Langford Warren Passes Away
25th June 2005 A memorial service was held today in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church for Langford Warren who passed away in New Zealand last Monday.
Langford had lived in New Zealand for most of his life and returned to Pitcairn a few years ago for a few months.
He was born on Pitcairn on the 11th of April 1929. While on the island he worked alongside his brother Clarence Young as an Electrician. Although Clarence was an engineer the island could not afford to employ two engineers in those days. Langford was also Chairman of Internal Committee and served a 12 month term.
He married Iris on the 14th of April 1952 and six years later they moved to New Zealand initially setting up home in Wellington. Three years later they moved to Auckland but then soon moved back to Wellington where Langford went into carpentry earning his NZ Trade Certificate.
Langford and Iris settled in Auckland in 1965 in a home where they had lived to the present day.
Langford was rebaptised into the Henderson Seventh-Day Adventist Church, in Auckland, and served as a deacon and an elder in his church.
In January 2003 Langford suffered a stroke and for the next two and one half years he remain mostly in a nearby private hospital.
Last Monday while in the arms of his loving wife and daughter Suzanne Langford slipped peacefully away.
According to Iris his passion were his love for the Lord and is family. For many years they had accommodated many Pitcairn Islanders who had traveled to New Zealand.
This morning in the Pitcairn Seventh-Day Adventist Church the entire Pitcairn Community attended church to pay their last respects to a man to whom many had grown to love and respect.
It was a teary few moments as the Pitcairn Community sang two of Langford's favorite hymns, "Cling to the Bible" and "In the Sweet, By and Bye". Other hymns sung included "Safe in the Arms of Jesus", and "When the Roll is Called up Yonder I'll Be There".
To his wife Iris, his daughter Suzanne, and his two grandchildren Jason and Darren I wish you all my sincere deepest sympathies from www.onlinepitcairn.com
April 11th 1929 - June 21st 2005
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