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Rick Armstrong

Posted By Castlegar Funeral Chapel On August 31, 2021 @ 8:34 am In Obituaries | 29 Comments

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In Loving Memory of Richard William Armstrong

With heavy hearts the Armstrong family announces the passing of Rick Armstrong on August 24, 2021 in his 68th year, at Trail Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Donna; his 5 children, Rob Armstrong (Natasha), Jennifer Marcotte (Jeremy), Daniel Armstrong (Wendy), Erik Armstrong (Michelle), and Mari Bodden (Sam); his 4 brothers and 2 sisters and their families; and will be dearly missed by his 10 (and counting) grandchildren; and many more who loved him.

Rick was born on July 11, 1953 in Revelstoke, to Dr. William Armstrong and Mrs. Therese Armstrong (both now deceased). He grew up in Revelstoke and Rossland where he excelled at sports, especially track-and-field and basketball. After many moves, one for each of his 5 kids, the family finally settled in Castlegar where he spent the last 35 years. Rick’s family was everything to him and he always showed up. He passed on his love of sports to his own kids and was often found on the sidelines of a basketball or softball game, cheering them on, or even coaching them, should the league need him. This was true for his grandkids as well, and he was so proud of all of them. Rick was a fisherman, an outdoor enthusiast, a phenomenal bread baker, a chocolate cake maker/connoisseur, and a fighter to the end.


Despite the many challenges Rick faced, he never complained, and he always found a way to make a joke. He will be remembered for his excellent (and sometimes hilariously crass) sense of humour in every situation, as well as his incredible strength, resilience, and humility. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him well.

The Armstrong family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to the many doctors and nurses at Kelowna General Hospital and Trail Regional Hospital, as well as the BC Air Ambulance for all the excellent, life-saving care Rick received over the past 5+ years. They are eternally grateful for the extra time and memories they got to have with Rick.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and an immediate-family-only memorial service will be held in Castlegar on August 30, 2021, with a BBQ celebration to follow, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Canadian Lung Association are appreciated by the family, perhaps with a nice piece of chocolate in hand, in Rick’s honour.

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Condolence from Hansi Liu-Atkinson on August 31st, 2021 11:12 am

My family and I are extremely saddened to hear of your enormous loss. I feel extremely fortunate to have known Mr. Armstrong and will always remember his warmth, his sense of humour, and his dedication to his family. I am deeply grateful for his generosity and how he always treated me like family and opened his home and heart (and his amazing cooking that is absolutely unmatched) while asking nothing in return. We are thinking of him and his family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Coco Duguay on August 31st, 2021 12:54 pm

Dear Erik and Family,
I offer my deepest condolences to you during this difficult time and I hope that you can take solace in remembering and celebrating the wonderful man your Father was, his memory is eternal.

Condolence from Rick Butler on August 31st, 2021 1:54 pm

Dear Donna and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Rick. I will walk with you in your season of grief and keep you in prayer in the days ahead. May the hole in your heart be filled with great memories of the many years together. Blessings.

Condolence from Kristen on August 31st, 2021 2:29 pm

Rick makes an appearance in a large part of my memories growing up – from countless dinners with the Armstrong family to many days supporting us on the ball field. He really cared; his kindness paralleled only by his love for chocolate.

Thanks Rick, I appreciate the positive impact you had on my life.

Condolence from Joanna on August 31st, 2021 2:42 pm

Donna and family. I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I have many fond high school memories of Rick. ( one where we got into trouble in grade nine! ). I remember him as happy and full of life.

My sincere condolences.
Joanna Farr ( Joanne Roberts)

Condolence from Todd Boucher on August 31st, 2021 4:00 pm

Erik and family,

So sorry to hear of your loss and my deepest condolences to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Condolence from Ken Greeley-Jones on August 31st, 2021 4:22 pm

My heart felt condolences to the Armstrong and Davis family. Special hugs to Donna and to Erik.
Went to school with Donna, worked with Rick as a student Customs Officer in the day.
Erik, who started like me in Beaver Creek Yukon, a very nice fellow, a credit to his Mom And Dad.
Remember the good times as difficult as it is now, we do move on But never forget
Ken Gresley-Jones

Condolence from Laureen Strellioff on August 31st, 2021 4:38 pm

Donna & family
We send our heart felt condolences to you at this most difficult time. My heart breaks for you and we will send prayers for the pain to be eased over time. I have so many fond memories of you two and the great times we had in high school on those many band trips
Laureen (LeSergent) Strellioff

Condolence from Jeannie Georgetti on August 31st, 2021 4:40 pm

Donna I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you and the whole family.
Jeannie MacLeod Georgetti

Condolence from Erika Chartrand on August 31st, 2021 4:49 pm

Erik & Family,

My thoughts are with you all. Your father sounds like such an incredible man- something which will live on in all of you.

May your tears soon turn into smiles when you think of all the amazing times you had and the memories you made.


Condolence from Catherine Lafortune on August 31st, 2021 5:03 pm

Dear Donna and all the Awesome Armstrongs, we are so sorry for the loss of Rick. He was so fortunate in having such a large and loving family, and he will be so respectfully and fondly remembered by all. We are very lucky to be the in-laws of one of the great kids you raised. Hope Rick is loving the Glory of those Golden Streets! God bless you all.

