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Dr. John P. Armstrong

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On April 4, 2013 @ 4:56 pm In Obituary | 15 Comments


ALBANY – Armstrong, John Paul (Jack) of Albany, Thompson’s Lake and Cocoa Florida. Dr. John P. Armstrong, 90, died peacefully on April 3, 2013 at the Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany, New York.  Dr. Armstrong was born and raised in Buffalo, NY.  He was the son of the late Mildred and Louis Morton Armstrong. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps 4th Division during World War II where he saw action in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, Roi Namur and Iwo Jima.

After honorable discharge, he graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education. He then attended the University of Illinois (Champagne-Urbana) to continue his studies in advanced research in education. Dr. Armstrong earned his PhD in research and administration at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

In 1955, Dr. Armstrong joined the New York State Education Department as an Associate in the Special Education Department in Albany, NY until his retirement in 1981. He is survived by his wife Clara and his two children John C. Armstrong (Ann) of Mims, Florida and Dr. Kathleen Armstrong-Bernhard (John) of Glen Lake, NY.

Dr. John Armstrong will be remembered at a memorial mass on Monday, 4/8/13 at 11:00 am at the eleventh floor chapel at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY, relatives and friends are invited to attend. There will be no calling hours.

Interment with full military honors will be held in Buffalo, NY at the St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery on Saturday, 4/6/13 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice at the Stratton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 would be appreciated. The family members would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the medical/support staff at the Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center and Reverend Joseph Grasso.

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Condolences for the family of “Dr. John P. Armstrong”

Condolence from Bonnie Wieder on April 5th, 2013 2:43 am

So sorry to hear that your dad passed. He sounds like a truly remarkable man. May he rest in peace and may all of you find peace in knowing how loved he was and how much he loved back.

Condolence from Barb henderson on April 5th, 2013 3:35 am

I am really sorry for you loss. I know how close you were to your dad and what an influence he had on your life.
He is not gone. He will live in your heart forever.
and ever lasting memories.
I bet your dad has been so proud of the person you have become.

Condolence from josie wolak on April 5th, 2013 9:34 am

Our thoughts are with you and Kathy & Johnny.

With love, Josie & Chester

Condolence from Diane Teutschman on April 5th, 2013 12:16 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. May your Dad’s memory sustain you and keep him in your hearts forever.

I love you Kathy!

Condolence from Nancy & Mark Rutecki on April 5th, 2013 3:17 pm

Dear Clara, John Jr., Kathy & All the Extended Family,

We were very sad to receive the news. May your inner strength help you through this very difficult time. Try to Keep a lifetime of beautiful memories alive in your hearts. Condolences to all.

Love Nancy & Mark Rutecki

Condolence from Mark & Nancy Rutecki on April 5th, 2013 3:52 pm

Dear Clara, John & Kathy + all the extended family,
Very sad news we received today. Condolences to all. Please remember all the good fun & great times you have had together. Good memories do not replace a person, but they do help a bit. Remember the laughter & precious moments. Most important, remember the LOVE!
Nancy & Mark Rutecki

Condolence from Linda Baker Marcella on April 6th, 2013 12:58 pm

How blessed you have been to have had so many years with a dad that embodied so many wonderful qualities. What a life he had. And now he’s on the the next phase of life. May it be as colorful and as much enjoyed as this one was. May every memory bring a wonderful smile to your face.

Condolence from Amanda Rushia on April 7th, 2013 5:34 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a truly great man who was very blessed.

Condolence from Cindy Turcotte on April 8th, 2013 4:49 am


My sincere condolences for the passing of your Dad. Sounds like a great man and I know you were blessed to have in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care.


Condolence from Amy Langworthy on April 8th, 2013 6:18 am

Your Dad sounds like he had a wonderful life and many great experiences. How lucky to have you for a daughter as well.
Thoughts go out to you and your family

Condolence from Mevlut Guvendik on April 8th, 2013 11:27 am

I am really sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Kenneth Otto on April 8th, 2013 11:59 am

May this great man rest in peace. May God comfort you in your loss.

Condolence from Sharon Zaccari on April 9th, 2013 8:33 am

Mr. Bernhard and Dr. Bernhard:
I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. I will keep your Mother in my prayers, as well as yourselves. God Bless.

Condolence from Cristine & Joseph Lukowski on April 12th, 2013 6:38 am


So sorry for your loss. I still remember the day you and Jack were married. What a happy day that was. Hold on to all the good memories you and your family have shared through the years. Jack was a wonderful person. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Cousin Christine & Joseph Lukowski

Condolence from Jack Fairbank on April 16th, 2013 4:15 pm

I enjoyed many talks and laughs with Jack and Clara over the years at the VA Medical Center. Jack was a gentleman, a patriot, a lifelong educator and loving family man. He was truly a fine man. I am sorry I lost touch with you these past few years. Many fond memories live on.

Jack Fairbank

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