In Memory of



Obituary for Bruce Langstaff

LANGSTAFF, JOHN BRUCE. With sadness, we announce that Bruce died on the morning of October 8th at Sunnybrook Hospital, after a period of illness. A gentle person with a keen mind, a dry wit, and fiendish puzzling capabilities, Bruce was devoted to his wife Judy (née Uren) for 52 years – and grateful for her gracious companionship and steadfast care through the final stages of his life. He will be lovingly remembered by Judy, by their children Bruce (Kathleen Kent) and Amy (Sophie Hackett) and grandchildren Claire, James, and Kate Langstaff; by his siblings Elizabeth Ord and Miles Langstaff and their families; by the family of his late sister Judith Nestmann; and by many other friends and relatives. Bruce’s career began with IBM, where he was involved in early computing applications for business, including Canada’s first ATM, and concluded with systems-focused work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In later life, he offered tireless volunteer service to the York Central Hospital Foundation in Richmond Hill, Ontario (now the Mackenzie Health Foundation), an institution to which his parents Dr. James Langstaff and Barbara Langstaff, RN, had made vital contributions as health care providers and volunteer leaders. A celebration of his life will be held at Fairlawn Avenue United Church at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15th. For those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bruce, his family gratefully suggests the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, Sunnybrook Hospital, or the Mackenzie Health Foundation.