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ARMSTRONG, Richard Raymond

Richard Raymond Armstrong (Army), age 69, of Kelowna passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 5th at Kelowna General Hospital surrounded by his family, wife Raymonde and his children Elisa and Phil. Richard was born in Verdun, Quebec. He moved to BC in 1968 and loved it. “BC is for me!” he’d always say. Richard worked throughout BC as a member of the Tunnel & Rock Workers Union, Local 168, on several heavy construction projects including the Mica and Revelstoke dams and the Rogers Pass CPR tunnels. In the last decade before his retirement he explored the province as a truck driver. In the 1990s Richard became a Knight of Columbus, a brotherhood of volunteering he cherished. He was a member of the housing committee and served as chairman of the monthly church breakfast, but his true calling was selling charity appeal tickets. As a brother knight quoted, “He sold a truckload of tickets.” Richard enjoyed travelling and Mexico held a special place in his heart. In addition to being a devoted husband and father, Richard was extremely personable, an animated and comical storyteller and always brought smiles to those around him. Prayers will be recited at St. Pius X Church at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014. For those who wish to honour Richard’s life, please donate in his memory to the Knights of Columbus (7359 Foundation), 002 – 1920 Richter St. V1Y 2N2, or to the KGH Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Prayer Service
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:00 am

St. Pius X Church

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Knights of Columbus (7359 Foundation), 002 – 1920 Richter St. V1Y 2N2, or to the KGH Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2


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The prayer service for ARMSTRONG, Richard Raymond is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm at located at 1077 Fuller Avenue, Kelowna, BC .

The service for ARMSTRONG, Richard Raymond is scheduled for Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Pius X Church

1077 Fuller Avenue Kelowna, BC


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  • Iris Jones says:

    Raymonde and family ..I am so so very sorry and send my heartfelt condolences to you all .

  • Kristin Schmidt says:

    Dear Raymonde and family. I’m sorry for your loss. I too lost my mother last month at the age of 62. Just know you are thought of at this difficult time and people do know what you are going through. I had the pleasure of helping you plan your cruise last year. I hope you were able to make some happy memories.

    Kristin Schmidt
    Carlson Wagonlit Travel

  • Eric and Linda Schlichting says:

    So very sad for all of you!
    May your fond memories of your time together give you strength!

  • Wendy Holling says:

    So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I, amongst others, had the pleasure of working with him, way back in 1993, building the Mission Creek Interpretive Centre, and caretaker’s cabin. We’ll always remember the smile and the personality, of the guy who always had a story. A good man.

  • Wendy Rooke says:

    Raymonde, Love sent to you and your children with this very sad news. You know how I enjoyed Richard and his wonderful personality. Wendy and David

  • Lorraine Job says:

    Ramonde, Phillip & Elisa,
    Sorry hear of Richard’s passing. I will be remembering and praying for you during this difficult time.
    Lorraine Job & family

  • Shirley Nickels says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless

  • Ron, Cindy & Cannan Family says:

    Dear Raymonde and family: We are deeply sorry to hear about the sudden passing of such a great man. You we were wonderful neighbors. We will always remember Richards sense of humour & love for family. We pray that God’s abundant love & hope gives you all great strength during this big loss in your life. Richard is gone too soon but not forgotten! Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. (NLT)

  • Tom Johnston says:

    Christine and I are saddened by the death of your husband and father. We have known your son, Phil, and his fiancée, Amy, for some time, and feel as if we knew Richard through them. You have our most sincere sympathy.

  • Richard Groves says:

    Very tragic news. I am very sorry to hear of your loss.

  • art lutz says:

    saddened to hear of the passing of Richard, he was a great guy, I clean a bank here in town and every tuesday night he used to come and get the paper to be shredded. He always had a smile on his face and a joke for me. I missed him when he retired. He used to call me brother Art.

  • Jackie Dawson says:

    Raymonde, I just heard the very sad news on the passing of your Richard. I am sending warm, caring thoughts to wrap around your broken heart.

  • Darlene Green says:

    Many, many fond memories of working with and around Richard, especially his wit and charm. Condolences to the family. His passing is a huge loss to all.

  • Oliver Penner & Alaina Johnston says:

    Alaina and I are very sorry for the loss of your father and husband. I have many fond memories of visiting the Armstrong household and being greeted at the door by a very tall Mr. Armstrong. The man had presence and he engaged his company with stories and a great sense of humour. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Glen and Connie Penner says:

    Sincere condolences, Raymonde, Elisa and Phil, on the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We have known Phil for years and we know that his father was well pleased that Amy will soon be his wife. It is sad that he will not attend this lovely occasion but we know he will be there in spirit. God bless you all.

