David D. Armstrong, Sr., 82, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 27, 2022, after a lengthy period of declining health. He passed at his beloved home in Pittsburg, NH with his wife by his side.
David was the only child of Gladys Spink Armstrong and Roswell Armstrong and was born on March 20, 1940, in Providence, R.I. His family moved to Belmont MA during his early childhood. He attended local schools and graduated from Belmont High in 1958. He then moved to Barre MA and graduated from Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He was co-owner of Sirois and Armstrong, concrete foundations, and continued in that role for many years until his retirement.
David married his first wife, Barbara in 1963. They had two sons, David, Jr., and Derek. He adopted Barbara’s daughter Darlene. In 1980 he married Marcia Smith and they lived in Petersham MA for the better part of 22 years. They spent many weekends in Gloucester MA on their boat “Tranquility” in search of the elusive bluefin tuna. One of the many thrills in his life was landing an 800 lb tuna. He also enjoyed racing canoes and was a very proud winner of the Miller’s River Rat Race in 1976.
They decided to retire in Pittsburg Nh and replaced “camp” with a new home. Snowmobiling was always on the agenda. Every winter included at least one 2,000-mile snow-cation traveling throughout Canada, Maine, and Vermont on snowmobiles. David loved being part of the North Country where he and his wife enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV ing, “socializing” and just being part of the community that he so loved.
David was a “one-of-a-kind” guy. To know him was to like him. He was multi-talented and could fix or build almost anything.”’
David was pre-deceased by his parents. He is survived by and dearly missed by his wife of 42 (+-) years, Marcia; his son David (Susan and grandsons Alex and Benjamin); his son Derek (Lisa and daughters Marrisa and Haley); and Darlene Marotta (John, and children Ryan, Whitney, and Haley) and many friends and colleagues.
There will be no public services. A private family service will be held in the spring with burial in the family lot in St. John’s Cemetery Gardner MA.
“Don’t ask me to remember, Don’t try to make me understand, Let me rest and know you’re with me, Kiss my cheek and hold my hand”.