ARMSTRONG, Jack (John) William Gordon
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It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Jack Armstrong on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Jack passed peacefully at home in Kingston surrounded by his loved ones after a brief and bitter battle with pancreatic cancer. The oldest son of Earl and Peninnah Armstrong, Jack and his brothers, Bob (Anja) and Richard (Donna), were born and raised on the family farm in Manotick, which Jack always lovingly referred to as “the garden of Eden”. Jack and his beloved Irma (nee Waddell) married in 1959 and together welcomed and raised their treasured daughters, Sherri and Kelly. Irma’s passing from cancer in 1994 was devastating for Jack and the girls. At the age of 28, Jack was appointed a Land Registrar, the youngest one ever at the time, and enjoyed a long and successful career in the Land Registry Division until his retirement in 1993. Jack was happy in both his personal and professional life and was well loved by his family (both the Armstrongs and the Waddells) as well as by numerous friends, many of whom were lifelong. Jack was fortunate enough to find a second love and he and his dearest Anita (nee Frankle) enjoyed 24 happy years together, travelling far and wide and living life as only they could. Jack was one of “the good guys”. Everyone’s friend, always optimistic and smiling and ready to help and seldom seen without a Tim Horton’s coffee in his hand. Jack was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a loyal and faithful friend. Jack is survived by his devoted wife Anita, his loving daughters Sherri (Kevin), Kelly and his cherished grandchildren, Samantha, Jayke and Jamie-Lynn. At Jack’s request cremation has taken place and a private interment of his ashes beside his beloved Irma will take place at a later date. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at The Harbour Restaurant (53 Yonge Street) in Kingston. Please bring your stories to share. In lieu of memorial donations Jack would want you to buy someone a Tim’s coffee and most of all, be kind.