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.Print This Obituary & Condolences