Gerald Marvin Armstrong of the City of Barrie, Formerly of Parry Sound, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Tuesday June 14, 2022.
Gerald was born on August 1, 1932 in Thessalon, Ontario to Charles Lewis Armstrong and Susan Adelaide Armstrong (Chapman).
Gerry was the second youngest of 10 children and grew up knowing what hard work was like on the farm and that the love of family was extremely important. His work ethics and desire to put his family first and foremost led him to a long and fulfilling career with the Canadian Coast Guard sailing the Great Lakes on the Port Dauphine, Montmorency, Griffon, Samuel Risley, Bartlett Retiring from the Verendrye in 1985.
After retirement, Gerry spent as much time as he could surrounded by his family and spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren and he was simply the best Papa in the world.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Russell, Charlie, Vern, George, Leslie, Alvin and his sisters Evelyn, Frances and Zilpha. He is survived by his youngest sister Joan, his children Lynda (Alvin), Diana (Doug), Gerry Jr (Chris), Shawn (David) and his dear friend Lorna. Gerry is also survived by 14 Grandchildren, 30 Great Grandchildren and 4 Great Great Grandchildren. A very special mention to his loving granddaughter Jaime-Lynn Kerr (his special angel) who provided her dear Papa with unending devotion and care.
To Grove Park Home, a heartfelt thank you for the special care, love and support given to our dad and compassion shown to our family these past few days.
Those wishing to honour Gerry’s lifelong commitment to family and his service with The Canadian Coastguard, can make donations to Grove Park Home at 234 Cook Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4H5.