Lang, Andrew Edward (Andy)

Andrew Edward “Andy”, beloved husband of Ila, passed away September 9, 2015 at Souris Health Centre at age 86 years.  Andy was born at Coulter, MB on February 8, 1929 to Frank and Ethel Lang in a family of five sons and four daughters.  He was predeceased by his parents, an infant brother Everett, brothers Francis (“Sonny”) and Murray who were killed in World War II, sisters Jean Downey and Dorothy Downey (Coulter, MB), Margaret Greaves (Brandon), Lorraine Richardson (Brandon), brothers-in-law Louis Downey and Leighton Downey, Gerald Greaves and George Richardson.

He is survived by his loving wife Ila; his son Clark (Judy) of Bragg Creek, AB and their daughters Cassidy (Steve Matchim) of Toronto and Jill (Matt Jenkins) and son Clark, of Calgary; his daughter Ruth (Trevor Mealy) and their sons Taylor and Hudson of Minto; his son Frank (Karen) of The Pas and their two sons Jared (Kendra) and daughter Everly, of Winnipeg and son Riley (Carly) and son Dierks of Red Deer; his brother Reg (Jean) of Brandon;  and twenty two nieces and nephews.

Andy and Ila were married at Elm Creek, MB in 1951 and celebrated 64 years of marriage on July 21, 2015.  He attended school at Coulter and Lyleton and in 1945, he went to Souris to work for his uncle Andy Murray.  He was employed at Murray’s Garage in Souris and Brandon Automobiles until 1971 when he and his brother Reg opened Lang Motors in Souris.  In 1993 he returned to work for Murray’s in Brandon until his final retirement in 2006.

Andy was a lifelong baseball fan and also played ball for the Souris Kiwanis and the Souris Cardinals for many years.  He was proud to be part of the Cardinals team when they won the Manitoba Baseball Championship in 1953.  He also played ball for his hometown Lyleton team in the 1940’s and was honored to be inducted with that team into the MB Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was also an avid hockey fan both as a supporter and player in his younger years.  He played senior hockey for Souris during the “Big 6” era and was on the team that won the Juvenile Hockey Provincial Championship.  He followed his sons’ and grandsons’ hockey careers with great interest and travelled many miles to watch them play.

Andy was a member of the Elks Lodge and was a past Exalted Ruler; as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge, Royal Canadian Legion and St. Paul’s United Church.  He was a great supporter of Souris, and was known by many for his friendly smile, warm nature, sense of humour and his kindness to all.  Since his passing, his family has been comforted by the many acts of kindness which have helped us all through this difficult time.  We truly appreciate the visits, flowers, baking and remembrances of a “special man”.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Souris and Glenwood Community Foundation Box 518 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or a charity of your choice.

36 thoughts on “Lang, Andrew Edward (Andy)”

  1. So sorry to read of Andy’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  2. Ila, Clark Ruth and Frank and families. Sorry to hear of Andys passing. Treasure all the memories and laughs. We have lots of memories we had with our family gatherings.
    Thoughts are with you all.
    Glen and Gail Williamson

  3. So very sorry to hear about Andy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  4. Dear Ila,Clark,Ruth,Frank and Families.We are so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. He was an important part of your lives but he was also a very important part of the Community and will be missed by all. Our sincere condolences
    Evelyn Skinner & Jerry Carlisle

  5. We remember Andy with fondness.Our condolences to you Ila and family. He lived a great life.

  6. Ruth, our thoughts are with you and your family. You always spoke with such great affection of your dad.

  7. Ila and family.
    On behalf of Steven, Stephanie, and me, I offer our condolences. Andy was a great man with a generous and loving nature. He always had a smile and something nice to say. We will miss him.

    Jerry Araujo

  8. Ila, Frank, Clark, Ruth, and families – We are saddened at the passing of Andy. He was a wonderful person and It was always a pleasure to visit with him either at Murrays or at other different events. He will be greatly missed by many. It is hard to lose a loved one so may you savor the many memories. May God bless and comfort you at this time and in the coming days. .

