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Edward Douglas Langford CNZM
28 May 1936 - 18 June 2024

John Barton, member of the Board, Chelsea and Marsden Trust

Presents a Eulogy for Doug 

at Old St Paul's Thorndon, Wellington,

on Monday, July 1, 2024.

Good morning. I am John Barton, acting Chairman for the Chelsea and Marsden Day Care Trusts.

The Chelsea and Marsden Day Care Trusts (established in 1989 and 1984 respectively) are Independent Day Care centres for people with Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s and related disorders – giving some daily relief to carers and allowing ‘members’ to maintain their independence for longer, staying in their own homes out of hospitals and hospices.

Doug was the Chairman of these Trusts between 1997-98 and from 2008 – until his passing.  

He was involved in raising the initial money for the Marsden Trust via the Karori Rotary Club; was instrumental in joining the two clubs together and then administering the activities of the Trusts. Doug remained a passionate and highly committed leader of the Trusts right to the end of his life; during his final days he continued reading emails and dispensing advice from his hospital bed.


As fellow Trustees we have always been keenly aware of Doug’s commitment, selfless service and the magnitude of his community involvement. We are grateful for his leadership and wise advice and know that as he gradually and inevitably stepped back, he expected us to ensure that his legacy endures as he envisaged, for the long term; at its heart, continuing to provide wives, partners, care givers and families vital respite from the constant pressure of caring for loved ones. 

Doug, it is very sad to no longer have you by our side sharing your wise and kind counsel. Rest easy knowing that as your fellow Trustees we have the utmost respect for your great work and we value being the beneficiaries of the sound and effective structure you have enabled, ensuring the future of the Trusts.

Alison, on behalf of the Chelsea and Marsden Trustees, Managers, Staff and Volunteers we offer our sincere condolences to you and your family at this sad time.  We thank you for allowing us to share Doug.

He was an amazing man who achieved great things. It was a privilege to call him our friend and to have had the opportunity to work alongside him right to the end of his life.


Thank you, Doug, you will indeed be sadly missed.

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