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.Print This Obituary & Condolences