John W Armstrong

July 1, 1933October 1, 2010


Age 77, died in the loving arms of his niece and stepdaughter on Friday, October 1, 2010. Nicknamed "Johnny Jump-up," because of his unlimited energy, John delighted in spending time with his grandchildren, smoking a good cigar and working on any project that involved a hardware store. He was born July 1, 1933 in Poughkeepsie, NY, and he attended Catholic schools through eighth-grade and went on to graduate from Poughkeepsie High School.

He then worked as a mechanical engineer and manager for IBM in New York's Hudson Valley, Boca Raton, FL and Raleigh, NC. He served in the Dutchess County Legislature from 1974 to 1977. He also was a member of the NY Army National Guard for 30 years. In his retirement, he enjoyed rocking his grandchildren to sleep by singing "You are my Sunshine" to them and taking the grandkids to baseball games, putting together their toys and admonishing them to chew their food 20 times before swallowing. He served as president of various community association boards in Jupiter's Abacoa neighborhood. John relished taking on home and community improvement projects, because it gave him an excuse to go to his favorite place: Home Depot, which he fondly called, "Bloomingdale's for Men." He also was a volunteer for AARP.

Survivors include his wife Maureen King Armstrong, to whom he was happily married to for almost 30 years; seven children and stepchildren: John Armstrong Jr. (Angie) and Lisa Rundle (Joe) of San Diego, CA; Leslie Armstrong Kelly, David Armstrong and Matt Ciarfella of Wappinger Falls, NY; Patty Alexander (Brian) of Tustin, CA; and Mark Ciarfella (Nika) of Jupiter, FL. He was predeceased by a son Michael Armstrong in June 1982; 11 grand- children: Natalie and Cristian Armstrong of San Diego, CA; Kristi, Kevin and Shannon Kelly of Wappinger Falls, NY; Eric Murphy of Allentown, PA; Liam and Rhys Alexander of Tustin, CA; and Colin, Reigan and Lily Ciarfella of Jupiter, FL. He also is survived by six brothers and sisters Tom, Charles and Joe Armstrong; and Mary Hart, Louise Mensler and Sister Barbara Armstrong.

There will be a Memorial Service and Viewing at Aycock Funeral Home, 1112 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458, from 5 to 8 PM, Monday, October 4. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, or the Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center at the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, FL


  • Funeral Service Monday, October 4, 2010
  • Visitation Monday, October 4, 2010

John W Armstrong

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October 13, 2010

John's bright spirit is now free of the body that had become a burden to him.
He was a wonderful man. God bless you and your lovely family.
Sarah and Marilyn

Ray Ward

October 12, 2010

Maureen, Leslie and I are also saddened by the loss of John and our hearts go out to you. Thinking of John continues to bring a smile to my face, him with his big heart and big cigar...xoxox

Sheri Demers

October 7, 2010

Ken and I are saddened at the news of John's passing. Our sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. He was quite a character and will be remembered fondly.
Sincerely, Ken and Sheri Demers

claudia ford

October 4, 2010

John was like a warm light of a candle!!
He always a kind word to share and a sincere smile on his face. May he rest
in peace. My prayers go out to the
family and Maureen for comfort in this time.
With Sympathy,
Claudia Ford

October 4, 2010

To the Armstrong Family,

Deep peace of the running waves to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you.
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
(An Olde Irish Prayer)

Maureen, you are in my prayers,
Tashy Ross

Joel and Cynde Brackenbury

October 3, 2010

We will cherished our memories of John. Our deepest sympathy.