and grandfather and will be missed dearly by his family.
Gerald liked to tinker in his shop (he could fix anything). He also loved to spend time at his cabin on Hook Island on Rainy Lake, that he fittingly named LAUGER Bay. He especially enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandson and their little side bets for who caught the most fish and the biggest. Gerald had a special relationship with his daughter and their love for antiques, which made for many hours of conversations and reminiscing. He appreciated his coffee time at the Dairy Queen and shooting pool at the Sister Kennedy Centre with his buddies. Gerald enjoyed going for truck rides every night with Laurel to search for deer and would often stop at the Sorting Gap Marina to have an ice cream and watch the boats go by.
Gerald was a very humble man. He was an incredible listener and he shared his insightful wisdom quietly with integrity and calmness, and he valued the opinions of others. He was a kind and selfless man and although his health deteriorated over the years, he fought hard and did not complain. He never wanted his family to worry.
Gerald is survived by his wife Laurel; daughter Sandy (Paul); and sons Mel (Tana) and Pat (Jenn). Gerald is also survived by his grandchildren Donny, Jodi (Dylan), Taylor (Graeme), Robyn (James), Jillian (George) and Kelsey; and one great-granddaughter Laney. Gerald also leaves behind brother-in-law Glenn (Judy) Carmody; and sisters–in- law Patsy (Fred) Boustead and Bonnie Magne; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Ben and Minnie Langtry; and sisters Audrey (Elgin) Thomson and Val (Herb) Henry.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no funeral service. Cremation has taken place. Interment will take place privately at Riverside Cemetery in Fort Frances at a later date.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to:
The Ontario Lung Association
c/o Green Funeral Home
P.O. Box 427
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M8