Bill Armstrong: 1926-2012Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com has received the following notice from the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre regarding the passing of a lifelong Saultite who served as a gunner in the navy during World War ll and was a longtime ACR employee:
Born to William Floyd and Edith Caroline Armstrong on March 6, 1926, he lived his whole life in Sault Ste. Marie and loved the North.
He is finally reunited with his soul mate and best friend Betty, whom we lost three years ago.
It brings comfort to know they are together once again.
Bill was extremely loving and proud of his three daughters Susan (Enzo), Cindy (Jerremy), Jill (Steve).
Attentive and doting grandfather of Celina (Mark), Katrina (Antoni), Melissa, Megan, Lauren and Sheradyn.
Great-grandfather of Montana, Semiah, Celeste and two little ones due within weeks.
He is also survived by his brother Tom (Polly), Joyce Armstrong (late Bob), Marjorie Armstrong (late Alec) and predeceased by Cal, Ted (Marguerite), Ellen (Gordon), Bertha (Jack), Katherine (Helen) and Margaret.
Brother-in-law of Eldon Ferguson (Irene), Elwood Ferguson (Maureen), Keith Ferguson (Lucille), Jack Ferguson (Alice), the late Marjorie Anderson (late Don) and the late June Edgerton (late Ben).
Uncle Bill is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.
Bill worked for 47 years as a welder at the Algoma Central Railway and loved to take the train to go ice fishing with friends.
He loved to watch hockey and was a die-hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan.
A World War II Veteran, he served as a gunner onboard the HMCS Drumheller.
He was also a 43-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 25.
His most important priority was his family though, never letting any of us leave the house without a kiss and telling us he loved us, then going to the front window to wave.
He instilled in all of us to always let those you loved know how much they mean to you and never leave things unsaid.
Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 5 p.m. until memorial service in the chapel at 7:30. p.m., Rev. Phil Miller officiating.
Light refreshments will be available during the visitation.
Memorial donations to the Legion Poppy Campaign Lest We Forget or ARCH would be greatly appreciated.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the entire staff of the Intensive Care Unit at the Sault Area Hospital.
The compassionate and expert care they showed to our father will never be forgotten and were such a comfort during his final week.
Also, thank you to Dr. Grosso and his staff, especially Jodi.
Your care for him over the years has been greatly appreciated.
In addition, the family would like to thank all of the nurses, PSW’s and other care givers that helped Dad while he was still at home.
We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.
Expressions of sympathy may be offered here.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion are requested to assemble at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm for a memorial service for the late William Armstrong.