Sadly, with his family at his side, Orval Robert Armstrong passed away on the evening of Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the age of 63.
He was the son of Vernon and Edna Armstrong.
Orval was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1949. He grew up with his four brothers and sister in Dance Township and at Birch Point Camp, his father’s fishing resort on Northwest Bay.
As a youngster, he spent much of his time fishing, hunting, trapping, and enjoying the outdoors.
In his adult life, Orval worked primarily in the construction and logging business, from Fort Frances to Flanders, Dryden, and Atikokan, with a few years spent in Alberta in the late 1970s and early ’80s.
In his later years, Orval enjoyed spending time with Sandy working in his garden, boat riding, fishing, and many outdoor activities.
He always was working doing something, upgrading his home to hanging cupboards or just helping others whenever he could.
Orval is survived by his wife, Sandy; two sons, Chad (Nerissa) of Fort Frances, Ont. and Vernon (Brooke) of Kakabeka Falls, Ont.; and daughter Lisa Badiuk (Thor) of Fort Frances, Ont.; as well as his extended family including Jason Happy (Carrie) of Fort Frances, Ont., Chad Happy (Paige) of Ottawa, Ont., and Tasha Glover of Fort Frances, Ont.
He also was the proud grandfather of 10, Courtney and Jenelle Armstrong, Koen Armstrong, Tristen and Tayah Badiuk, Sierra and Paige Happy, Lucas Happy, and Austin and Zachary Strom.
He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, all having many very fond memories of time spent with “Uncle Orv.”
He also is survived by his five siblings, Edward (Gerry) of Thunder Bay, Ont., Laverne Lampi (Heikki) of Fort Frances, Ont., Dennis (Yvonne) of Orlando, Fla., Gerald (Peggy) of Fort Frances, Ont., and Gary (Linda) of Ft. McMurray, Alta.
Orval was predeceased by his father in 1971 and his mother in 1984.
He is going to be missed immensely by his family and all who knew him. We’ll always remember that on a hot summer afternoon in the town of Fort Frances, probably the coolest and most relaxing spot to be was under the big spruce tree beside Orval and Sandy’s house.
There always seemed to be a breeze there and a guaranteed cold one in the fridge.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, Ont., with Rev. Barbara Miller officiating.
Friends visited one hour prior to the service.
The pallbearers were Larry Steele, Leon DeGagne, Alan Roy, Jason Happy, Jim Armstrong, and Wade Armstrong.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest or any charity of your choosing c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com