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LONGWORTH, George Alfred

September 28, 1920- Lambton Mills, ON
September 24, 2013 – Calgary, AB

George Alfred (Alf) Longworth passed gently away at the age of 92 years on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in the Calgary Foothills Hospital, in the caring presence of his family.

Alf Longworth was born in Lambton Mills, Ontario on September 28th, 1920. He was predeceased by: his parents Herbert Simms Longworth I and Edith Mary Longworth (Cuming); brothers Herbert and Richard; and sisters Marjorie, Winnie, Doris, Hilda and Mildred. Alf attended Grade school in Ontario then entered the armed forces in 1943 where he spent 3 years as Instructor at Camp Borden, Ontario. He retired from the force in 1946 and registered in the Forestry program at University of B.C. in 1947. He married his sweetheart, Kathleen Lawrence (Anderson) on September 9th, 1949 and graduated with a B.Sc. in Forestry from U.B.C. in 1952. For the next 25 years Alf saw a lot of the B.C. and Alberta forests and during those years he was Superintendent of Forests at Rocky Mountain House, Blairmore and Peace River. He loved to fish; golf; umpire and play ball; play, coach and referee hockey and curl. He also loved nature and spent many hours tending his beautiful flower garden. Alf retired in 1977 and he and Kathleen travelled to a number of places including Hawaii, Australia and England where he researched his roots and wrote a book about his family tree and life experiences… a legacy that his family will hold dear.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years Kathleen, his daughter Maureen Dufort (Don), his son Herbert (Marg), his son James (Donna) and his daughter Joanne Canape (Robert); granddaughters Lauren, Jaclyn, Stephanie, Kaitlyn, Andrea, Meghan; grandsons Bryan, Shawn and great-grand children Declan and Brynnlee.

The family will hold a private celebration of Alf’s life before scattering his ashes in the foothills of Alberta which he loved and held stewardship over for so many years. The family wishes to thank staff at the Carewest Colonel Belcher Care Centre and the Foothills hospital for their dedicated care of Alf. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Alf’s favorites were World Wildlife Fund and the Calgary Zoo.

In living memory of Alf Longworth, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. What a wonderful life to celebrate! My condolences to all.

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  2. Stephanie Longworth :

    A wonderful man and grandpa who was deeply loved.

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  3. Andrea Longworth :

    Grandpa was special in so many ways, and I can see so many of his wonderful attributes reflected in all of his children and grandchildren. From his love of animals, and his musical talents, to his witty sense of humor that always kept us smiling. I wish I could be there to celebrate his wonderful life with the family but I am sending all my love and am keeping him and all of you in my heart and thoughts.

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  4. Brenda Savage :

    I was so very sad to hear of Uncle Alf’s passing. I always loved to see Uncle Alf and Aunt Kay when they came to Toronto. I will always remember him breaking into song, and his wonderful smile. I have pictures of Uncle Alf and Aunt Kay cuddled up with Kristy and Jen and I know we had wanted to come out to Alberta to visit with them. Unfortunately it never happened. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. I was very proud to be his niece-in-law

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  5. Fin and Burt Sellick :

    Fin and I are extremely grateful to Joanne, your youngest daughter, for notifying us of the passing of your beloved Husband “Al”,
    who was a classmate of mine for four years, 1948 – 1952, in the Bachelor of Science Program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver BC.

    Following our graduation in 1952, we all scattered to various jobs, positions, and ultimately retirement !!!
    It seems that our careers were soon over, and we entered years of retirement during which we contributed in various ways,
    within our family, and in our community.

    We are blessed in having friends, Gert and Carmen Roberts, who still live in Calgary at 48 Canyon Drive, a ten minute drive from your home,
    and you will recall that we often visited you and Al over coffee and sweets which we ALWAYS ENJOYED !!!

    We have very vivid memories of Al’s great sense of humour and of the masterful creation of a most marvelous “Family History” which you,
    and your children and your grandchildren will treasure in the years to come. What a Legacy !!!

    Alf, always known to me as “Al” was a very Special Gentleman, and a “Gentle” Man.

    He excelled in his Career in many ways and was highly-regarded by his peers.

    You, Kay and all your Family, have been blessed to have him in your life …… and Al has been blessed over and over, throughout his life
    by your Patience and Love and the Love of his Family.

    If we return to Calgary to visit our friends, we will most certainly call you and have another visit over coffee and sweets !!!!

    May God Bless you in the years before you.

    Blessings and Love,

    Fin and Burt Sellick

    PS. We have notified three of our classmates from the B.S.F. Class of 1952.
    Blake Dickens, Duncan BC; Dick and Paul Jones in Vancouver.

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  6. Liz & Dougald McLardy :

    Dear Aunt Kay and family,

    We are saddened by the loss of Uncle Alf. He was full of life, adventure and stories. We have fond memories of sitting around the table playing cards and sampling his fruit wine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Liz and Dougal

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  7. Kevin Longworth :

    I’ll always remember Uncle Alf and my dad talking about their early years in Toronto. He was a good man. He was here when my father had a stroke, trying to comfort the family.

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  8. Georgia Scotter (Marlene Rudichuk) :

    Our sincere condolences to all of Uncle Alf’s family. Losing a loved one teaches us about the wonderful experience of life and love. May the Lord bless you all in time of need.

    Uncle Alf held the respect and love of all who really knew him. His dedication to coordinate and have published the “Family Longworth” for the generations to follow us will forever be remembered. May his legacy carry on in his memory. My husband, Andrew, and I enjoyed spending time with Uncle Alf and Auntie Kay which I hope will always remain with us. There was always a smile and a chuckle to be had. Thanks Uncle Alf! We will miss you.
    Your niece,

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