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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harold “Bo” Armstrong on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at his home in Elora, Ont.

Beloved husband and best friend for more than 61 years to Marlene Kathryn Armstrong (nee Chase); father to son, Hal Armstrong and partner, Renee, grandsons, Ciaran and Aidan Armstrong and their mother, Carmel, all of Fergus, Ont.; and father to daughter, Kathryn Kaszas and husband, Steve, and grandson, Stephen, and his wife, Samantha, and favourite granddaughter, Hallie, all of Toronto, Ont.

Our furry little buddy “Dempsey” is missing Bo and his routine morning massage.

Also surviving are his sisters, Vivian (Don) Mullikan of Onalaska, Wis., Shirley (Maxwell) Judd of Mississauga, Ont., and Anita Rostie of Collingwood, Ont.; brothers, Glen of Fort Frances, Ont. and Roger (Linda) of Wasaga Beach, Ont; brother-in-laws, Doug McCaig of Fort Frances, Ont. and Bill Smith of Winnipeg, Man.; and sister-in-law, Gerrine Mott of Winnipeg, Man.

He also will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of friends and family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Rosalie; and siblings, Betty Jean Cawston, Reginald Armstrong, Sylvia Batcher, Phoebe Mosley, Dorothy Norlund, and Pauline Smith.

Bo was 85 going on 25. He lived life to the fullest. Growing up in Fort Frances in the 1940s was a great time for him.

Leaving school in Grade 8 to work in the lumber camps instilled a great work ethic in him and that, combined with his outgoing personality, led him to many adventures in life. From a golden gloves boxing champ in the 1950s to a guide on Lake of the Woods, becoming a licensed electrician, and then setting up the Arctic Cat clothing plant in Rainy River and selling Polaris snowmobiles, he did it all.

Bobo's Cycle and Marine was a great venture into retail, followed by his last years working in the paper mill in Fort Frances, retiring in 1996.

He loved Rainy Lake and his boat, the “Lady Marlene.” He always said he knew every island and bay like the back of his hand.

Bo also was the kind of guy that could fix and build anything. He always had passion for whatever he did.

He was tough and you didn't want to mess with him. His career as a bouncer in Winnipeg is legendary. But he also was very compassionate and proud of all his sisters and brothers.

Bo and Marlene moved from Fort Frances to Gravenhurst, Ont., and recently relocated to Elora to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in Fergus on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at the Graham Giddy Funeral Home.

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A family gathering will be held this summer in Fort Frances to bring Dad back home.

If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Groves Hospital Foundation in Fergus or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.