Samuel Dickson Armstrong, age 75, passed away on March 6, 2021, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. He was 75. For three years, he had courageously battled intermittent lung cancer and then, most recently, the complications of COVID-19. The youngest of three children, Sam was born on April 11, 1945, in Springfield, MA. He was the son of Thomas Francis Armstrong and Helen (Bock) Armstrong and the brother of Carol and Tom. Later he became the beloved uncle of Maureen and her son Eamon. His father had come from Ireland, and Sam was proud of his Irish heritage. He enjoyed living most of his life in West Springfield. He graduated from West Springfield High School in 1963 and went on to serve in the United States Air Force. Later he earned his Associates Degree from Holyoke Community College. He was a dedicated employee of Western Mass Electric (now Eversource) for over 36 years, working as a meter reader and later as a meter and service representative. He retired in 2007 and then went on to work for the West Springfield Council on Aging for many years, delivering Meals on Wheels. Throughout his adult life, he was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of West Springfield, where he served for a while on the board of trustees and sang in the choir for many years. Sam had many other interests. Over his lifetime, he traveled to various states and countries, including Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. He enjoyed taking hikes on some of New England’s notable trails and mountains. He was fond of nature, especially birds. He enjoyed caring for his cats, and he loved listening to classical music, especially pieces by Handel and Bach. Sam was an avid reader, particularly of suspense novels. One of his favorite activities was going to the West Springfield Public Library. He was known by his friends and family as being a weather enthusiast, fascinated by clouds and thrilled by sunsets. He always paid attention to the weather and recorded it every day on a calendar. He also had an extraordinary memory for geographic details, honed by his work traveling around the area for Western Mass Electric—and no one could back into a parking space more skillfully than Sam. With a subtle sense of humor and kind smile, he was soft-spoken, modest, humble, generous, trustworthy, and loyal in his relationships with others. He will always be fondly remembered by those who knew and loved him. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Helen. He is survived by his sister Carol A. Downing, of New Hampshire, his brother Thomas R. Armstrong and his wife Joanne, of Southampton, MA, his niece, Maureen Downing, of Nevada, and his great-nephew, Eamon Conway, of New Hampshire, along with many friends, especially from his church and retirees group. He is also survived by his beloved partner of over 26 years, Linda Callahan, of Chicopee, MA, who will deeply miss him, especially their regular Scrabble games. Finally, he will be missed by Linda’s relatives on the West Coast, the Pomeroy family, including Kay, Ken, Shannon, Eric, Ryan, and Jenny. On behalf of the family, Linda wishes to thank the superb staff of the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care and Baystate Medical Center for all the compassionate care they gave Sam. A Calling Hour will take place from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, followed by a brief service, on Friday, March 26, at First Baptist Church, West Springfield. Burial will then take place at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam, MA. As per MA COVID restrictions, masks and social distancing will be required. It is suggested that memorial contributions in Sam’s name, if desired, be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 337 Piper Rd., West Springfield, Friends of the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Ave., West Springfield, or the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main St., Springfield, MA. The Toomey-O’Brien Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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