Former city councillor and former broadcaster Larry Langley is being remembered as someone who “loved meeting people.”
Langley died Tuesday morning at the age of 83, according to his daughter Cathy Cookson.
“He loved being involved in the community and giving back,” Cookson said, “and he was so grateful to be able to help the city, because he felt they gave him so much while during his time at CBC, so he truly loved working on council.”
Langley had worked as a news reader with the CBC before retiring in 1993. In 1995, he was elected to ward five for city council, where he served three terms until 2004. Even after those nine years, Langley stayed in public service, chairing the Sub-division Development Appeal Board. “It just made his day actually,” Cookson said. “It was the reason he got up after he semi-retired.”
“Ever since I was little we would be going somewhere, whether it was shopping or running errands for my mom, or whatever it was, people would stop and talk with him and he’d introduce me and they’d be talking for quite a while, and I’d say, ‘who was that Dad?’ and he’d say, ‘I don’t know. Someone who just wanted to stop and talk.’ and he would give them, anyone, all the time in the world, that’s for sure.”
“He just loved meeting people.” said Cookson. “He loved helping people and he loved hearing their stories.”
Langley’s last term on council was Stephen Mandel’s first, when the future mayor served ward one. “We sat beside each other, and you’d never find a greater gentleman that existed in the world than Larry Langley. Sweet, kind, thoughtful, independent, just a sweetheart.”
“As a councillor and as a member of the community he was a wonderful man,” Mandel said. “He cared deeply about people, cared deeply about his family, was very proud of all his boys and his daughter, and the whole family.”
Langley is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon, his three sons Larry Jr., Gord, and Terry, and his daughter Cathy.
On the website Edmonton Broadcasters, Langley is remembered in a blog post for his career that began in 1956. He spent 28 years on the air in Edmonton with the CBC.
Funeral services are still to be finalized. (sj, ms)