Cathy and Jeff

Condolence from Joanne Tench on August 31st, 2021 5:08 pm

Donna, so very sorry to hear Rick is gone, such a loving gentle soul. Joanne and Mike Tench

Condolence from Alison and Gerald Merlo on August 31st, 2021 6:10 pm

With our deepest sympathy , thinking of you.

Condolence from Janice brost ( Riley) on August 31st, 2021 7:02 pm

My prayers go out to all your family. I also knew Rick in high school and although I was in Joanne’s grade Rick was just a year behind. I sat on the student council with him. The memories will live forever in your heart.
Janice Brost . (Riley ).

Condolence from Shelley, Duane Young and family on August 31st, 2021 7:16 pm

I don’t have the right words to describe how I am feeling or how to send my condolences to you Wendy Armstrong, Dan Armstrong, Donna Davis Armstrong and family (Rob, Jennifer, Erik and Mari) . I am so honoured to have been able to know Rick and have shared the times we all have spent with him. I remember great adventures, amazing teachings and long heart felt conversations. Dinners with amazing home baked bread, desserts, game nights and laughs so hard my face hurt the next morning. I know you all have many more memories and experiences, I’m so glad I was blessed to have had just a fraction. I’m so sorry Rick needed to go so soon and I hope with all my heart you find peace in your memories and hold on to them, talk about them, remember them and cherish each and every one of them. Thinking of you all and sending our deepest condolences.

Condolence from Lyle Armour on August 31st, 2021 7:28 pm

Donna, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Rick. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Lyle & Chantal

Condolence from Stoyia Klys on August 31st, 2021 8:02 pm

To Donna and Family and the Davis Family
My heartfelt Condolences to You All on the passing of Rick. My thoughts of strength and prayers to you all.
Stoyia Johnson Klys

Condolence from Vito Cammisa on September 1st, 2021 5:36 am

Dear Erik, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your broken hearts be healed and your grief be replaced with pleasant thoughts and memories of your Dad.

Condolence from Teresa Klimchuk on September 1st, 2021 8:30 am

My deepest sympathy to you Donna and your wonderful family, I’m next door if you need a friend I’m here for you and your family.

Condolence from Murray Edworthy on September 1st, 2021 4:00 pm

Donna, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We were shocked to hear of Rick’s passing! I spent a lot of fun times with Rick in RSS. He was a great friend and everyone who knew him were blessed to have him in their lives!

Murray (Doc) and Bev Edworthy

Condolence from Trent Colbert on September 1st, 2021 5:52 pm

So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Our condolences.

Trent and Cheryl Colbert

Condolence from Dave Lavorato on September 1st, 2021 5:54 pm

Sorry to hear this news sending thoughts and prayers out to Donna and family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Ruth Tkachyk on September 1st, 2021 8:08 pm

My sincere condolences to Donna and the entire family. I had the great pleasure to meet Rick for the first time at Christina Lake a couple of years ago – after hearing about him over the years from Glen and Mary. His sense of humour and gentle demeanour made a lasting impression – not to mention the exquisite chocolate torte that he brought as an offering! It was eminently clear that his family was his lifeblood.

Condolence from Derek Todd on September 3rd, 2021 8:43 am

I am so grateful that Rick had the extraordinary resilience to survive his terrible medical emergency and could thus be with his family for the time he was given. I have always felt that children can never have too many grandparents and having shared that role with him for four of his grandchildren I am acutely conscious of the loss to them and of course to all his children, grandchildren, Donna and his brothers and sisters and their families. In the days after his passing people show their love and solidarity and there will be more days and then weeks, months and years and he will still be gone. May our love and support be refreshed by the memories and by the task we share to live happy loving lives in the example Rick set for us all.

Condolence from Cathy Lightfoot on September 5th, 2021 3:05 pm

So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Condolences to you, Donna, and the family. My memories of Rick go back many years to our time in high school where he excelled in sports and coaching. I enjoyed his happy friendly presence over the years. He’ll be greatly missed but forever in your hearts.

Condolence from Evelyn Johnson on September 6th, 2021 6:16 pm

Donna .. truly sad to hear about Rick. Our sympathy to you and your family. Take care of yourself with the memories you and Rick made together as you will always have them.

Evelyn and Desmond

Condolence from Cindy Bouchard on September 7th, 2021 6:44 am

Dear Erik and family,

On behalf of your CBSA family, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your father. A part of him lives in you and everyone he loved. May the loving memories and legacy of this extraordinary man continue to shine and guide you.

Cindy & CBSA colleagues

Condolence from Jorge & Valerie Fontes on September 15th, 2021 9:05 am

Donna, we were so sorry to hear of your loss, of Rick’s passing.
Our thoughts are with you & all of your family.
Sending our virtual.
Take care, ❤️ Jorge & Val & Fontes “Familia”.

Condolence from Renie Evdokimoff on September 26th, 2021 8:18 am

Donna and all the family…
We were saddened by Rick’s passing. Sympathy and hugs from the Evdokimoff family. May he rest in peace.

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