LANG­LANDS (Byrne) Glo­ria Olga

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Died on April 30, 2020 in the Hal­i­fax in­fir­mary QEII at the age of 92. Born in Monc­ton, N.B., she was a daugh­ter of Wil­liam Fredrick Byrne (Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I.) and He­len Mont­gomery Byrne (Qis­pam­sis, N.B.). She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Cyn­thia Lang­lands (Bruce Gray) of Dal­las, Tex.; and son, Bryan Lang­lands (Christo­pher Win­dom) of New York, N.Y.; one grand­child, Olivia Gray; and her brother Wil­liam Byrne, Sun­ny­vale, Calif. She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band of nearly fifty years, Ian Holmes Lang­lands; her sis­ter, Janice John­ston, Monc­ton; and brother, Harold Byrne, Hal­i­fax. A grad­u­ate of Monc­ton High School and Notre Dame d’acadie (now part of Univer­sity of Monc­ton) she worked with Tran­scanada Air (pre­de­ces­sor to Air Canada) at the time of her mar­riage to Ian. Glo­ria was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Ju­nior League, Life Mem­ber of the Art Gallery of Nova Sco­tia, Mar­itime Con­ser­va­tory, and a Char­ter Mem­ber of the Hal­i­fax Women’s Net­work. She was very proud of her work to launch Ethiopia Adopt A Vil­lage, cre­ated to ad­dress the famine in Ethiopia in the 1980s. She was a re­cip­i­ent of the YMCA Woman of the Year Award for her out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity. For many years she held the role of trea­surer for ACTRA Eastern Canada and was hon­ored to be a Life Mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Glo­ria was a fab­u­lous cook and trans­formed her love for food to be­come a pub­lished writer for var­i­ous mag­a­zines and a reg­u­lar colum­nist for The Southen­der and Seafood In­ter­na­tional. She also fielded food-re­lated and recipe ques­tions as a guest on the CBC Ra­dio Noon call-in show. A mem­ber of sev­eral book clubs, Glo­ria was a fe­ro­cious reader, es­pe­cially bi­ogra­phies, and de­voured news­pa­pers. She loved watch­ing films and es­pe­cially en­joyed her film study cour­ses with Dr. Bruce Bar­bar and Ron Fo­ley Mac­don­ald. Glo­ria was a won­der­ful con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist with a quick wit and her mem­ory of his­tor­i­cal de­tails could not be matched. She was also known to be very sylish and took pride in "dress­ing to the nines" for any oc­ca­sion. To­gether, Glo­ria and Ian trav­elled the world from Rus­sia to China and to ev­ery province in Canada. How­ever, they were never more at home than on their sail­boat sail­ing up and down the coast of Nova Sco­tia where they logged more than 24,000 nau­ti­cal miles over many decades. They were won­der­ful hosts to their many friends who boarded the Sal­ma­gundi or en­tered their Ed­ward Street home. A spe­cial thanks to the med­i­cal staff from 7.3 and pas­toral care at the Hal­i­fax in­fir­mary QEII who acted with com­pas­sion in Glo­ria’s fi­nal days and hours. A spe­cial thanks to Heidi Mackay, who for many years pro­vided great care to Glo­ria, and to Betty Eng­land. And to her many won­der­ful friends, es­pe­cially Jim Hoyle, for act­ing as sur­ro­gate fam­ily mem­bers. In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions can be made to Mar­itime Con­ser­va­tory of Per­form­ing Arts at 6199 Che­bucto Rd, Hal­i­fax, NS B3L 1K7, Canada or: mar­itime­con­ser­va­tory.com A me­mo­rial ser­vice and cel­e­bra­tion of her life will be held on a fu­ture date.

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