  • Linda and Len Comeau says:

    Dear Raymonde, Elisa and Phil. We are both so very sorry to hear about Richard. We always enjoyed our times together and want you to know our thoughts are with you all at this time, and that you can always call if you need anything. Hugs from us!

  • Ken Lafreniere says:

    So sad, wish I could be there to share my condolences with the family. Richards humor will be remembered and missed by many. I was never in Richards presence very long before we were sharing a laugh. I will miss seeing him.

  • John Campbell says:

    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of Richard. I thoroughly enjoyed Richard’s spirit and sense of humour when I worked with him at the K of C breakfasts when I was in Kelowna. He was a Knight through and through. May God reserve a special place in Heaven with Him.

  • Bryant & Rose-Anne Sole says:

    Dear Phil (and Amy), We are so sorry to hear of your dads’ passing. Give our love to Mom & your sister. We will remember your Dad in our week-end mass and communion. Hugs to all of you. Bryant & Rosie

  • Dee MacGibbon says:


    I am saddened to hear about the death of your father. My heart goes out to you, your sister and your Mom. I spoke with Patrick last evening and we both remember your father’s delightful sense of humour and sparkling eyes. Take care and know that you are in our thoughts. Dee MacGibbon

  • Claire Larose says:

    Chere Raymonde, Phil et famille,

    Nous voulons vous offrir nos sincères condoléances dans ces moments difficiles. Que Dieu vous donne la force et le réconfort sachant qu’il est bien accueilli dans son royaume et que tous les beaux souvenirs que vous gardez de votre bien aimé Richard, appaisent votre tristesse.

    Claire, Gerry et Jémuel

  • Tyson Russell says:

    Elisa & Phil (and Raymonde):

    My condolences to your family. Without your Mom and Dad’s kindheartedness your home would not be place of which so many friends have such fond memories. I will always remember your Dad and smile.

    Sorry that I cannot be at the service in-person.

    Your friend,


  • Sharleen & Clarence Kruschel says:

    Dearest Raymonde, Elisa & Philip,
    Our deepest sympathies to you all. What a great influence Richard had on so many. We pray that God will be your peace and your comfort during these difficult days. Sorry we are not there to share in your grief, but we know the Holy Spirit will draw near. You are in our prayers. We were just speaking of Richard this am, I just went on Castanet now and saw this. Love to you Raymonde. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.(Matt 5:4 2 Thessalonians 5:13-18.

  • Sue and Jamie Bannerman says:

    Dear Raymonde, Elisa and Phil
    We are so very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing and wish to send you not only our heartfelt condolences but our love to support you at this time.

  • Carolyn Schatz says:

    Raymonde, I am so very saddened to learn of the passing of your husband. My heart goes out to you and your family. Take care and I hope you will find strength in your happy memories of him ……

  • Marilyn Foster says:

    Raymonde So sorry to hear of Richard. My thoughts are with you and your family as I know of no words to help.
    Marilyn Foster

  • trevor furmanek says:

    Sincere and heartfelt condolences Phil and Amy, and to your entire family.

    “When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left”

  • Rheal Desmarais says:

    As I was just informed of my friend Richard passing away I want to express my deepest sympathy to Raymonde Elisa & Phillippe .
    He was a Dear and honest friend to me and my family and he will be missed dearly by all who had a chance to meet him .

  • Barb and Tim Bjorgan says:

    Tim and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have such fond memories of Richard. I will always remember his great laugh and the twinkle in his eyes when he told a story. Our love,thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  • Linda Oake says:

    Raymonde I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband Richard. Even though I did not know him, he must have been a special guy to be married to such a special, kind, thoughtful, compassionate woman. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely with love, Linda Oake

  • Thérèse Lavoie et Denis Larivière says:

    Chère Raymonde,
    Un petit mot pour te dire que nous pensons bien à toi et à tous les tiens.

    Nos pensées sont avec toi et ta famille en ces moments difficiles…..

    Nos sincères condoléances….

    ta cousine Thérèse Lavoie

  • Louis Lavoie says:

    À toi Raymonde et aux enfants,

    Nous voulons t’exprimer nos sincères condoléances!

    Nos pensées et nos prières vous accompagnent!

    Nos sympathies… on t’embrasse.

    ton cousin Louis et Nicole

  • Mort and Sharon Rafuse says:

    Dear Raymonde, We just heard your very sad news and want to pass along our most sincere condolences to you and your family. May God bless you all and help you through the coming days and months. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Most sincerely,
    Mort and Sharon

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