It is with deep sorrow that the family of Sylvester Armstrong announces his passing on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. with his family by his side.
Sylvester was born April 5, 1923 in Shenston Twp, Ont. to the late James and Margaret Armstrong.
He met the love of his life, Shirley Lauzon, in August of 1953 at the Pinewood Sports Day. They were united in marriage on Nov. 8, 1954.
Sylvester was a very hard-working man. He worked at farming, as well as cutting pulpwood and Christmas trees. He also worked for the M.T.O, the Municipality of Chapple, as well as driving school bus.
He was a valued member of the Knights of Columbus.
Sylvester and Shirley lived in Shenston Township from 1954 until 1992 and raised their family of 13 children (six girls and seven boys): Randall (Katie), Angela (Reed) Armstrong, Gayle (Randy) Asselin, Neil (Jane), Nadine, Curtis, Nancy, Virginia (Ross) Caul, Stephen (Misty), Martin, Murray (Laurel), Erin (Leslie) Caul, and Anthony (Tammy).
Sylvester also will be sadly missed by 30 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
It was in 1992 that they moved to Rainy River, Ont.
Sylvester was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and he very much supported them in all of their endeavours. He especially enjoyed watching his sons play baseball, and would try to go to every game until his health failed in the last couple of years.
He even would report the stats in the Rainy River Record, and he saved every clipping and put them in his albums.
He also saved pictures and articles of everything his family did and placed them into albums.
Sylvester also is survived by one brother, Melvin (Annie) of Stratton, Ont. and one sister-in-law on his side of the family, Eileen Armstrong of Atikokan, Ont.; as well as by sisters-in-law, Edna Brown, Violet Schram, and Judy Rissanen, and brother-in-law, Albert (Michelle) Lauzon.
He was predeceased by four grandchildren, Jennifer and Stephen Asselin, and Kaela and Dominic Armstrong; son-in-law, Dale Bone; daughter-in-law, Nancy Armstrong; and 13 siblings.
A prayer service will be held Friday, July 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood, Ont., with Deacon George Chojko-Bolec officiating.
Funeral mass will be held from the church on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 1 p.m., with Fr. Alan Albao celebrant.
Interment will take place in Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Stratton.
The pallbearers will be Laurie Armstrong, Raymond Armstrong, Douglas Johnson, Nelson Brown, Brad Brown, Jim Armstrong, Phillip Schram, Brian Armstrong, Brent Lauzon, and John Ross.
The honourary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com