Francis (Frank) G. Armstrong, 90, of Locust Valley passed away on March 10, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Frank was born in Mt. Kisco, NY on October 23, 1923, the son of the late Frank and Margaret (Kennedy) Armstrong. After graduating from Glen Cove High School in 1942, he was employed by the FBI fingerprint division for the next 1 1/2 years before enlisting in the Army Air Corps.
In 1939, his parents began renting 9 acres from the Guthries of “Meudon.” With the purchase of 10 cows they began “Armstrong Dairy.” In 1947, Frank and his father purchased this acreage on Peacock Lane and with his brothers Arthur and Robert they continued to work the farm that expanded to include Jersey cows, a bottling plant and local milk delivery. Many who knew Frank will remember their kindergarten field trips to the Dairy where they visited the farm operation and finished the tour with a snack of Girl Scout cookies and Armstrong Dairy chocolate milk.
In May 1949, Frank met the love of his life, Elsie Swenson of Glen Cove. They were married the following year and had four children who had the joy of growing up on the “Dairy.”
Frank was the epitome of community service. As a charter member of the Locust Valley Rotarians, he served as President, Blood Drive Chairman, and played an active role in all their fund raising activities including the Mill Neck Manor Apple Sale and the Oktoberfest.
He received the LV Club’s first Paul Harris Award. Frank coached baseball and volunteered for many years at the Grenville Baker Boys Club receiving both the “Man of the Year” award in 1969 and the “Hall of Fame” award in 2010. He served on the Locust Valley School Board for seven years, serving as president for several of those years.
Frank retired from the milk delivery business in 1985 but continued to find more avenues to serve the community. For a time, he coordinated the delivery of Meals on Wheels including making meal deliveries himself and forming many friendships in the process. He became an active member in the Reformed Church where he served as an Elder coordinating many building projects and spiritual ventures including playing an instrumental role in establishing the Manorville Church. He led men’s Bible ministries at both the Reformed Church and later at Trinity Lutheran where he was a member when he passed away.
Each spring, Frank took great pride in planting his flower gardens. In his spare time, he continued working at the Dairy, and when he could squeeze it in he and Elsie traveled.
Because of his integrity and commitment to causes and the people he loved he had a large network of family and lifelong friends. He loved to spend time with them especially his cherished grandchildren. Each one of them held a special place in his heart.
Frank is survived by Elsie, his wife of 63 years, and children; John Armstrong (Julie) of Sharon, MA, children Jessica and Jodi; Jane Hamilton (Rick) of Milton, VT, children Kate and Sarah; Jim Armstrong (Jane) of Locust Valley, children Blake and Lindsay; and Jeff
Armstrong, children Jason, Tonya and Rebecca. Frank was known as the Patriarch of the Armstrong clan at family gatherings in Rhode Island and Long Island and dearly loved his nieces and nephews Barbara, Maggie, Bari, Robert, Ronni, Charles, Ken, Allyn, Tim and
Nils. He is survived by his sisters-in-law Alice Geddes and Teresa Swenson and his brother, Edward Armstrong. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Arthur and Robert Armstrong, niece Robin and nephew Frederick Armstrong.
The family would like to thank Dr. Deluca for his caring and compassion and all the friends who regularly stopped by for a visit.
A celebration of Frank’s life was held Saturday March 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Glen Cove. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church (www.trinitylutheranglencove.com) or Tuscarora Staff Building Fund (www.tuscarora.org).
Visiting and arrangements by McLaughlin Kramer Megiel Funeral Home.