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.

Celebration of life will be held Saturday July 30th between 1-4pm at The Phillips Residence, 4 Luella Blvd in Minesing, ON.  Please go to for further details or reach out Jaime-Lynn.



10 Condolences
  • Edward Larsen
    Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2022 Reply

    Lots of love to family and friends.Was a privilege taking care of Papa and meeting his family.RIP buddy xoxo

  • Nicole Ladouceur
    Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2022 Reply

    Gerry was a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed dearly. May he rest in eternal peace.

  • Nicole Ladouceur
    Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2022 Reply

    Gerry was always a kind and gentle soul and always greeted me with the sweetest smile. He will be missed dearly. May he rest in peace. See you someday Gerry.

  • Heather Stewart
    Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2022 Reply

    Although I hadn’t seen Uncle Gerry for a long time I thought of him often. I am glad that he had such great care from Grove Park home and especially from his Grand daughter Jaime. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. ❤️

  • Karen and Gary Fraser
    Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2022 Reply

    Thinking of Shawn and David and the many family members who will miss him dearly.

  • Ed & Gail (Armstrong) Turgeon
    Posted on: Friday, June 17, 2022 Reply

    We had some wonderful times with Uncle Gerald when we lived in the Sault and he was posted there. He was the one to take Ed out to celebrate when our son was born, which is just one of many good memories we have. He will be missed.

    • Jaime Lynn
      Posted on: Saturday, June 18, 2022 Reply

      That sounds just like him! He truly knew how to celebrate the lives of others.

  • Larry Ferris
    Posted on: Saturday, June 18, 2022 Reply

    I had the pleasure of working with Gerry on the Verendrye in the Coast Guard; I remember he always had stashes of coffee and stuff hidden through out the ship so we always had coffee in the engineroom. He talked about his family and how he missed them. He was such a great guy.

  • Iain Findlater
    Posted on: Sunday, June 19, 2022 Reply

    I sailed and served engineering watches with Jerry on the Verendrye… sad to hear of his passing…

  • Cathy Price
    Posted on: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Reply

    Jaime Lynn, Shawn and to all of Papa’s family, I am so very sorry for your loss. What a sweetheart of a man. Such a great heart and a great smile…fun and mischievous, loving and kind. He will be missed xoxo

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