LANGLANDS (Byrne) Gloria Olga
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.