James Armstrong, 68, of Hamden passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Beloved husband of 47 years of Judith Johnson Armstrong, he is also survived by daughters Jennifer Armstrong and her partner Susan Nugent, Jodi and her husband Eric Germain, and Joelle Armstrong all of Hamden and Julie and her husband Chad Cabana of Bonnyville, Alberta Canada; sons Jared Armstrong and his wife Amanda of Wallingford and Josh Armstrong and his wife Brenda of Hamden; brothers Richard and Robert Armstrong and sisters Marilyn Corp and Carolyn Schulze and grandchildren Aidan and Casey Armstrong, Chloe, Jeremy and Gabrielle Germain, Mason, Brandon, Cody and Ava Armstrong, Ceara and Caden Cabana, Jake and Ryan Armstrong. A son of the late Cecil and Dorothy Armstrong, James was born in Omemee, Ontario Canada on March 1, 1943. A Mason, he was also a hockey coach at Quinnipiac College and was a professional hockey player with the New Haven Blades, the Seattle Totems and various other teams. Friends may visit with the family Wednesday, January 25, 2012 from 4-8 PM at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN. A funeral service will take place on Thursday at the funeral home at noon. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery. Contributions in James' memory can be made to either the Travis Roy Foundation, 60 State Street 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109 Attn: Brenda Taylor or the Myleodysplastic Syndromes Foundation, 4573 South Broad Street Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620.

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  1. Jim will be missed by everyone who knew him, he was very well liked and admired. Hugs and Prayers go out to his wife Judy and children

  2. Judie Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Jim. We do understand the impact this has on you and your family. My family has many great memories of Jim as both a child and young man. He was always a special person in our hearts. All our Love Aunt Gertie, Cousins Fay, Brian and Wayne

  3. My heart breaks for all of you at this time. Mr. Armstrong was a lovely person with a smile and warm greeting whenever I met him. Find peace in your wonderful memories and the love of family and life that he instilled in all of you.

  4. Dear Armstrong Family I was very saddened by this news and my deepest condolences. I loved every aspect of Army even when he was yelling at me. But I will always remember that great smile and quick wit sense of humor as well. It was always very obvious how much he cared and that meant a lot. I apply his many lessons daily. My sincerest sympathy during this difficult time. Rick Healy

  5. Dear Judy & Family…I was shocked & saddened to read of Jims’ passing…He was a great guy, always with a smile from ear to ear…I will keep him and all of you in my thoughts & prayers…Fondly, Sandie B.

  6. Heartfelt sympathy to Judy and the rest of the Armstrong family. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Jim, but I remember he was a great guy, and I remember how much happiness he and Judy shared. Prayers to all of you!

  7. I am so sorry for your loss to the the whole Armstrong family. Jim will be sadly missed in the hockey world by everyone he touched. I will always have and cherish fond memories of Coach Armstrong. Truely a great man.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Armstrong and the whole Armstrong family will always have a special place in my heart in being part of such fond memories of growing up in such a great neighborhood.

  9. I fondly remember Jim from the days of the New Haven Blades. Always the gentleman and gentle soul. My heartfelt sympathy to the family. He sleeps with the angels.

  10. I send my sincere condolences to the Armstrong family at this difficult time. I played for Coach Armstrong at Quinnipiac from 1980-84, and I have nothing but fond memories of my time playing for his QC Braves. He helped guide the hockey program into prominence at a crucial time. As a teacher and coach today, I bring many of the lessons I learned from Coach Armstrong to my own students and players. He will be missed.

  11. Jim was like a Grandpa to me. Everyday since I was little Jim would wave to me every morning. I loved Jim as he was my own Grandpa<3 R.I.P Pepa<3 Every summer me and Pepa would sit on the front porch and fall asleep 🙂 Love you Pepa

  12. Jim was practically a Grandpa to me. Since I could remember i would wave to him everyday. Even when i walk by I still look over to the house and wave. RIP jim

  13. Judy I am very saddened to hear of Jims passing. My name is Louise and I am Gunners exwife and it is hard to lose another one of our hockey family. May GOD be with you and your family!

