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ARMSTRONG, Bruce

November 7, 1938 – October 5, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Bruce Armstrong announce his passing at the Sarcee Hospice on October 5, 2013 at the age of 74 years. After a courageous three year battle with cancer, Bruce passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.

Bruce was born in Limerick, SK on November 7, 1938 and he lived in Limerick until he moved to Regina in 1957. In 1958, Bruce joined the Navy and served during peacekeeping time. After five years in the Navy, he moved to Calgary, AB and it was there that he married Margaret Ripplinger on October 10, 1964. He had two children that think he was the best dad ever and eventually had two grandchildren who say he is the best grandpa ever! Through his years in Calgary, Bruce worked in construction and in the oil and gas industry, which took him away from home frequently.

He retired in 2001 so that he could spend more time with his wife, his children and his grandchildren. In early years, Bruce had a major love of minor softball and spent time coaching and umpiring.

He also loved to curl. In later years, he spent his time watching his grandkids at their various sports, he loved watching his favorite teams on tv – the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Toronto Blue Jays – and he always enjoyed spending some time in the casino playing blackjack! Dad also fulfilled his dream of touring England, Belgium and France with his son, his sister and two of his nieces, in 2006. He had the opportunity to tour the battlefields where his father fought in WWI and WWII and he was able to visit the place where his parents met in Bexhill, England. He also got to meet family that he had never met before. During Bruce’s battle with cancer, we had the support of many fantastic doctors, nurses and other professionals. We would like to send a special thanks to the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the staff at the Holy Cross Hospital and the Palliative Care team that helped him in his final months. We would also like to thank the staff at the Sarcee Hospice for their care and compassion for Bruce and his family.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Margaret and he is lovingly remembered by his daughter Jackie Kondrat and husband Rick of Calgary; son Daryl Armstrong and wife Arianne of Calgary and his two grandchildren, Joshua Kondrat and Alyssa Kondrat. Bruce was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Bessie Armstrong; brothers Brian and Harvey, sisters Rita (Gerry) Sureau and Irene (Art) Kinchen, brother-in-law Lawrence McRorie and one sister and two brothers in infancy. He is survived by brother John Armstrong (Sal) of Calgary, sister Betty McRorie of Avonlea, SK and his sister-in- law Jean Armstrong of Moose Jaw, SK.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations of remembrance may be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, to the Diabetes Association or to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Bruce Armstrong, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Daryl, Jackie, and Margaret my deepest condolences for the loss of your father, and husband. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Bruce is at peace and pain free.

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  2. Julie and Kent Stabback :

    We hope you remember the good times as you prepare to celebrate a very special father, husband, brother, grandfather and friend.

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  3. Colleen Thomas Groot :

    Jackie,
    I am so sorry! You described your Dad to be such a wonderful man. I am sorry that this is what we have in common in 2013, but know that we will be there for one another in the days to come. Hang in their friend! I am praying for you, the little Kondrats and your mom.

    Colleen

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  4. I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Bruce’s passing. My deepest condolences to you Aunt Margaret, Daryl, Jackie and family. He will be missed….always had a smile and a hearty handshake for me!

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  5. Carol and Don Lockhart and Family :

    Thanks for passing on this information about your dad. Our thoughts will be with you and your family. It sounds like you have made good memories-keep them in your heart. Love you two.

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  6. Colleen Teague :

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. Words can’t take the pain away, but know that my heart and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

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  7. Rhonda Windrum :

    Thinking of you and hoping the great memories of time spent with your dad help you get through this difficult time. Take comfort knowing that he is now in a place more peaceful and beautiful than we could ever imagine.

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  8. Alain Carriere & Alanna Wall :

    Dear Rick & Jackie, we remember your dad at hockey games always engaged and fun to talk to. We send our deepest condolences to you and family.

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  9. My sincere condolences to you any your family, Jackie and Rick. I hope these words help you as much as they did me:
    ‘Find a place in your heart where there is joy – that joy will bring out the pain!’
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Lucy

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  10. Valerie Dingman :

    Jackie and family
    My thoughts are with you and your family. Always remember he is always with you. Celebrate his life and all the special times you shared with him.
    Love from my family to yours
    Val

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  11. Sheila Barnes :

    So many good memories of family visits from our house to yours over the years…my Dad was always so happy to see him, as were all of us. Thinking of all of you and sending my sincere condolences.

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  12. George and Joyce Huber :

    Dear Margaret, Jackie, Daryl and family
    Our deepest condolence to you on the loss of your loved one, Bruce
    We have fond memories of the early days in the Killarney community
    May his soul rest in peace

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  13. Allen & LeeAnne Cayen :

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We remember Bruce as a happy, loving, and gentle man. The love for his family was always evident and we know you will always remember the feeling he portrayed to each and every one of you. Prayers for peace are sent your way.

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  14. Dear Margaret & your family; My sincere sympathy in the great loss you have suffered. May you find some comfort in the thought that others care. Carol Baird

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  15. Doreen & Jim Kozmyk :

    We are so sorry to hear about your fathers passing. It is very hard to see your parent so ill and not to be able help them.

    We were so glad Daryl that we got to meet your dad at your wedding and that he could part of your special day.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your mom and sister.

    Love Aunty Doreen &Uncle Jim

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  16. Cheryl and Colonel :

    Jackie, Rick and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will miss seeing your Dad at the rink cheering the team on.

    Regards,

    The MacLeod Family

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  17. Rob and Christine Shudra :

    Jackie, Rick and family. Very sorry to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences to you. Thinking of you all.
    Shudra Family

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