ARMSTRONG; Andrew Thomas. May 21, 1944 – March 1, 2013. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy on Friday the 1st of March, 2013 in Chilliwack Hospital. Andy fought a long and brave battle with his illness but was simply too tired to continue.
Left to mourn and to miss his powerful spirit is his family: wife Marilyn; son Clayton; grandson, Kodiak; mother, Phyllis; brothers and their families: (Gerry and Caroline, Jim and Eileen), sister-in-law Karen. Many nieces and nephews will also miss his wisdom and his humour. A special mention of his friend and colleague John is included. Andy also had many other friends who will grieve his loss. Andy was predeceased by his father, Bob; sister, Rosalie; brother, Tony; and his parents-in-law, Len and Mickey. During his lifetime, Andy was active in the mining industry with many years in the field as a geologist, and later in the exploration business. When Andy retired as an active geologist and returned from the US to Canada, he turned his attention and his numerous talents to activities he then had time to perform. Fortunate people have been the happy recipients of his artwork and he became well known for his bread and jam donations to many larders. Perhaps his strongest efforts were directed towards participating in helping to educate his beloved grandson. Many math problems were solved, art projects were faxed, and poems were written long distance.
Grandpa and Kody formed a strong, unbreakable bond. Kody is feeling Andy’s loss. Those of us who have been privileged to watch their relationship can see Andy every day in Kody. Special thanks to Dr. Cambridge and to Andy’s nurses at Chilliwack Hospital. They were kind and gentle. Also gratitude to Grandmother, Karen, Gerry and the extended Vanderpol family who kept vigil at Andy’s bedside no matter how difficult it became. Please no flowers. Andy was always an animal lover so donations to Chilliwack Safe Haven, 49843 Chilliwack Central Road, V2P 1P5 or to the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. A tribute to Andy’s life will be planned soon and the details will be printed or e-mailed so those wishing to attend may do so.