  14. Judy, Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Jim. Jim always had a friendly smile and warm hello whenever we would meet at the various rinks watching the kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Be strong in your faith. Marlene and Eddie Miller

  15. Judy, Sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pauline and Paul

  16. Judy, Sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pauline and Paul

  17. Judy; I was very sorry to hear about Jim. He was always very nice to me and my association with him in Hamden youth hockey was great.

  18. Please know that Jim is in our hearts and prayers, and with you and family at this very difficult time. Our deepest condolences. Brian and Eleanor Shaw, Allison, Annie and A.J.

  19. To the whole family, Jim was a great guy, in our eyes one of the greatest men we ever had the pleasure of meeting, everything a husband, father, father in law and grandfather should be a true gentlemen. Belmont St will never be the same.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your friends and neighbors, Marna, Eric Alexa

  20. We are deeply touched by the death of Jim.We present our sincere condolences to the family.His stay with us in Toronto,during a Hockey Tournament,will be forever cherished.

  21. Dear Jen We are So very sorry about the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Susan, Aiden,Casey and your entire family. Thinking of you with love- The Letizia Family

  22. Dear Judy & Family: So sorry to learn of Jim’s untimely death. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Bob & Marie Mortali

  23. Dear Judy and Family, Our hearts go out to you in the loss of your Husband and Dad. We remember Jim as a wonderful man, always smiling. We will keep you in our prayers. Sincerely, Paul & Pat Thomas (Your old neighbors from Mather St.)

  24. Dear Judy and family, We cannot tell you in words how sad we are for your loss!Pepa will always be in our hearts.Our most sincere condoleances. M-Jo,Frank,Fabi,Jean-Yves and va. Love you all. XXX

  25. Dear Judy very very sorry to hear not very good news.I wish I was there to see him.He was a good man.truly gunner garrett

  26. Dear Mrs. Armstrong, Jennifer, Jodi,Jared, Julie, Josh and Joelle, I am so sorry for your sudden loss. sending prayers and strengthen to you all at this difficult time. I have such great memories with all of you as a kid. Mr Armstrong will be truly missed. I love you all. Love, Anne McManus Rogers

  27. Dear Mrs. Armstrong, Jennifer, Jodi,Jared, Julie, Josh and Joelle, so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolances. Mr Armstrong was a sweet man and I am glad to have known him over these years.

  28. Dearest Judy,Jen,Jodi,Jared,Julie, Josh,Joelle and families – There are no words that will ease your loss right now but in time the wonderful memories shared as a family will help to dull the pain. What a wonderful legacy Jim has left demonstrated by his wonderful family. He was a devoted husband, the kind of father every child should have, and role model of character and integrity to all the young men and women he has influenced. My heart aches so for all of you.

  29. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Mr. Armstrong, thank you for all the wonderful memories that you have given us. Forever youll be in our hearts. Someday we shall all meet again

  30. Jodi – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Your dad was such a great man. He will be missed.

  31. Joelle and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad and love one. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and I pray that God will wrap you in his arms and comfort you now and in the days ahead. Sincerely, Sonja Johnson YNHH

  32. Judy – My sincere sympathy is extended to you and your lovely family at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Jim & you from days gone by. Stay strong and your faith & wonderful memories will get you through the hardest of days.

  33. Judy, Julie, Joelle and Family – my deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your beautiful family. I was so saddened to hear this news. Please know that I think of you all often and will keep all of you in my prayers. -Christa Mrowka Bernacchia

  34. Julie and family ,we are very sorry to hear the sudden passing of your father.Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.Love to you all. Gaston,Jennifer,Braden & Evan

  35. My deepest condolences to your family, God bless your family and ease your pain during this time of sorrow, you have a wonderful family and together you will heal. God bless you.

  36. Our sincerest sympathy to you, Judy,and all your family. May God grant you the strenth and peace to endure this saddest of times.

