George Michael Langford
Beloved Brother and Uncle
1953 – 2020
Mike died peacefully on April 17th at the Center of Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains. He was predeceased by his parents Dick and Peggy Langford and was named after his maternal grandfather, George Bailey Shaw, who died before he was born. A lifelong New Jersey resident, Mike was born in Pennsauken in 1953, moving to Westfield in 1954. He attended Holy Trinity Grammar School and graduated from Edison Junior High and Westfield High Schools while living on the Boulevard in Westfield for over 60 years.
Mike was a voracious reader with a decades-long Monday morning routine of walking to the Westfield Library to choose new books to read and return books from the prior week. In his younger years, he was known as the Cannonball King, spending hours at the pool launching from the diving board strategically placing his body for maximum effect. Within the family, he was also the Monopoly Tycoon never giving quarter; he rarely lost. Mike could always be counted on to babysit his nephews and nieces at a moment’s notice. He so enjoyed Halloween, his favorite holiday, handing out candy to all who came to the front door.
Mike is survived by his brothers, Brian of Jefferson City, Missouri, Sandy of Westfield and sisters Abby of Westfield and Kathy and brother-in-law Doug Shaw of Carversville, Pennsylvania. He leaves behind his devoted nephews Max Langford and Zachary Shaw and nieces Alexandra and Hannah Shaw, Kathy Deeken and Cindy McGrail.
A private internment will be held at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, where Mike will join his parents. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Center of Hope Hospice or the American Cancer Society
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