SP mayor remembered for his love for life, commitment to others

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 15, 2010

There was a simple basket of tomatoes and sweet peppers that greeted those who came to the funeral of the man friends liked to call the “quiet giant.”

The note tucked inside urged all who came to take as many as they liked of “Bob’s Blessings,” the fruit of the labor of Bob Armstrong, who in life loved to share his summer garden with all and in death was remembered for his generosity to everyone.

Tracy Brammer Funeral Home was the setting for the service for South Point Mayor Robert Armstrong who was eulogized Friday afternoon for his devotion to friends, family and home, a man known for both his serenity and wit.

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“Of all the words written there is one word if we would say it it would encompass his entire life,” the Rev. Charles Layne told an audience of about 200. “It is faithful. That is how I remember Bob. Bob was faithful. Faithful and devoted and committed to his family.

Speaking to Armstrong’s children, Layne said, “He gave everything to you. Bob gave you his love, his time, his talent, the example of the kind of life to lead.”

Armstrong, a longtime village councilman, died suddenly at his home on Monday.

He had only been named mayor in February after the death of Mayor Bill Gaskin.

Armstrong and Gaskin had both joined the village council in 1976, working together on many South Point improvement projects.

Among those speaking at the hour-long service was Armstrong’s son, Rodney, who talked about how much he learned from his father’s example.

“He enjoyed life to its fullest,” he said. “The legacy he left behind is what every one of us aspires to leave. Dad didn’t see himself as anything special, but he was unique.”