William M. Armstrong Sr.
HYANNIS, MA - William (Bill) M. Armstrong Sr., 71, of Hyannis, passed away at home on Friday, January 4, 2013 from complications stemming from a brief battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his wife, Ellen in 2006, and his son, Bill, Jr, also in 2006.
He is survived by his daughter Jane of Hyannis, his granddaughter, Senior Airman Ashley Armstrong of South Korea, his grandson, Brandon Armstrong of Shrewsbury, Mass, his sister Jeanette Padula of Franklin, Mass, his brother Adam (Butchie) of Texas, his brother John (Jack) Armstrong, of Blackstone, Mass, his sister MaryJane Gravel of Blackstone, and many loved and wonderful in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Not bad for an old guy, was his usual response to how are you. He was a master of mechanical and carpentry tools. He grew up in Bellingham on a large family working farm with twelve siblings where he grew to love and care for all of God's creations. He began his adult career with a mason firm, and being an entrepreneur at heart, became a self-employed carpenter, general contractor independently and at times with partners. He finished his career as a construction supervisor. In his retirement years he still consulted on construction projects, and tinkered with anything mechanical. Having grown up spending summers at Nauset Beach with his parents and siblings, he continued the tradition with his own family and eventually relocated to Cape Cod. Being a dedicated family man in the 1960's he founded the first competitive salt water fishing club in Massachusetts inclusive of the whole family, His and Hers Striped Bass Fishing Club. He was a hell of a guy with a big heart. He was a passionate and entertaining story teller.
He loved motorcycles, fast cars and airplanes. As a kid, built and raced cars with his brothers, as well as engineering homemade flying machines. He enjoyed sailing, golfing, fishing, clamming, dancing, Chivas and Bud, and lots of people around him. A working man, gone fishing.
Visitation will be held in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills from 9:00-10:30am. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 South Main St., Centerville. A celebration of his life and his late wife Ellen will follow. For online guest book and directions, please visit