Anthony ARMSTRONG

ARMSTRONG, Anthony Charles. 7 September, 1951 – 17 January, 2012

The powerful, creative, talented, generous spirit that was Tony passed peacefully on Tuesday 17 January at Cascade Hospice in Chilliwack.

While Tony wanted to live, he knew the catastrophe of pancreatic cancer. He made each step easy on family and friends by accepting his medical condition, getting his affairs in order, and keeping his humour and insight razor sharp. He had closed his company FUBAR Electric and passed the torch for his many projects. Left to miss him most are his family: wife Karen Saenger, mom Phyllis, brothers and their families (Jim and Eileen, Shannon, Jeff, Brendan and Sara; Jo, Owen; Andy and Marilyn, Clayton, Kody; Gerry and Caroline), dad-in-law Adolf, sisters-in-law and their families (Susan and Phill, Ellen and Cameron, Maya, Jessie and Anja). Tony was predeceased by his dad Bob, sister Rosalie, mom-in-law Lotte, and nephew Morgan. Seldom reverent, Tony was a man of ever-ready contradictions: uncomplicated yet complex, tough but soft, exuberant yet cautious, shy yet engaging, critical and compassionate. He brought the same curiosity, wonder, and affection to the care of small critters as to the workings of the universe. Special thanks to Drs. Winston and Brown at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Dr. Bull at the Cascade Hospice for their personal attention and care. Nurses too numerous to mention will never be forgotten for the gentle and dignified way in which they treated Tony.

Please, no flowers. Donations to Tony’s cat friends at the Chilliwack Safe Haven (49843 Chilliwack Central Road, V2P 6H3) or the Chilliwack Hospice Society (45360 Hodgins Ave, V2P 1P5) would be truly appreciated. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday 27 January at the Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home (45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack). Reception to follow at the St Thomas Anglican Church hall (46048 Gore Ave).