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Born: Sep 29, 1981

Date of Passing: Dec 14, 2020

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September 28, 1981 - December 14, 2020

Andrew lived his life full of passion; passion expressed through his creative flair, love of learning, and sense of adventure. Exploration of these passions was encouraged and supported throughout his life by family and friends alike. Andrew followed his dreams and never hesitated to broaden his horizons.
His innate ability to relate to an audience made him a successful debater at Youth Parliament, a talented actor in local theatre groups, and a colourful performer at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He excelled in making meaningful connections with young kids, senior citizens, business executives, and people living on the street alike. He gave generously of his time and attention, without hesitation or judgement.
After graduating from Springfield Collegiate Institute, Red River College and the University of Winnipeg, Andrew jumped at the opportunity to move abroad for a teaching job in South Korea. His original one-year plan was extended with each new job and promotion. The decision to establish himself there was solidified after he met Jiyeon (Janine) Seo and she said 'yes' to his marriage proposal - underwater whilst SCUBA diving in Egypt, no less. They maintained strong ties with their biological and chosen families regardless of geography and expanded their own with their beloved dogs, Mong and Coco.
Andrew earned a master's degree in the TESOL (Teaching English to speakers of other languages) Department at the Sookmyung Women's University and was passionate about his career as Assistant Professor at the Korea Aerospace University.
With loving wife Jiyeon at his side physically; parents Werner and Gail, and sister Denise at his side virtually; and family and friends around the world holding him tightly in their hearts, Andrew departed us much too soon on December 14, 2020. It was the height of the Geminid meteor shower and the perfect night to catch a ride on a shooting star.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Andrew C. Langendorfer Memorial Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3. Tel 204-944-9474., or to organizations supporting mental health, independent artists and performers, or the welfare of animals.
Talk with your loved ones about organ and tissue donation and give blood if you are able.
Above all else, demonstrate kindness to and inclusion of our fellow humans!
Celebration of Life to follow when we are once again able to gather.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;
Love leaves a memory no one can steal."
- Old Irish blessing

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (22 entries)

  • Andrew was at our house a lot during his high school years. He will be missed by anyone who knew his infectious smile and kind heart. You are home now. Enjoy the prairie sunsets and the bright morning sun, may it shine on your face and bring you peace. Louise and Vern - Posted by: Louise Laing (He was a good friend of our son Scott. ) on: Jan 29, 2021

  • I was one of his students of his class at Korea Aerospace University in 2018. Andrew always had been so kind and skillful professor. It is so miserable to know that I cannot see him anymore, or do something for him while I'm here in Korean Army for obligatory military service. - Posted by: Taehwan Han (Former Student) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • I met Andrew while working in South Korea at Paju's English Village. He was always interested in making everyone feel welcome and part of the group. His passion for his work was obvious and he was such a kind, warm soul. I am so so sad to hear of his passing and offer all my condolences to his family and friends. Truly the world is less without the brightness of his spark. - Posted by: Amanda Mitro (Former colleague/coworker at Paju English Village) on: Jan 11, 2021

  • Mr. & Mrs. Langendorfer, Our deepest condolences on the passing of your son Andrew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Hans & Laurie Marusyk-Peper (Former student & neighbour) on: Dec 25, 2020

  • I recall Andrew coming to visit in 1997 or 1998 after John passed. How special that visit was. So my heart goes out to you and your family with the loss of such a gentle soul. I weep for your loss. I also recall you sending me a letter or card thanking me for having Andrew come to visit. Though the connection is long ago, it still stirs the heart. Keep safe during this difficult time. I would like to touch base sometime if you would like. - Posted by: Brenda daku (The mother Of Andrew’s friend from drama camp, John Gardner) on: Dec 24, 2020

  • Gail C. And Werner We were so saddened to hear of Andrew’s passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Gail M and Jim (Former neighbours ) on: Dec 23, 2020

  • Mr Langendorfer and family, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your son. May you be comforted by all of the precious memories you shared together. - Posted by: Pam Wazney (nee Sitarz) (Former student of Warner Langendorfer) on: Dec 22, 2020

  • He was just one of those people that made everyone smile. I'll always remember his solo air band rendition of "Sandwiches are Beautiful" by Fred Penner bringing the house down! It was a drastic turn with after high school he had his stint as a lead singer in the short-lived punk band Disregard. Always the centre of attention! A genuinely nice, extremely intelligent and hilarious guy through and through. Thinking of all his much loved friends and family. - Posted by: Vanda Toews (Friend from high school and college) on: Dec 22, 2020

  • Dear Werner, Gail & Denise, our deepest sympathy on your loss! We cannot fathom the hurt and sorrow you must be going through with the passing of a son and brother. At any age is too soon and so difficult. We surround you with our prayers and support. (Earl & Freda) - Posted by: Earl & Freda White (Former colleague (SCI) & friend) on: Dec 22, 2020

  • Dear Werner, Gail and Denise, I am saddened to hear of Andrew’s passing. He was taken much too soon. Please except my sincere, heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Teresa Tacchi (Former Teacher) on: Dec 21, 2020

  • Dear Werner, Gail, Denise, and Jiyeon, I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss and am so saddened to learn of Andrew’s passing. I found Andrew to be brilliant and really appreciated his sense of humour. Many of my memories of him include us having a good laugh together. He was also such an adventurer and had such a kind heart. I’m so happy that he and I were able to spend a little time together in Seoul when I was there in the mid-2000’s. I am certain that Andrew’s generosity will live on through our memories and affection for him. Again, I’m so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Robyn Stanwick (Friend ) on: Dec 21, 2020

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Although I did not know your son Andrew he sounded like an incredible man and will be dearly missed. Thinking of you and your family at this time. - Posted by: Gabriele Maycher (Freiter) (Former student) on: Dec 21, 2020

  • We wish to offer our deepest sympathies to Andrew's family both here and abroad. We will remember him as the bright animated and fun fellow that he was to spend time with. - Posted by: Ron and Ruth Rob (Family friends) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Mr Langendorfer, Please accept heartfelt condolences. Thinking of you at this time. The obit was beautifully written. Brad Wainikka - Posted by: Brad Wainikka (Former student of Werner Langendorfer) on: Dec 19, 2020


  • We are sorry for the loss in your family. I remember Andrew's contribution s to the school and to my class. - Posted by: Richard and Sandra Zuk (Former teacher) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Our thoughts are with you; Andrew was a remarkable young man. - Posted by: Lorne Colish (Former colleague of Werner and Gail who taught Andrew and Denise) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Love you, buddy. Thank you ever so much for your friendship. My sincerest condolences to your lovely wife, Janine and your families. You were taken far too soon. - Posted by: Shelley (Friend) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • I sincere condolences on the loss of your son. - Posted by: Colleen Comeau (Dyrda) (Former student) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Werner and Gail, take care. - Posted by: Ken Hastings (Friend) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Werner and Gail so sorry to hear about your son Andrew, thinking of you and your family. - Posted by: Chris and Angela (Friend) on: Dec 19, 2020

  • Monsieur Langendorfer and family; sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Colleen (nee Brown) (Former student ) on: Dec 19, 2020

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