John Archibald "Jack" Armstrong

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JOHN 'JACK' ARCHIBALD ARMSTRONG Of Dauphin, Manitoba, (1917-2010) died in his sleep December 26, 2010 in Nanaimo, British Columbia. He was the husband of June Keith Armstrong (1922-1986), the love and center of his life and father to six children: Diana (d. 1961), John (d. 1950), David, Mary Dawn, Doug and Drew. The boys were very different, but each raised well. He was blessed with two daughters- in-law, Susan and Gwen, four grandchildren: Terry, Candis, Stuart and Jared and one great- grandchild, Mekenzie. They were foremost in his life. He moved heaven and earth for the sake of his family. At first sight he was going to marry June, it took only six weeks. In their married life they had only one argument. They were best friends, closest confidants and did become 'One' in the best sense of the word. The children were 18 years apart and so raised kids for over 40 years and were always counselors and mentors to their children. He was generous with his heart, time and money and gave freely to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Duke of Edinburgh and Governor - General Study Conferences, various hospitals, universities, other charitable organizations and many times to someone in need of a helping hand. He never turned away a request for a good cause. He enjoyed, throughout his career, a personal reputation for moral and ethical standards unsurpassed in Canadian business. He was Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Oil from 1973-1981, Director of: the Royal Bank of Canada, International Chamber of Commerce, Fraser Institute, the Conference Board; an Officer of the Order of Canada, received two honourary degrees of law, and was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 2004. Funeral services will be held January 8th at 10:30 a.m. at the McCowan Road Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 395 McCowan Rd., Scarborough, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 3, 2011