Obituary of Robert J. Armstrong, Esq.
Robert James Armstrong, Esq., 92, beloved husband of 58 years of Nancy Fahl Armstrong of Troy, peacefully entered into eternal life on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Born in Troy, he was the son of the Robert James Armstrong, Sr. and Rubina MacEwan Gillespie Armstrong. Bob was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1944, attended both Rutgers University and the University of Georgia and earned his “J.D.” Doctor of Jurisprudence from Albany Law School, Class of 1951.
Mr. Armstrong was a veteran of World War II having served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division. He served in the Honor Guard of General Douglas MacArthur. He was also awarded the Army of Occupation and World War II Victory medals.
Mr. Armstrong, a prominent Trial Attorney, spent his early years with the Viger Law Firm in Troy, served as Rensselaer County Assistant District Attorney for then District Attorney Charles Wilcox and had also been a partner in the Law Firm of Donohue, Sabo, Varley and Armstrong, retiring in 1980.
Bob enjoyed tennis in summer, skiing in winter and travel in all seasons. Some of his favorite adventures were had in the Austrian Alps, Morocco, Haiti and Portugal. He especially enjoyed the annual Armstrong Family Reunions held at Debordieux, South Carolina. He was a member of Troy Country Club and YMCA of Troy.
Survived by his wife Nancy Fahl Armstrong (married Feb. 11, 1961), sister-in-law Marianne Nelligan, niece, Beverly Burke Gunther (Dr. Stephen F. Gunther) of Potomac, MD, nephews; William Shaul Armstrong (Barbara) of Germantown, TN, Richard Armstrong (Carole) of Savannah, GA and the late Christine Armstrong, also survived by several grand nieces and nephews and godchildren and his canine companion, Brett. Predeceased by siblings; Arlene Armstrong Huntington (late, Sidney), Dr. William Gillespie Armstrong (late, Eleanor Shaul) and Elizabeth Armstrong Burke (late John E.S.).
Funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Morris-Stebbins-Miner & Sanvidge Funeral Home, 312 Hoosick Street Troy, NY 12180.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Interment with military honors will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.
Mrs. Armstrong would like to express her sincere gratitude to the dedicated staff of Van Rensselaer Manor.
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