Donald Hart Armstrong, of Marshfield, passed away from cancer on March 30, 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. A native of the Philadelphia area, Don was born to Lorraine and the late Donald G. Armstrong. Following school, Don enlisted in the US Navy in 1983. He trained as a Naval Air crewman and as an Aviation Rescue Swimmer. He served in helicopter squadrons in the Persian Gulf and Norfolk, VA before his honorable discharge in 1987. In 1988, while attending Temple University, Don met his future wife Anna-Elina Eerola, a Finnish medical student. They lived in the Philadelphia area while both completed their studies. Don received a BA in Architecture from Temple. His strong technical drafting ability and powerful spatial intelligence led him into equipment planning for hospitals and food service facilities. In 2003, he opened his own firm, E-Quip Consultants. The Armstrong family moved to Marshfield in 2008. Don loved to cook and entertain family and friends, being an exuberant host and an adventurous gastronome. He loved the outdoors, fishing and trail cycling. Don is survived by his wife, Anna-Elina, and his daughters Emma K. and Alexanna G. Armstrong in Helsinki, along with his mother, Lorraine L., sisters Lisa A. and Allison K. Armstrong, and niece Erin H. Sweeney, all in the Philadelphia area. A private memorial was held in Lafayette Hills, PA on April 14, 2013.
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Published in The Marshfield Mariner from May 14 to May 21, 2013