James "Adrian" Langhorne

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Langhorne;  James Adrian, CA, died peacefully at his home in Cobourg on September 7, 2019 at the age of 90, surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Dorothy, and his children, John and his wife Julie, Stephen and his wife Amy, Anne and her husband John, and Andrew and his wife Juli, along with grandchildren Megan, Rob, Kate, Jacquelyn, Nick, Patrick, Peter and Emma.

Adrian was born in London, England on July 14, 1929 and came to Canada with his parents when he was three.  He practiced as a chartered accountant for 62 years.  He began articling with McColl & Turner, a Peterborough firm, following graduation from high school. After three years, he transferred to Clarkson Gordon in Toronto.  He received his CA Diploma in 1953 and continued with Clarkson for a short time during which he met his future wife, Dorothy, a nurse-in-training in Port Arthur. In 1955, he and three partners purchased a coal company in Cobourg, Ontario and he moved to Cobourg as general manager. He and Dorothy married the following year. In 1958, Adrian joined the Peterborough accounting firm Humpage Taylor McDonald & Company as its Cobourg partner.  In 1966, he bought the Cobourg practice and started on a course of expansion, purchasing or merging with a number of local firms and opening an office in Port Hope.  At its peak, the firm had eight partners and a staff of 32.  In 2011, Adrian sold his interest in the firm and remained as an associate partner until his retirement in 2015.

During his career, Adrian was active in politics and the Cobourg community. He was also a board member of the Public Utilities Commission and a warden at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. 

Adrian will be remembered as an extremely hard-working professional with immense integrity.   He was always generous to his children and supported them in all their endeavors. His family is proud of his accomplishments and profoundly saddened by his passing.

Service Information

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Adrian to the building campaign for Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre would be appreciated. Online donations or condolences may be made at www.fallis-shields.com.


Very sorry to hear of Adrian’s passing. I have great memories of working for Adrian when the office was located on Division Street Deb & I also fondly remember the summer when we moved in and did ‘babysitting duties’ for a few weeks Adrian was a great man who I’ll not forget

Percy MacDonald

Many good memories of time spent working with Adrian. He taught a lot of us about hard work and long hours but we also had a lot fun along the way. Thanks for giving so many of us a great start in our professional lives.

Ian Davey

Dear Dorothy and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about Adrian's passing. For many years Adrian was a very positive presence at our office and embraced all of the changes over the years with grace and a smile. He thoroughly enjoyed being with our staff, and they with him, and was sorely missed when he retired only a few years ago. Adrian was a wonderful attribute to our firm that he started and founded so many years ago, lending his wisdom and extensive experience to us all. We all will truly miss him. Mike and Jill Irwin.

Mike and Jill Irwin

So sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of working with Adrian. He will be greatly missed.

Debbie Lyng

Dorothy: We are sad to hear of Adrian's death. We have so many wonderful memories of Thunder Bay and Cobourg events...and many nursing reunions. We send love to you all.

Mair and Denny Greaves

Dear Dorothy and Family I am so sorry for your loss. Adrian gave me a great start in the business. He was a brilliant man who would always take the time to teach me the things he thought I needed to know. It was an honour and pleasure working with him. I am forever in his debt.

Tim Haynes

My deepest sympathy to the family. Best wishes Dorothy as you move forward in this next phase of your life. Sincerely, Nancy

Nancy Blakely

I know I am so late sending you this message and I apologize. I have been thinking of you Dorothy and hoping you have been able to come to terms and peace with your loss. I have always thought the world of Adrian and want you to know that if you need anything, please don't hesitate to call me.

Sharron Wharram-Spry