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FRANK WILLIAM ARMSTRONG  (published on August 23, 2008)



FRANK WILLIAM ARMSTRONG (P.Eng) February 26, 1935 - August 20, 2008 This is a heck of a way to get your picture in the paper, And don't be saying anything about a long valiant fight. Just say I persevered against the monster until it got me. These are Frank William Armstrong's own words and how he chose to begin his obituary. This is the Frank that will be remembered. Though many admired him, the role of hero did not sit comfortably on his shoulders. Whenever anyone commiserated with him about the many trials and tribulations that checkered his life he would simply say, You play the cards that you are dealt. That was how he lived his life: with persistence, without complaint, and always, obviously, with a sense of humour. Therefore, in keeping with his character and wishes, although he was taken from us on August 20th, 2008 we will not mourn his death, rather, we will celebrate his life. Frank, or Flawless as he was known to many, was born February 26, 1935, in Fort Rouge, Winnipeg to Leslie and Mary Armstrong. Blessed, as he put it, by being raised with no money, he and his friends found their own ways to have fun. From this grew his lifetime love of sports. He played hockey, baseball, curling and golf, and again in his own words, excelled at none. He and his boyhood buddies remained a close-knit group throughout their lives, and to them he was known simply as The Captain'. That which does not destroy us makes us stronger. The loss of Frank's younger brother Ronnie in 1950 was the first of many tests of strength to come. Frank attended Lord Roberts School, Kelvin High School and graduated from the University of Manitoba as a Mechanical Engineer in 1958. He regretted not being able to attend the 50th reunion of his class, for which he felt honoured to be asked to emcee. He began his professional career with Imperial Oil and after moving to Calgary he owned and operated his own business, Val-Temp Sales. Frank also became an active member of the High River Rotary Club where he acquired many close friends. He married Nellie in 1959, and their children Ronald and Susan along with their families were the joy of his life. Nellie lost her brave battle with Huntington's disease in early 2000. He later married the lovely Hilda and through her acquired a warm and loving second family. Frank and Hilda complimented each other beautifully. They treasured every moment of their lives together, whether at their home in High River or travelling in Arizona, California or Mexico. Frank was a man of many passions: his family and friends, flying, horse racing, great food, vintage wine, and excellent scotch. Those he loved, and who loved him will celebrate his life. He is survived by his beloved wife Hilda, his son Ronald (Glenna) Armstrong and grandchildren Delaney and Lucas, daughter Susan (Steve) Laycock and grandchildren Eric, Keegan and Natasha, sisters Shirley Gardner, Marilyn (John) Wade and Carol (Gerry) Irving, Aunt Dorothy Faris, cousins Donna-Jean (Doug) Gillmor, Dian (Clint) Freeman, Helen (John) Courtney, Bob McClintock, Scott Faris, Brian (Bev) Armstrong, Sandy (Chips) Chiupka, nieces and nephews Rob Gardner, Marianne Wade, Frank (Carm) Wade, Heather Irving and their families. Also joining in the celebration will be the wonderful daughters bestowed upon him by Hilda: Laura Fleming, Lisa (Wade) Hartzell and grandchildren Natalee, Riky-Lynn, Joel and Keaton, Susan (Kip) Reghenas and grandchildren Drew, Jay and Drake. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Chris Powell, Nurse Susan Leefrink and all of the wonderful staff at the High River Hospital. At Frank's request there will be no funeral or flowers. A charitable donation may be made in his memory to: The High River District Health Care Foundation, 560 9th Ave. SW High River, AB T1V 1B3 or take someone you care about for a nice dinner, and raise a glass of wine in his memory. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 at: Highwood Memorial Centre, 128 - 5th Ave. SE, High River from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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