Phil A. Langlois Fund for Listening Ear
Phil Andre Langlois was a charitable community leader committed to assisting Listening Ear in its efforts to provide human services and affordable housing to citizens of Isabella County. He also served on the zoning Board of Appeals, Listening Ear’s Board of Directors, and generously donated to Listening Ear’s counseling programs.
After a long fight with cancer, he died in his home on April 4, 2011 surrounded by his family. Phil was born on April 22, 1943 in Detroit, the son of Wilfrid Andre and Estelle Alexina Langlois. He married Nancy Garrett on September 28, 2009. Phil was a loving father to his children Kevin and Mark, and his stepchildren, Tamara, Angela, Amanda, and David. He cherished his family, friends, community, and worked as a self-employed builder and developer.
The Phil A. Langlois Fund was established on October 27, 2011 by Listening Ear Executive Director Donald O. Schuster and Chairperson Kristin Sheridan. Their goal was to build an endowment that would honor Phil’s contributions to the community and to help fund counseling services for residents in Isabella County.
In the early 2000s, Listening Ear began losing state funding. Phil agreed to co-chair a fund drive with Bill and Sandy Caul. Phil’s leadership along with donations from hundreds of mid-Michigan residents, helped establish the endowment. When Listening Ear built a 48-unit housing complex for individuals with low incomes, Phil was there to provide advice and guidance to the builders. When Listening Ear’s 24-hour Crisis Center needed funding because of cuts, Phil was a donor and leading force in establishing another endowment. Phil was dedicated to keeping Listening Ear’s programs funded to help the organization grow.