July 29, 1929 – October 20, 2021
“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that face judgement, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people: and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Hebrews 9: 27,28
On Wed, Oct 20, 2021 Vern Armstrong formerly of Watson Lake, recently of Whitehorse took his first breath in heaven, a place he prepared for when he was only 18 years of age and was 92 when he arrived.
Meeting Jesus was what he lived for, and to see his wife of over 40 years, Edith, and other loved ones would have made the best day of his existence! But he left behind to mourn his passing, wife Cynthia, his 4 children Brian, Ruth, Trish and Shari, 8 grandkids and 12 great grandkids.
In the Yukon Vern leaves his brothers Edward Armstrong (Mr Ed’s Propane) Lorne Armstrong, sister Doris Terrian, Nephews Barry Collie (Patsy Simcox) Brent Church (Cathy), Nieces Shelley Weedmark (Jammie) Lisa Armstrong (Graham Gifford) Stephanie Hamer (Chad) and a whole whack of friends.
He is further survived by brother Bruce Armstrong in Victoria, sisters Isobel Kushniryk (Bill) and Evelyn Yufrym (Dagwood Glenndenning) of Swan River Manitoba and Darlene Church (Norman) in Leduc Alberta.
Vern was born in 1929 on a farm in Bowsman River, Manitoba the eldest of 13 kids. He lived in Swan River Man until he was 65, raising his family and working for over 30 years as the Co-op Lumber Manager. His wife died in 1993 and two years later the Lord brought Cynthia to walk alongside him for the next 26 adventure filled years.
The Armstrongs moved to Watson Lake in 2003 where Cynthia worked as a home care RN and Vern began to use his carpentry skills and knowledge doing odd jobs for homeowners, the hospital, Johnson Elementary School, Liard Evangelical Free Church, SignPost Seniors and out at Hidden Lakes Bible Camp.
He was always ready to help out as he could whenever called upon. Vern was also predeceased by 4 siblings, 2 of which lived here in the Yukon Bernice McIntosh (1979) and Judy Armstrong. (2014)
Cynthia would like to thank Vern’s Home Care team consisting of Elizabeth Read, Tracy Rempel, Karen LaPrairie, Maggie O’Connor- Brook and Marieke Hiensch who together gave him the finest of care, encouraging him to stay active and healthy, supporting us in so many ways. Thank you.
Vern also attended the Whistlebend Day program twice a week run by Meghan, Erin, Jessica and Koreen. These ladies brought so much joy to Vern, he really hated to miss any days. They are wonderful, gentle caring souls who devote themselves to ensuring all who attend focus on active living, helping them to reach their potential. You guys are precious! Thank you.Obituary