Memorable Manitobans: Thomas A. Armstrong (c1894-1974)
Born in Ireland around 1894, he served with the Royal Irish Rifles in the First World War. He and his wife Margaret (?-1982) immigrated to Canada in 1920 and had three children: Florence Armstrong (1921-2009, wife of George William MacKay Forgie), Clifford “Larry” Armstrong (1925-2003), and Thomas James “Edward” Armstrong. The family settled in the Morse Place neighbourhood of East Kildonan and he worked for 35 years for the Winnipeg Transit System. He served numerous terms on the local municipal council between 1947 and 1966 and was named a citizen member to the East Kildonan Parks Board in 1968. He was a member of the St. Saviour Anglican Church, Prince Edward Legion, and was an active participant at the Morse Place Community Club. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 2 December 1974 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery. He is commemorated by Thomas Armstrong Park in Winnipeg.
Engagement notices [Thomas James Armstrong, Gladys Henie Storsater], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1943, page 9.
“Three attend Gladys Armstrong,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 1943, page 9.
“Florence Armstrong becomes bridge of George W. M. Forgie,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 May 1947, page 10.
“Procedural confusion over six vacancies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1954, page 3.
“Nominations for 9 more municipalities,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1956, page 3.
“Acclamations put 19 in office on suburban boards, councils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1958, page 3.
Obituary [Gladys H. Armstrong], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1962, page 23.
“New faces in suburbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 October 1964, page 3.
“Suttie only mayoralty victor in suburbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1966, page 12.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1974, page 33.
Obituary [Margaret Armstrong], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1982, page 52.
Obituary [Clifford Armstrong], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 September 2003, page C9.
Obituary [George William Forgie], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 January 2005, page B7.
Obituary [Florence Forgie], Winnipeg Free Press, 10 October 2009, page C12.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 9 October 2017
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