Edward Langkamer

September 17, 1924 – June 12, 2022
In loving memory ~
Sadly, Ed left us on Sunday, June 12th, 2022 close to his 98th birthday. Ed was born in Humboldt, SK, the second child of Peter Langkamer and Theresa Pollries. He had pleasant memories of this prairie town where he grew up among a large extended family. Ed started his working life as a delivery boy for the general store and told of delivering 100lb sacs of flour on his bicycle, and in the wintertime, with a horse and sleigh. In 1943, the family relocated to British Columbia and settled in Youbou. They were among the families living in float homes on Cowichan Lake near the Mill. This is where he apprenticed and learned his trade as a machinist. When they moved down to Victoria, Ed got a job at the Dockyard, in the Weapons Shop, as a machinist fitter. After many years of service, he retired from HMC Dockyard in Esquimalt in 1985. Ed always had an interest in sports. As a young man, and well into his adulthood, he played hockey and softball, playing defense for the Youbou Bruins and first base for the Youbou Wolves.
As a wise older brother, his siblings looked up to Ed. His help and advice were always available. Ed gave many years of service to his church. He was a founding member of the parish of St. Joseph the Worker in Victoria. He served on various committees, including the finance committee, and in 1979, he received the Bishop’s Service Medal. Looking out for his fellow workers, all his working life he was active in his trade union, usually serving in an executive capacity and was once president of the Dockyard Trades and Labour Council. In retirement he and Lea traveled, sometimes on cruises to warmer climates and other times more adventurous trips; a cruise to five islands in Indonesia, a cruise across the North Atlantic, including Greenland and a tour of some Jesuit projects in India. An important part of their retirement was when Ed and Lea returned to the Cowichan Valley. They had a small house built on their property on the river where they spent many happy years enjoying the natural beauty, which they called The Cabin. The Cabin became central to the whole family as a place of rest, relaxation, and special times together.
Edward is survived by Lea, his wife of 42 years; son Ryan (Jennifer); grandchildren: Ruairi (Catherine), Alicia (Fred), and Shauna; Lea’s children: Greg (Debbie) Powers, Teresa (Darrin), Gail Hazard, Linda (Kevin); grandchildren: Chris (Kirsten) Powers, Kurtis (Marnie) Powers, Kelsey (Jessie) Powers, Cory Powers, Scott Hazard, James (Tara) Derkson, Joel Wiersma, and Laura Wiersma; and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bernie and sister-in-law Marianne; sister-in-law June Langkamer; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. Ed was predeceased by his first wife Gladys; daughter Anne; brothers: Alfred and Norbert; sisters: Evelyn and Delores.
A Funeral Mass was Celebrated on Monday, June 20, 2022 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, Duncan, BC. Those wishing to view the Live Stream Service may use the following link: https://funeraweb.tv/en/diffusions/55565
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