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    2011-05-21 Worcester Fire Capt. Robert N. Armstrong Sr. Retired

    Robert N. Armstrong, Sr., 85, of Princeton St., Jefferson, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 21, 2011, after an illness. He was born in Holden, the son of John S. and Mary T. (Nolan) Armstrong, and moved to Worcester in 1957, returning to Holden in 1983. Bob attended the Holden Schools and graduated from Worcester Boy's Trade High School.

    Bob proudly served his country during World War II enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 serving aboard the U.S.S. Elokomin. He continued his patriotism by being recalled and again served in the Navy during the Korean War, discharging in 1953. On August 28, 1948, Bob married Rita M. DeJoinville and together in Worcester they raised their four sons.

    He was a 34-year veteran firefighter for the City of Worcester, retiring in 1990 as a Captain with Engine Two, South Division. Bob was a member of the Worcester Firefighter's Union Local 1009, Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, Worcester Firefighter's Relief Association and the Main South American Legion Post in Worcester. He was also a life member of St. Mary's Church in Jefferson.

    Bob leaves his wife of 62 years, Rita M. (DeJoinville) Armstrong; four sons, Robert N. Armstrong, Jr. and his companion JoAnn Long of Webster, Ronald G. Armstrong and his wife Julianne of Rutland, Thomas J. Armstrong and his wife Deborah of Townsend, Delaware and William J. Armstrong and his wife Bernadette of Worcester; two brothers, Ronald Armstrong, Sr. of Jefferson and John S. Armstrong of Hudson; a sister, Joan Eithier of Palm Bay, Florida; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by a brother, Roger Armstrong and two sisters, Katherine Parker and Jeanette Winslow.

    Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25th, at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 26th, at St. Mary's Church, 114 Princeton St., Jefferson. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Worcester Firefighter's Local Union 1009 Scholarship Fund, 625 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602. For online condolences, please visit:

    milesfuneralhome.com
    Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette on May 23, 2011

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    Bob proudly served his country during World War II enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 serving aboard the U.S.S. Elokomin. He continued his patriotism by being recalled and again served in the Navy during the Korean War, discharging in 1953

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