It is with heavy hearts that we advise you of the passing of our beloved brother and uncle Stan, on Friday, April 8, 2022, at the Rainy River Health Centre.
George Stanley Armstrong, or more lovingly known as Uncle Stan to everyone, was born August 19, 1933, to the late Holgar and Fannie Armstrong of Sleeman, Ontario. He was the oldest of seven children. Stan was born on the farm, and lived his entire life in Sleeman. He attended Sleeman school, where he walked to school each day with his lunch in a syrup pail. Even from an early age, he was known as a tease and a jokester. He loved a good practical joke. He was not much for sports as a kid, but would enjoy playing baseball with his dad and his brothers.
Stan married the love of his life, Linda Govier, on February 6, 1971. They spent 45 years farming in Worthington Township, as well as their jobs off the farm. You could not find a man who loved his wife more than Uncle Stan. It was apparent in all he did that she was the centre of his universe. Even after her passing in 2016, you could still tell that not a day went by that Stan was not thinking of her.
Stan worked part of the year for CN on the railroad gangs, and the remainder of the year he was active on the farm. There was never a shortage of work, from milking cows, to banding the lambs in the spring, and always fences to mend or hay to make. Uncle Stan was always busy making sure everything on the farm was tended to.
Uncle Stan loved his animals, all of them. Throughout their years on the farm, they had dairy cows, beef cows, chickens and sheep. Even the barn cats were treated to leftover calf formula on their food in the barn, and his dogs always held a special place in his heart. Anyone who knows Uncle Stan recently, knows about his love for his Shih Tzu, Oscar. He held a special place in Uncle Stan’s heart and was his constant companion.
Uncle Stan also had a special place in his heart for all his “kids,” which were all his nieces and nephews. He loved to go fishing in the summer or the winter with them, or even just visiting with them and showing them his pride and joy – one of the biggest most bountiful gardens in the district. He loved sharing what he was able to harvest each year. You would not believe all the vegetables he would grow – enough to feed an army for sure.
Left to mourn Uncle Stan are his siblings Gordon (Jeannette) Armstrong of Rainy River, Ontario; Phyllis (Don) Lewis of Warroad, Minn., and Donna (Herb) Govier of Sleeman; sister-in-law Darlene Armstrong of Rainy River; and one brother-in-law, Tom (Gail) Govier of Emo, Ont.; and too many nieces and nephews to count. He was predeceased by his wife Linda Armstrong; his parents Holgar and Fannie Armstrong; his in-laws William and Margaret Govier; his brothers Norman Armstrong and Ronald Armstrong; and sister Verna Barsy.
Family and Friends will be received at the Rainy River United Church on Saturday, April 16, at 11:00 a.m., with a light luncheon to follow the service.
Honorary Pallbearers will all of Uncle Stan’s nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place and interment will be at a later date at Blue Cemetery, where Stan can be reunited with Linda.
In memory donations can be made to the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association C/O Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0.