  9. Dear Ila ,Clark , Ruth , Frank & Families

    So very saddened to learn of Andy’s passing. He certainly was a most gracious gentleman with everyone. You will all miss him dearly .
    With our Sincere and Heartfelt Sympathy ,
    Don Carlisle and Carole Barclay

  10. Sincere sympathy to Ila and the entire Lang family . We were honored to know Andy; truly a man with a Big Heart and a kind word for everyone! Allways know he’ll be with you in the places you go, in the things you do and always in your hearts. Bless you all, Glen and Lynn

  11. My sympathy is extended to the entire Lang family as you grieve the loss of Andy. So sorry I will be out of town Saturday, but will be thinking of you all as you remember and celebrate his life.

    Debbie Baker

  12. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Andy. What a grand fellow he was. A gentleman, kind and social, pleasant and friendly, he will be missed by so many. Our thoughts go out to you, IIa, Frank & Karen & boys, Ruth & family, Clark & Judy & girls.
    Sadly we will miss sharing the remembrance for Andy on Saturday, as we are travelling in the Maritimes. We will think of you in sympathy in the next few days and weeks.

  13. Sorry to hear of Andy’s passing- our condolences to you. We will be thinking of you as you celebrate his life on Saturday.

  14. Our sympathy to you Ila, Frank, Ruth and Clark and your families. Andy had a heart of gold and will be missed by many.

  15. Clark + Judy:
    We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your father Clark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Bill+Brenda Crossman

  16. Clark, Frank and Ruth,
    Sorry to hear about your dad – the old guard is slowly finding their way to the car lot in the sky. I’m sure my dad, Clair and John Geisbrecht will be more than happy to welcome Andy ( and they’ll all likely get in a lot of trouble!!!!) On behalf of my brothers Bob and Murray, their families and all the Chapman Motors staff please accept our condolances.
    Yours truly,
    Ron and Carol Chapman

  17. Sending our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Carry your memories close.
    Leanne & Keith Friesen

  18. Our hearts and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May family and friends embrace each other and embrace fond memories with you.

  19. Hi Clark & Judy
    We are very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Although we didn’t know your father, he must have been an incredible person to have a son like you. Take care of yourself and your family.
    Neil & Donna Greenway

  20. Although I moved away in October, there are a lot of people that makes me smile when I think of them; you’re one of them. Sorry for your loss.

  21. Dear Clark, Judy and Family

    We want to pass along how very sorry we are to hear of your father’s passing. At a time like this, it is important to share time and memories with your family and friends.
    Our hearts and thoughts are with you all.
    Ross and Julie Bannerman

  22. Clark and Judy. Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. Words can not remove the sadness at this time. I am sure that the memories you have of your Dad will soon wash away the sadness of his passing. Sincerely, Bruce and Cheryl.

  23. My deepest and sincerest condolences for the Lang family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  24. Our sincere sympathies to all the LANG families.
    One of the ‘quality’ people that I had the opportunity to discuss business, sports, and family. with.
    That special smile will be missed at many arena this Winter.

  25. Clark&Judy & Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father/grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers go to everyone and may he Rest in Peace.
    Dave & Sherry Marshall & Family

  26. Our deepest sympathy to the whole Lang family. You will all have your wonderful memories of Andy as they last a lifetime. We are thinking of you all at this sad time. Bruce & Theresa

  27. Clark and Judy
    We were very sorry to hear of the passing of your father .
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  28. To The Lang Family : I was so sadden to hear the death of your dad. My family thoughts were with you on Sat . Sorry I could not attend but we were putting my middle brother to rest at the same time. Thinking of you all take care.

  29. Our deepest condolences to all the Lang family.Andys smiling face and happy outlook on life will be fondly missed.We always called him the Walmart Greeter of Murray Chev Olds….always a smile and a story to tell.Ian and Donna McKay

  30. We were sorry to read of Andy’s death in the Brandon Sun and wish to express our sincere sympathy to you Ila and family’
    Ray & Pat Tole

  31. Our deepest sympathy to your family at this time. You will have many great memories to share to get you through the sad times.

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