Willard Thedore Armstrong II (Ted) was a passionate inventor, innovator and independent. He was a lifelong lover of biking. Born, October 21, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, he was the second son born to Willard Thedore Armstrong and Zeltee Toley Armstrong-Shelton. A graduate of Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, he went on to earn a degree in design to assist his interest in developing new plans for furnishings and recreational pieces. He was a very independent, intelligent and creative man, uniquely suited to his journey, who was deeply loved by his family. He left this path August 3, 2012 in Martinez, California. Ted's boyhood family would likely be described, by those who knew them, as loud. They talked loud. They laughed loud. Their love was loud. And though nurtured in that boisterous embrace, when he left for college, he may have discovered that his creative genius needed quiet to blossom, and so chose a solitary life in his adulthood, his living space and creative space one and the same. That space, now void, mirrors the space in our hearts that was filled with the promise of embracing him again. In lieu of a memorial gathering, his family asks that you remember Ted with a toast of the best wine you can afford (or other libation that makes you feel good). Drain the glass. Then set it down quietly and contemplate that expectant moment that passed far too quickly, when the glass and the promise were full to the brim. To Thedore: gone too soon, loved forever. Ted was preceded in transition by older brother and sister, Scott Nicholas Armstrong and MaryPearl Armstrong-Lindsay. He is a grandson of Preston Toley with Mary Robinson-Toley and Elias Armstrong with Pearl Gillespie Armstrong of Galveston Texas. Left to celebrate his being is sister, Delia Bliss Armstrong Busby and brother-in-law, Ronald Busby; brother, Preston Shelton Senior; nephews are: Preston Shelton Junior, Aaron Busby, Mike Hodges Junior, Michel line Hodges; and grandniece, Amaryah Evans. He leaves friends and colleagues In El Sobrante who showed him love and support in his twenty years with them. He leaves a space in the circle of his Armstrong family first cousins: Claudia, Dorothy. Jacob Jr. Harold, Cathey, Brenda, Seth Jr. Saundra, Emmett, Tish, and Bubby....
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Published in The Gazette on May 19, 2013