  37. Pepa… There a real no words that can express how I am feeling at this time. It still doesn’t seem real. You have touched so many people, you were like a father to so many people. I am very lucky to have known such a wonderful man as yourself. I will never ever forget how you opened your house to me and accepted me into your family’s lives. I love you as if you were my own father and I am so very happy that Cody & Ava got to know their Pepa. To Mema, Jared, Jodi, Jen, Joelle, Julie and Josh, I am so sorry for your loss, Pepa is your Angel now and I love you all deeply! Amanda Armstrong

  38. To the entire Armstrong Family – Words cannot express the sorrow we feel in our hearts for your loss. Lance always spoke highly of coach but the lost expression on his face when he heard the news of Jim’s untimely death told me just how much Lance loved & respected him. Having lost our fathers – we know what you are all going through right now – stay united, take care of each other and you will find your love for each other and memories will get you through this. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  39. To the entire Armstrong family, I was so sad when I heard the news of Jim’s passing. I always looked forward to the days that Jim was in our MOH office. He was such a sweet man.I felt as if I’d known him 4-ever. He always smiled and he just had a way about himself that would make me smile and brighten my day at the office. He will be missed so much and I will always remember his kind demeanor. My prayers are with you.

  40. To the entire Armstrong Family, Our deepest condolences go out to you in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Eadevito Family

  41. To the entire Armstrong Family, Our deepest condolences go out to you in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Eadevito Family

  42. toute la famille Armstrong, Pendant ces jours plus pnibles, vous tes dans nos penses et de Qubec, nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous mme de loin… During these sad and hard days,we think about you all. From Qubec city and even if it is far apart, you are in our hearts… Que le meilleur soit ! We wish you the best ! Maria Danielle et la famille Germain

  43. Dear Judy and family. We were very sorry to hear of Jim’s death. He was a good man. We have recently moved to Avon to live with Eileen and her family. We are sorry we are unable to attend the services for Jim. We will keep him in our prayers.

  44. I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing since I was so much looking forward to being with him at our 50th anniversary reunion! We shared goal-tending duties with the Lincolns in 62-63 … my wishes to the Armstrong family… george cifa

  45. I was so sorry to hear the news of Mr. Armstrong. I always enjoyed talking hockey with him and loved the one year I played for Coach at Quinnipiac. All my thoughts and prayers to all of you in the Armstrong family.

  46. Judy and family we want you to know how saddening it was to hear about Jims passing. Jim was a great friend and father. We were so honored to have Jim as our Best Man at our wedding. There is nothing that can take away the great memories and fun times we had with Jim, you and the family. We know that each of you are grieving in your own independent way and want you to know that we are here to support you along with the many friends that Jim and you helped over the years. Jim, you and all those angels that surround you will always be in our thought and prayers. With love, Vance and Ed

  47. On behalf of the 1962-1963 Junior B St.Marys Lincolns Championship team, we would like to express our condolences to Jim’s family on his death. He has continued to support the team over the years by his annual purchase of a ticket for the yearly fundraiser. We had hoped to see him at the 50th anniversary of the championship win , next fall, but he will always be remembered by us all.

  48. DEAR JUDY AND FAMILY,ROBBIE AND I ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS JIM WAS A WOUNDERFUL HUSBAND AND FATHER AND A VERY KIND PERSON OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU ALWAYS ROBBIE AND LINDA

  49. To the Armstrong Family: I was so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing from a mutal friend, Richard Buckholz. I was fortunate to know Jim for 4 terrific years as their sports information director. To this day, I still have all my New Haven Blades scrapbooks with wonderful pictures of Jim, and I was thrilled and honored to know him and work for him when I came to Q and found out he was the hockey coach. I could not do enough for him or the program. A terrific goalie, even better person. Ready smile, engaging, friendly, and never tired of me asking questions about the Blades and the Arena. He almost seemed embarrassed by my at times gushing about his stature in Blades lore. I can still see him racing the length of the ice to join the celebration when the Blades won game 6 vs Syracuse in OT at the last game ever at the Arena. A thrill to work with and for him. A wonderful guy! My heartfelt and deepest condolances to everyone.

  50. Judy and family,my sincere condolences on your loss.I played softball with Jim on Forsythes,worked with Judy at Pegs,and watched Jim play for the Blades. He was a great person who will be missed by all.My deepest sympathy and prayres to the family.

  51. Judy and family, I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Nutmeg for a very long time. His warm smile and caring ways are a tribute to the wonderful man he was. He loved his family dearly and I remember each and everyone of you. His loss is truly felt and he will be missed. I dont think you ever get over losing someone so dear, you just find ways to cope. God Bless and lots of love your way – Lisa

  52. He was a big strong fullback at LCVI; a great goalie, but most of all, a really good guy. So sorry to hear of his passing. My condolances to his family. I always liked him.

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